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ninworks
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Oct 4th, 2014 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It sounds SOOOOO good. :-)
It's just stupid-loud but, that's why there's volume knobs on it.

It's not very often that I get to play through the Twin at a volume that is plenty loud enough to drown out the TV in the next room but, Mrs. Nin has been gone all week and I have been having SUCH a good time with this amp. I had, kind of, forgotten just how big this thing sounds. I even plugged it into my Celestion loaded 4 - 12's cabinet. That sound, right there, is HUGE! Insert distortion pedal and it has enough punch to kick you in the gut, hard, with a big-muted CHUNK CHUNK.

I would like to have a smaller amp for the occasional gig but man-oh-man, if it wasn't so heavy I'd never use anything else. After years of hauling a full or half-stack around it used to seem small but, after 20 or so more birthdays, it's a beast to transport.

I play in a band occasionally that has a keyboard player who likes to play loud. It's nice to have the extra horsepower under the hood when he gets carried away with his Hammond and 300 watt supercharged Leslie. I don't really like to play that loud but when I can't hear myself one little knob fixes the problem. I always wear ear plugs anyway.



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Oct 6th, 2014 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have my Twin split into a head cab (Dual Showman Reverb) and a 2-12 open back speaker cab (custom by Rick Johnson) it makes the amp much easier to haul around and gig with although it rarely leaves the house.

Steve Dallman
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Age is just a number...mine is big
Oct 6th, 2014 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My stepson plays jazz guitar in the Marine Corps. He rescued a Mesa Mark IIIC from the trash that they threw away due to a bad fuse holder ($3 part...but it is the military.)

He disliked the weight of the amp. For his birthday, I bought him a Jensen neo speaker to replace the very heavy EV speaker in the amp.

Now he has an amp he has no trouble schlepping.

A couple neo 12's would lighten that TR up a lot. The power transformer could also be replaced with a toroid to remove even more weight.

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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Jan 22nd, 2015 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I was a kid I had a Twin stacked the cabinet from my old Bandmaster. I called it my Fender Stack. Impressive at HS dances. I'd sit in front of the thing and practice in my bedroom. Which is probably why I have tinnitus in my old age. :)


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Jan 22nd, 2015 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Which is probably why I have tinnitus in my old age. :)"

For me it was a Quad Reverb I'd sit in front of, cranked? Oh yeah! I'd get the low E string going on its own with feedback sustain then play a bunch of harmonics on top of it. That required some serious volume and proximity to the speakers.

What did you say? Excuse me? Huh?


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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Mar 16th, 2015 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played my Strat through a beat up '90's era (gain control) Twin at a jam last night. The slide player kept turning his amp up so I had to increase to keep up. The louder the Twin got, the meatier it sounded. Mega-loud but oooh, what tone. Just as I remembered it, plus some! Makes me want to get another Twin, but my CVR will just have to suffice. Besides, just moving it around the jam space was workout enough.

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Mar 16th, 2015 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The music store rents gear to out of town bands doing shows here, and they have a mint Black Face Twin probably an 80 watter that is one great sounding amp! I'd love to own it, but I remember a guy I was in a band with once that had a Twin with JBL's,...Hernia waiting to happen !

reverendrob
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Mar 16th, 2015 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No real substitute for big speakers and lots of headroom IMO.

If I'm bothering with tube, it's 6L6 Fender-type or bust, with the cleanest hi-fi type tubes I can scrounge!

MLC
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Mar 17th, 2015 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, big and heavy as they are, I'd love to have a Twin.

NOTHING fills a room quite like a Fender Twin.

5Strats
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Mar 17th, 2015 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My combo amp weight limit these days is 50 lbs. Thus I have a Cavin Belair (50 watts, 2x12) intead of a Fender Twin.

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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Mar 17th, 2015 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

..and to think I used to use a Twin on top of a Bandmaster cabinet. Ahhh, youth!

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larryguitar
Mar 25th, 2015 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can't call yourself a real guitar player without having owned a Twin at some point in your life.

Peegoo
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Mar 25th, 2015 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I saw Nugent play in the 70s and he had 12 TRs in his back line. And they were ALL on and pushing the air.

It was like being run over by a truck for three hours.

GLORIOUS.

Deacon Blues

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Mar 26th, 2015 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I remember that backline. Those were Super Twins...weren't they?

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Mar 11th, 2016 08:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a bunch of amps. But because I'm in limited space in a condo I tend to keep all of them in a closet in a second room and then rotate them out of the closet and into the living room one at a time every couple months.

So I gotta say it..because it's true. Of all the amps in my collection the TRRI is superior to every other amp and produces a heavenly tone unlike any other amp.

Its big and it's heavy. The opening poster is correct.

But I think that even at low volume around 1.5 the sound beats any other amp. I'm coming around to the idea that if I have to thin the herd for whatever reason down to 2 it would be the Twin Reverb and probably the Deluxe Reverb.

And while I'm at it I think I would limit the pedals to a tuner, Fulltone Mofset and Carbon Copy Delay.

That and a Tele and I don't know what else a guy needs.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 10:59 PM, Mar 11th, 2016)

JimmySee
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Back in the old

neighborhood.
Mar 12th, 2016 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I remember Ted with five Twins sitting on top of speaker cabinets,.

JimmySee
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Back in the old

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Mar 12th, 2016 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I remember Ted with five Twins sitting on top of speaker cabinets,.

littleuch
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Mar 12th, 2016 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I gigged for many years with a Twin loaded with 2 EV SROs and an Altair power attentuator. Of course it weighed more than I did and fit perfectly in the trunk of my 77 Monte Carlo.

macatt

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macatt
Mar 19th, 2016 02:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So did I and it looked like this:

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Jun 6th, 2016 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The GN Fender Twin is 13 pounds lighter die to the pine wood and different speakers if you want less weight

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