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justonwo
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Jan 29th, 2005 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Planning on it tomorrow. I'm going to take my Les Paul down to the studio. My new preamp tubes also arrived (the replacements for my microphonic ones), so I'm going to swap those out as well. I'm not sure what to expect tonally since the new tubes are all Electro-Harmonix and the current ones are GT. I was even considering buying a few NOS tubes but, unfortunately, the Vibroverb has so many tubes it's just too darn expensive right now. Not like retubing my little Champ.

Anyway, I'll leave the tube swapping for much further down the road. Right now, I'll just enjoy the amp as is.

By the way, do you have any favorite settings that you would recommend for humbuckers?

Peppy

Tucson

Jan 29th, 2005 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just either bring the treble up a bit more or if boosting through my Sparkle Drive sometimes...sometimes....I put the bright switch on.

justonwo
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Jan 30th, 2005 01:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, Peppy, just reading through the old Vibroverb thread that SuperReverb2 started a while ago and noticed that your VV buzzed when you first bought it. What did you end up doing to fix it?

Peppy

Tucson

Jan 30th, 2005 03:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Never really figured it out except probably the reverb tank. The tech sort of "banged" it out and I think that was it. Everything was tightened before and yet it still made the sound until the reverb tank was addressed. Sounds so good now.

skew
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Jan 30th, 2005 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I dont suppose you guys would let me join I have a Blues Jr with a JBLD130. Works great, no trem BUT!!! I don't need no stinkin attenuator !!!!

Just crank that little 15 watter till she screams MAMA!

Peppy

Tucson

Jan 30th, 2005 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nope, got to be the '64 Vibroverb Custom.

justonwo
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Jan 30th, 2005 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't need an attenuator either, skew. Just a stage with 50,000 people and ear plugs. :-)

t3xaco

San francisco ca

Jan 30th, 2005 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll put my hat in as a new member...I've owned my 64 vibroverb RI since late 1990. I just replaced all the tubes with old (but goooood) GE tubes and it was worth the extra money...I'm not sure what speakers they have in them and I'm looking to upgrade those too. Also I'm loooong over due to pull out the preamp and clean all the pots most are noise when I turn them...I'm guessing just some radio shack cleaner? any suggestions???




Peppy

Tucson

Jan 31st, 2005 03:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>I'll put my hat in as a new member...I've owned my 64 vibroverb RI since late 1990.<

Not the same amp. The ones we're discussing are recently made...specific models called the '64 Vibroverb Custom. These have the MOD switch for adding a bit more gain and a rectifier switching capability as the amp has both a solid-state rectifier and a tube rectifier. Also you say yours is a reissue? The only reissue Vibroverb I know of was the brown one from the early 90s and it wasn't specifically a "64" reissue. In fact the one we devoted this thread to isn't even a reissue with the MOD switch and the dual rectifier capability.

justonwo
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Feb 1st, 2005 12:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Having replaced all the preamp tubes, the buzz in my Vibroverb is now gone. All 5 12AX7s rattled like a broken light bulb when I removed them.

I'm sorta new to the whole art of tube swapping so I didn't really know what to expect. The Electro Harmonix tubes that I put in (to replace the stock Groove Tubes) certainly seem to sound a little shriller. Anyone have any tube combinations they're particularly fond of?

One other polling question, what type of music are you guys using your Vibroverbs for? Rock, blues, funk, etc? Anyone really driving them (with a pedal) to hard rock levels?

Peppy

Tucson

Feb 1st, 2005 01:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use my Sparkle Drive and it gets fairly fat. Not as nasty as say driving my AC30TBX but it can rock fairly hard.

Andrix

Denmark

Feb 2nd, 2005 01:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How many of you do actually crank the volume past 6?

I have tried one bad VV and one great. But even the great was waaay to loud to be cranked in clubs.

1200

Norway

Feb 2nd, 2005 04:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play my VV most of the time with volume between 6 and 7 but I've also played it at ten lots of times. It sounds glorious especially since I've replaced the original speaker (which is exellent) with a reconed JBL D 130 F from Weber.To get some extra oomph I use a Zoom Power Drive PD-01, the worlds best kept secret in overdrive pedals if you ask me. It can do everything the Klon Centaur can do (I know cause I used to have one) at a fraction of the price.

justonwo
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USA/Berkeley, CA

Feb 3rd, 2005 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can't really make it that far past 4.5 without really hurting my ears. Then again, I'm not gigging with this amp. Unfortunately, it's probably overpowered for my needs.

Peppy

Tucson

Feb 5th, 2005 03:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I cranked my reissue Super Reverb to 4 last night and no big deal. Put my Vibroverb Custom on 4 and took a step back. Like I say to everyone who is interested in them...and I'll say it again for the new eyes here....it's LOUD.

Peppy

Tucson

Apr 11th, 2005 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone else?

Tommy C
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USA, California

If it sounds and feels good, it is good
Apr 14th, 2005 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's almost as loud as my Twin...but 30 lbs. lighter.

(This message was last edited by Tommy C at 01:24 PM, Apr 14th, 2005)

Peppy

Tucson

Oct 4th, 2005 01:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bump.

Slidewinder
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Canada

it's a fender...eh
Oct 4th, 2005 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I found the sound to be much rounder after replacing the 12ax7's it came with for the GT12AX7-M's, and swapping out the 12AT for a Brimar I had.
The Brimar smoothed out the reverb, and made it less cavernous.
I put matched Svets in the power section and biased to about 34 ma.
I've come a cross a couple of JBL's, and while I thought they sound great in my friend's old twin, I like the sound of the eminence better in this amp.

Peppy

Tucson

Oct 5th, 2005 02:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree about the Eminence...I find it complements the amp nicely...not too bright.

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