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The sound, the price, the portability, the versatility and the features packed in this amp make it pretty much unbeatable, tonewise there are better amps, but this is such an all around great unit that makes it the perfect amp for me, too bad that after 6 years, a couple of repairs and tons of use and abuse, the speaker on mine is starting to make this rattle when turned up or playing hard, will definitely buy a new one asap

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Did you ever make any headway into a reverb tank replacement?

 

Nope, I decided against it. I picked mine up for about $50 used and I only wanted to do very small effective mods to the amp. The LED mod for me (ymmv) opened up the boost channel, I'm a little less afraid to take it to louder jams and I didn't really get along with the stock distortion. The mod cost me about 20-30 minutes of my time and no $. Lately that's all I've been about, just doing what I can with stuff and not getting too obsessed with it. If I sell the stuff down the road it's all win win with not too much time or money lost in upgrades. The reverb tank is good for what it does. I'd like a little more out of it but lately I've been using pedals to cover those bases. idn_smilie.gif

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LOVE MY PATHFINDER
its my coffee shop/practice/recording at apartment/small gig amp

does the radiohead thing


also I did the led mod a whole back, WAY FUCKING LOUD NOW.

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Added "Info threads, upgrade and mod resources:" section to the OP with SnorkelMonkey's Muy Caliente mod thread. If you think there are other threads or resources (here on HC or elsewhere) that would be good info, post a reply and I'll add it to the front page.

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Quote Originally Posted by fuzzface71 View Post
Count me in! wink.gif

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i have both those voxes! the Brian May sounds pretty darn good with the clean side cranked. i'm thinking of doing a stereo rig w/ these.

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Quote Originally Posted by fuzzface71 View Post
Count me in! wink.gif

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This is just great, the board, the amps (how's the deacy?) but I'm currently gas'ing hard for an SG, how do you like yours with the pathfinder?

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Quote Originally Posted by hilikus8 View Post
This is just great, the board, the amps (how's the deacy?) but I'm currently gas'ing hard for an SG, how do you like yours with the pathfinder?
Hey thanks! Like most guitars. They all sound good thru the Pathfinder. wink.gif


Quote Originally Posted by JrB View Post
i have both those voxes! the Brian May sounds pretty darn good with the clean side cranked. i'm thinking of doing a stereo rig w/ these.
DO IT! biggrin.gif

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Anyone know if it's possible to fashion a dummy plug for the footswitch jack? If there isn't a footswitch plugged in, there's a subtle (but still noticeable) slow trem effect in the background.

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I sure wish they still made the covers for them. My 15r is my go-to rehearsal amp. It's eventually gonna get dinged up being moved around as much as it is. It also sounds good through my Reverend 2x12 cab. I wanna play a small gig with it.

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I have 2 of them now. I don't use anything else anymore ampwise.

What do you guys use for dirt?
Big Box Rat works pretty well for me... what else should I try?

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Quote Originally Posted by penelope twee View Post
What do Pathfinder fans think of the ac4? Do you consider it to be inferior? Or just not worth the extra money?
Wish I could tell you, I was looking at them when they first came out and just never picked one up. Musicians Friend was giving them away when you bought an AC15 or AC30, and I just picked you a AC15C1. Suck.


Anyway, I still love my Pathfinder 10. I keep it at my parents house along with a Epi Casino for when I go to visit. Great little living room amp.

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Quote Originally Posted by penelope twee View Post
What do Pathfinder fans think of the ac4? Do you consider it to be inferior? Or just not worth the extra money?
I have both the PF15r and the AC4TV8. Both different animals. Both with 8" speakers. The AC4's speaker like most 8" speakers sounds tiny and a little anemic. By contrast the PF's sounds more like a 12" all be it maybe a less efficient 12". The AC4 has early tube breakup. It's been a while because I modified my PF for more headroom and volume but the PF breaks up later and has a more solid state "screamer" type distortion where they were using solid state components to get a tube like sound. Something close that comes to mind are effects pedals that attempt to do the same. With a regular rock band you'd be pressing it to gig with an AC4, maybe with a larger cabinet but you would be at full tilt the whole time. The PF can be used to gig with. It has enough headroom and volume (more with the LED mod) to gig with a mellow act, and pushing max with a more aggressive act. At the price If I was lack of an amp and needed one on the cheap I would get a PF first. I look at the AC4TV as more of a home rocker for practice and for use in the studio.

Quote Originally Posted by monsterbot View Post
In a thread over at TDPRI, a member posted that he put in a new reverb pan. Specifically this one:

http://www.amplifiedparts.com/produc...P-RMOD-8AB2A1B

Hoping Snorkelmonkey or someone else could weigh in on if it's the correct tank for a replacement. At less than $23 shipped, it seems it'd be worth the effort.
Hey Monsterbot, I was looking into upgrading the reverb tank but never got around to it. On the stock tank itself it does have the input/output ohms ratings where you could go off and find a more robust tank from. I remember finding something that was the largest that could be tacked down inside the PF's cab on the floor. Sorry I forget the model it's been a while.

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Quote Originally Posted by SnorkelMonkey View Post
Hey Monsterbot, I was looking into upgrading the reverb tank but never got around to it. On the stock tank itself it does have the input/output ohms ratings where you could go off and find a more robust tank from. I remember finding something that was the largest that could be tacked down inside the PF's cab on the floor. Sorry I forget the model it's been a while.
I was going to register an account and ask over at TDPRI, but the guy who posted hasn't been there since January of this year, so I doubt he'd post back with more insight. I had the chassis out the other day. I was looking for info on the tank, but didn't see anything. Maybe I just missed it. When I pull it apart again, I think I'll do the LED mod you came up with.

Right now, my Pathfinder has a bass resonance issue if it's not sitting on the floor. I like to tilt it back a little so the speaker is pointing toward my ears instead of my feet. When I do that, or put it on a table, the low-end bass frequencies make a sort of rattling sound on sustained notes. At first I thought it was the speaker, but after pulling it apart and having the speaker in the baffle sitting on its own (out of the amp) there was no resonance. Only when it's in the combo enclosure does it resonate. I imagine it's the baffle vibrating against the rest of the cabinet somewhere. I think I might find a piece of felt or something similar to put in between the two. Or maybe glue some sort of bracing material (2x4?) against the sides or bottom of the cabinet.

The reason I bring it up is because I'm wondering, if I put a reverb tank on the cabinet floor, if the same resonance will constantly vibrate the springs in the pan. I wonder if maybe some rubber washers or something similar would reduce vibration.

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That might work. If you can't find any markings on the tank shoot me an email and I'll see about checking mine out for you. It might have been on the inside of the tank? I could swear it was a sticker on the outside.

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Quote Originally Posted by SnorkelMonkey View Post
That might work. If you can't find any markings on the tank shoot me an email and I'll see about checking mine out for you. It might have been on the inside of the tank? I could swear it was a sticker on the outside.
Could be and I just missed it (the sticker). I'll let you know either way.

On the LED mod, do I work from the top (LED) side? I was thinking a pair on needle-nose and hitting the pads with the iron from the top while pulling should work to get them out.

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I just pulled the board and hit the bottom with a soldering iron. If you can hit it up top go for it. Some just cut the leads which would also do the trick.

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