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Rahlstin
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Oct 25th, 2013 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This amp sounds so good right out of the box Ive changed my mind. Going to leave it as is. Till I get bored anyways.

SKI
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Maine

Nov 17th, 2013 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, I'm thinking about joining the venerable DRRI brotherhood...again. I had one for many years, then ditched it for a 5E3, which is still my main gigging amp. That said, I'd like an amp with a little more headroom and built-in 'verb and trem, hence the DRRI.

My biggest issue with the DRRI when I had one before was that it was a little too bright and I would've liked it to breakup just a little bit earlier. I'm thinking a speaker swap could help address these concerns.

Any speaker swap suggestions/similar observations from others?

carsten

on the rhine

Nov 17th, 2013 11:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi SKI!

Yes, a different speaker can go a long way!
See, the original DR used a really "weak" Oxford 12K5 - it doesn┬┤t have a lot of volume or bass-punch (or anything else that modern players may crave), but it sounds real nice and breaks up really sweet!
I┬┤ve been through a boatload of different speakers myself and I┬┤d skip the "regular" recommendations and go straight for a nice little vintage speaker.

Of course - if you want a sweeter sound and earlier break-up, the Princeton Reverb would be a good choice, too!
I used to have a Vicky Tweed Deluxe and sold it after I got my PR ;-)

cheers - C.

stinger22
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USA

Nov 18th, 2013 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

See above, Eminence Maverick with the FDM. Set the DRRI on 4.5-5, the sweatspot, then use the FDM effect to control the amp volume.

jhawkr
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Wichita, KS USA

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Nov 19th, 2013 04:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine has the Alnico Jensen P12Q and I love it! It will really pump out the bass and can be very warm sounding if that is what you want.

smrybacki

Newville, PA

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Nov 19th, 2013 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just realized that I have had my Deluxe Reverb RI for 10 years now. Wow, that went fast.

Still stock but for JJ Tubes all around and it sounds just great. Nicely broken in. I've read where people say this amp sounds harsh as compared to the original. I can't say I have played an original, but I can say that I don't think this amp sounds harsh in any way.

Lately, I have really reconnected hard with it after selling my Bassman LTD (just way more amp than I needed anymore) and briefly considering a Princeton Reverb RI. This amp was my first ever tube amp, and it is still really all the amp I need. It makes me smile whenever I play it still, and I am reminded that Leo's original designs are still the best ones today.

(This message was last edited by smrybacki at 10:49 AM, Nov 19th, 2013)

Juice Nichols

Panama City, FL

Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Nov 19th, 2013 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't believe I've had my DRRI for over 13 years now. In the last year or so I replaced the stock speaker with a Vintage 30 and had the power tubes switched to TAD 6L6's.

It can peal paint off of the walls now. LOL ;)

Mintage

Europe

Nov 23rd, 2013 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play my DRRI for 8 years by now - without any problems - but I changed the tubes after buying it, corrected the bias (it was set much too cold) and after 5 years the awful IC-capacitors were thrown out by a technician ("the fact that Fender relies on these rubbish IC-capacitors is unbelievable: one main reason for a bad sound/problems in nearly every tube amp they produce" - so the tech).
The stock speaker (Jensen C12K) was broken in after half a year of playing (no bedroom level !) and I am happy never changing it to a Celestion (great speakers but not for that Fender Blackface clean-sound).

No problems with the circuit/pots/sockets/noises so far !

The amp I will never sell !!

SKI
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Maine

Nov 27th, 2013 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Will a Weber 12A125A 30 watt speaker work in the DRRI?

Fritz_D_Cat
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Nov 29th, 2013 04:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That or a Blue dog very nice indeed. Tone will have detail up top and tighter bass. The highs don't go fizzy when you drive it cuz the speaker will compress some. Lovely.

SKI
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Maine

Nov 29th, 2013 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks! Ok...another related question: which wattage speaker would work best in a DRRI if I go with a Weber 12A150, 25 watts or 50 watts?

Fritz_D_Cat
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Nov 29th, 2013 09:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

25 w will have some speaker breakup. I would vote for the 50 w engine.

SKI
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Maine

Nov 30th, 2013 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, FDC! I think I'm going to pull the trigger and go with the 50 watt 12A150 for the DRRI. Will report back here the results.

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Jan 20th, 2014 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always favor the breakup to come from the amp- speaker breakup is too unpredictable for me.

Fritz_D_Cat
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Jan 21st, 2014 05:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^^ THIS ^^

fredocaster

USA

May 13th, 2014 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Joining the order..... Got one a few weeks ago. I really like the Jensen speaker much better than the previous one. I had hesitated buying one of these in the past, they sounded harsh to me. But not this latest version (i assume it is the speaker that is different). I was really thinking about the Princeton before, but 22 watts and a bit more headroom works better when playing gigs with the band.

fredocaster

USA

May 24th, 2014 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just did my 3rd gig with the DRRI. I've been seriously considering snipping the bright cap on the vibrato channel. But the last gig changed my mind on this. Started the show on the normal channel. I didn't need reverb (at first). Boomy room, not many people had arrived while we were in the first set. But as the club filled up with more people, the band got a little louder. I turned up a little, but i was not really cutting through the mix. I really did not want to get a lot louder. I switched to the vibrato channel. Cut through just fine and got some great tone as well in that situation.

I think that Leo got this amp right back in 1965. I'm not snipping the cap.

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Jul 2nd, 2014 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Picked up mine today. This and my Excelsior are about as heavy as I am willing to go weight-wise.

What I mistook for a big ceramic magnet Celestion is a big ceramic magnet Jensen with a peeling label. The magnet looks bigger than any vintage Jensen I recall but it sounds good. It came with the cover and the foot switch.

Sounds good with all my guitars, even those with hot humbuckers.

CurtO

USA

Are there power outlets in Heaven?
Aug 25th, 2014 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi all, I just became a member of the DRRI club. I bought it used sight unseen from a Guitar Center in another state than my own. I got lucky it's in excellent condition. However upon re-installing the tubes from their shipping bubbles, I noticed a mishmash of tubes. The power tubes are matched, but not all of the others were 12AX7s as the chart says. I had one 12AT7 and I can't remember the other one. Just curious what tubes others are using or suggest for the preamp section?
All opinions welcome.
Thanks,
P.S. It sounds so good I might sell all my other amps, so I'm not necessarily looking to replace any tubes just yet.

(This message was last edited by CurtO at 05:50 PM, Aug 25th, 2014)

ChampAmp

Louisville, KY

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Aug 30th, 2014 10:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The amp has 12AT7s....here, as referenced by many:

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