02-21-2003 12:10 AM
02-21-2003 12:51 PM
02-21-2003 07:09 PM
Originally posted by Shemp
For about $1300 all in you can have "Dumble" tone... Pick up a SF Bassman or a Traynor YBA1 and ship it off to Andy Fuchs for the ODS 50 mod. I have a modded Traynor and it is an amazing clean and high gain machine. Very responsive (read zero sag in the power supply) this amp kicks your ass until you build your chops up.
Andy has modeled his design on the Dumble circuit and nails it imho.
Mine is over on the right hand side of this photo. Very cool amp at an unbelievable price!
02-22-2003 06:04 AM
02-22-2003 11:57 AM
Originally posted by mvm
Well w/ 3,626 posts I figured you weren't a teen-20 something procrastinating
As I mentioned, I've got that amp too. I N.O.S.'d it w/ the best tubes from
Mullard GZ34 rectifier and ECC83 pre-amps (first stage gain is a 6072A
-12AY7- i.e. about 45% gain of a 12AX7 like the originals), matched set of Svetlana 6L6GC's and put six coats of Zinnser Bulleye Shellac (tinted) on it. The tweed texture's clearly there but the amp is sealed- basically the color of the lighter-colored horizontal threads in the grill cloth.
Also, I reversed the speaker leads so it "plays forward".
Can you describe or refer me to one of your posts, re; any particular customizations
you've done to your Bassman? You're clearly a fan also.
02-22-2003 05:25 PM
Originally posted by mvm
The whole '80's shred thing has always left me laughing -with it.
I'm not knocking it (i.e. laughing at it), I just never got into it
myself and therefore, consider it a realm within which I'm 100%
OK with being incompetent -like classical or flamenco.
It's such an amazing instrument- like the saying "there are many
roads to Mecca", approaches to the guitar are infinite. Additionally,
there's almost always SOMETHING about another guy's playing
that makes him fun to jam with and I try to always be sure to
leave other guys feeling that way about my playing.
In short, it sounds like you've developed a cool style to be comfortable
with. My thing lately (last few years) has been disciplining myself
to write things down and keep them organized (i.e. songs/ chord charts).
I'm gonna have to ask Mike about that polarity thing you mentioned....
Sure- check out pages 53-54 in "The Definitive Bassman" chapter of Gerald Weber's
A DESKTOP REFERENCE OF HIP VINTAGE GUITAR AMPS, it's all there.
since mine isn't true to the '59 specs from end to end(output transformer is HD 8 ohm)
I'm using Jensen P10R(Italian) speakers in in, with a 8-ohm OP transformer. That way,
I can hook up a single 15" open back cab to it when ever I want. I LIKE the sound of
15"s for guitar as a general rule.
The other day, I tilted one back in a guitar store and raised my eyebrows at seeing
that Fender's evidently now selling them stock with Jensen P10R's. Mine came with Eminence 1028K's. I don't know the difference honestly, but I'd sooner have EXACT when it comes to buying a REISSUE. As to your 15" thing, I've never tried it, but it sounds like for you, the whole "first-take's a winner" thing's going on, vs. hammering away to get it "right" in your own mind. That's the thing I've found. Once you are completely into your tone and sound, "the muse" enters you and you wind up performing as though somebody else is just using your body. Once you're warmed up and that happens, it's the best. I think the same thing happens in about every sport where a guy "enters the zone". Santana now claims that's what the Dumble has done for him, vs. Mesa. I'll bet the guys at Mesa would like to take pliars and a blowtorch to Carlos these days. The interviews crack me up.
The tubes are all NOS too, as you have found, sound much better than any recent
manufacture. I use the TungSol 5881 power tubes, and either a 12ay7 or 12ax7
Mullard in V1(depends on my mood).... and RCA blackplate 12ax7 tube and Philips
NOS tube in the other two slots. THe 5AR4 rectifier is a British made(Mullard) tube as
Holy shit. you done owns the HOLY GRAIL! TungSol 5881's must have been great
to find. Do you REALLY notice the difference vs. say, Svetlana 6L6GC's? If so,
can you describe it (at various volume settings)?
I've been wanting to try the extreme mod I mentioned earlier, going to 4x6V6 power
tubes...... with the same Bassman tone circuits...... I also want to try that really low
power rectifier tube,, to see what it sounds like,,,, it cuts the output on a Bassman by
about 30%.......which can be a good thing for smaller gigs, or really lively rooms....
When you do, please post it. I'm a little cornfused at four power output tubes w/ a Bassman. Also, one thing I happened to notice on other '59's-- they've got this secure-with-a-spring mechanism holding in the power tubes. Mine never had these.
Pissed me off. Does yours?
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