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Lago

"Kilroy was here! "
Oct 25th, 2009 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just bought a new one last week. IT KILLS!!!!

But there are a couple of things it needs:

1) A hardwired power cord. The current detachable cord means another step to get setup. Also, you can't fit the cover over the amp without unplugging the power cord.

2) Should come from factory with 14" tilt back legs standard.


Truly an exceptional amp!

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Strat 48

US/Central Ga

Nov 9th, 2009 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had one for 10 months and I am extremely satisfied with mine. I have a Vibrolux Reverb and I think the PRRI outshines what many consider to be one of the best Fender ever made. As far as 15 watts goes, for playing at home it is no problem to get great tone at bedroom levels. If mine were lost or stolen, I would replace it even at the $1K price.

whall

Merry-Land

Unemployed Web Marketing Guy
Mar 18th, 2010 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently received one of these fine amps and have been very impressed by it.

After a week with it, here's the 'Bad':

1. The dreaded cab rattle. At the volumes and settings I typically use, it isn't much of an issue, but I do need to brace it up as other FDPers have done to get rid of all the rattles from the top of the baffle and possibly the back panels as well.

2. For louder volume cleans, this amp isn't the one for you unless you can always mic it and tilt the cab to your ears.

Here's the "Good':

1. Great size, weight and wattage. This is a perfect grab and go amp for jams, rehearsals and low volume gigs. Throw in an E609 mic and you can play many situations.

2. Full sounding. Others may disagree, but I find the sound to be a lower volume version of a Twin. Warm, full and with lots of classic Fender tone. I had a stock Blues Junior for a while, and this amp is a very different sounding and feeling amp despite similar specs.

I think this is the best amp I have ever had. But I have limited experience with vintage or boutique amps.

(This message was last edited by whall at 08:00 AM, Mar 18th, 2010)

StratQuebec
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Canada

Patient people get what they want.
Jun 24th, 2010 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

DRRI, PRRI and now SS 22, man I have to say I'm lost this morning!

Hey if a PRRI has a breakup like in that YT video (see link) I'm out on that one!


But, tell me that this gentleman got a lemmon please...

(This message was last edited by StratQuebec at 12:52 PM, Jun 24th, 2010)

Big Joe

USA

Jun 25th, 2010 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

First, if you want to maintain the Fender blackface tone, the RC is the wrong speaker for the PRRI. I tried it and while it is loud it is sterile sounding. I feel the Jensen C10R is the perfectly matched speaker for this amp to achieve the Fender blackface tone. However, I did invest $50 and upgraded the output transformer to a T020 which tightened up the bottom, eliminated the flub. It's also cheaper than buying a new speaker. I also through in a set of JJ6V6 power tubes which I use in all of my amps, giving me a fuller warmer tone. If you want increased clean headroom, replace the 12AX7 V1 pre amp tube with a 12AY7. This give you increased volume before break up. That's what I did and love it. No other changes required for this amp, my Les Paul as well as my Tele and Strat sound great through this thing.

StratQuebec
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Canada

Patient people get what they want.
Jun 25th, 2010 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Big Joe.

So you're telling me that this guy did not got a lemon or a deffective amp.

Stock, this is really how a PRRI breaks up?

Dadical
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Jun 25th, 2010 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The PRRI does break up early if you blast it with hot pickups as in that video. Rolling back the guitar volume or playing with single coil pickups delivers a beautiful clean tone at lower volumes before the breakup begins.

IMO the RC speaker is the worst possible choice for the PRRI unless you are intentionally seeking a ratty sound. I put the Heyboer TO20 OT in mine to eliminate the flubbiness of the stock OT. It is a dramatic improvement, not something you have to really listen for. The improvement is immediately obvious.

Many people switch speakers in PRRI and DRRI amps to eliminate the bottom flubby sound that is not really caused by the speaker. It's the circuit. By the time you put in a hard enough speaker to overcome it the tone is compromised IMO. Stick with the stock Jensen in the PRRI and put in the TO20.

StratQuebec
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Canada

Patient people get what they want.
Jun 26th, 2010 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for your inputs Dadical

Ya I know the Princton break-ups early and that's what I'm searching for but not a new one if they all are farty as the one the guy got in the video.

So, a new PRRI is not on my wish list. A used one with an upgraded OT as the TO20 would be a better choice it seems.

I would like to hear the difference though. Do you have some clips I can listen to?

StratQuebec
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Canada

Patient people get what they want.
Oct 30th, 2010 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still loving my PRRI.

Here's my last recoding with that sweet thing!

I called it:

Peace Of Mind

rfrakes331K
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USA

RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Oct 15th, 2011 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still kick my self for not buying a Prince Reverb in 70 insteadof the plain prince I did buy. I have a 65 BF plain prince, still no verb. I did put together a 3 knob reverb from a pile of parts and a PCB I bought on ebay. Doesn't sound the same tho.

carsten

on the rhine

Feb 26th, 2012 03:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi stratquebec!

that´s beautiful - thank you very much!


best - C.

StratQuebec

Canada

Patient people get what they want.
Feb 26th, 2012 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks carsten ! Playing a PRRI is always a great experience !

carsten

on the rhine

Feb 27th, 2012 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi stratquebec!

yes, i´m sure it is!

i don´t own a reissue, but i´m sure i enjoy my ´79 pr just as much!

you can hear a short clip with it at the link below if you like!


cheers - C.

79 pr-clip

(This message was last edited by carsten at 02:49 PM, Feb 27th, 2012)

StratQuebec

Canada

Patient people get what they want.
Feb 27th, 2012 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ya carsten, your tele just shines through your '79 !

Great mood in your clip !

Take good care !

carsten

on the rhine

Feb 29th, 2012 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi stratquebec!

thanks for listening - and your kind words!

cheers - C.

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Merry-Land

Another Mamby-Pamby Land Jackwagon
Apr 16th, 2012 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just read my post from two years ago when I first got my PRRI. It is still my #1 amp and sounds great stock. I haven't even changed the tubes in mine and it gets played at least every saturday night and Sunday morning for our church gig.

I set mine with the Bass on 10 and volume between 3-4 which seem to be the sweet spot for it to actually start to sound like a good tube amp.

MarcoB

USA

May 5th, 2012 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just picked up one of these and I was searching the net for opinions when I stumbled onto the clips of this amp provided by StratQuebec and carsten.

I have tears in my eyes! Such beautiful sounds!




(This message was last edited by MarcoB at 07:40 AM, May 5th, 2012)

carsten

on the rhine

Jul 28th, 2012 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Marco!

Wow, I should check in here more often ;-)

But seriously - thank you very much!
Very happy that you liked my clip!

cheers - C.

StratQuebec

Canada

It's time to get it!
Aug 18th, 2012 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MarcoB, you're a Gentleman!

As Carsten and you l love my PRRI. It's still stock. I lastly got a 62 AVRI strat and it makes this amp to shine even more.

The PRRI has a sweet and natural smooth tube compression to die for! And the tremolo is very organic.

Enjoy your Princeton my friend!




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