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Guitar Fool
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Jan 15th, 2016 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

being shipped as I type....It belongs to a buddy of mine in Va....got it for 400 bucks minus tubes.....

I had a 66 a few years back and sold it....and have regretted it ever since...

they are a fantastic bang for the buck... you don't see alot about them... here especially..

I'm gonna try to pair it with a 2x10 cab for starters (Weber and Eminence)..... it may or may not make me feel warm and fuzzy.... but if thats the case, I'll find me a 2x12 cab and load it up...

any speaker suggestions out there?..

I'm thinking about 2 Scumbacks.....I have one in my 64 Deluxe and really dig the sound



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Jan 15th, 2016 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats! I have one, and built a Fender replica 1X15 speaker cab for it with an Eminence Legend spkr. Really sounds great!

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Jan 15th, 2016 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great amp. I've had several. Nothing newer than a '68 black line so they have all been AB763 circuit. The last one was a '65 that I put in a 2-10 combo cabinet built by JD Newell in blonde with oxblood grill. Speakers were JBL E110-8. Loud clean but lacked a bit of punch being a 2-10. I should have used a Fender Concert layout with 4-10s.

We I sold it in 2010 I got $800 with a pair of C10Q Jensens in it. That included the original head cab.

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Jan 15th, 2016 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ya know.. I've always had a hankering for a 15"...
but never been able to make it happen

Hammond... the last Bandmaster I had.. was a JD Newell 2x12 cab with Celestion' 30 anniversary speakers...

it was glorious...but like a dumbass I thought that it was too much for my needs....and got rid of it....

that might be eventually how I'll go... I'm not real confident that the 2x10 is gonna sound right with a BM but who knows....;-0

hard to go wrong with 40 watts thru a 2 x12 cab....

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Jan 16th, 2016 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not long ago these amps could be had for around $500 on a regular bases with a fresh service job and loaded with tubes. Lately these amps are now averaging in the $800.- $900. range. People are finally catching on to these amps. Last year I picked up a mint all original tubed 68 Bandmaster Reverb head, did a cap job and it sounds fantastic. I'm going to change it over to Blackface specs one of these days which is an easy job. Believe me I've heard the different between the SF circuit and the BF and there is a difference. I went this route because I love spring reverb and the looks of a Drip edge SF and value for the buck. I wouldn't hesitate grabbing a Blackface if the price was like it use to be.

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Jan 16th, 2016 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The first tube amp, well guitar amp for that matter, I bought was a '65 Bandmaster. (I've had several) I bought it used from a local music store for $200. This was '76-'77. I played acoustic guitar through it in a country band then later used it in a classic rock outfit until a Pro Reverb came along.

It was mint with the matching 2-12 tilt back cab.

I found a very nice non-master volume Bandmaster Reverb in the early 2000s. It was $325 at the time. I converted it into a BF Super Reverb and gave it to my former step daughter. I hear on the BF sound difference.

BF conversions on certain amps can be amazing. I have a '75 Twin Reverb in a Dual Showman Reverb head cab. It has been blackfaced but I kept the master volume. Man does this thing have the nicest warm, clean loud tones. I had an open back 2-12 cab built for it in which I installed 2 Gause 12s. I think I will get it out and play it today! It's been at least a year!

My amp with a 15 today is a self built BF Vibroverb. It has a few tricks and tweeks but is basically a BF clone. Blonde with Oxblood. Yummy.

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Jan 16th, 2016 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 67 Bandmaster. Built in early February 67 so it is all BF in both circuit and appearance. A very fine amp and extremely useful in small noisy bars with 40 watts as a 212 cab.

slider313

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Jan 18th, 2016 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a '66. I had a 1x15 cab made for it, in white tolex, and bought a 100 watt Weber Blue Dog 15" @ 4 ohms for it. It sounded great. I sold it, and often wish I didn't.

(This message was last edited by slider313 at 08:09 AM, Jan 18th, 2016)

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Jan 18th, 2016 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It sounded great. I sold it, and often wish I didn't."

yeah its one of those pieces of equipment that I've sold and wished I didn't

this one has been tricked out a bit.... the tremolo circuit has been disabled and the speed control pot has been converted for a mid range circuit....

Never really cared for trem anyway... so this is pretty nifty...

I pity my neighbors once i get it setup and can play through it....;-0

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Jan 18th, 2016 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

a friend gave me a blackface head this past summer.
was in about a '4' condition so I took it all apart and cleaned it up, came out about a '7' in the end.

sold it on craigslist for $850 a week later, the guy took a 6 hour round trip cab ride to pick it up!

split the $ w/my friend that gave it to me.

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Jan 18th, 2016 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^...

yeah it looks like the price on them has gone up..
just curious...how come u didn't keep it?

anyway... Im stoked to get mine up and running...look out neighbors!

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Jan 18th, 2016 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As with any vintage tube amp. Make sure the filter and bias caps are up to speed and the amp has been serviced recently.

As for speakers for a 2-12 BM, I'd try the Cannabis Rex. I'm really liking the one I put in my sudo DR clone. Nice and warm Fender tones, sounds very much like a vintage EV-SRO or EVM and a greatly reduced cost.

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Jan 18th, 2016 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm pretty sure all that' been brought up to snuff, knowing the guy I'm getting it from...

the hunt for the perfect speakers will be fun....

I haven't had any projects for awhile so I'm looking forward to it...;-0

I guess I'll know more about it once it gets here...

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Jan 18th, 2016 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"just curious...how come u didn't keep it?"

I use a blackface Twin Reverb 95% of the time and blackface Vibrolux Reverb the other 5%.

I've got a ton of amps but those two cover the bases for me...


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Jan 19th, 2016 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ok... great point..

now I'm jealous!..;-0

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Jan 20th, 2016 06:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"hard to go wrong with 40 watts thru a 2x12 cab."

Whoo! The Bandmaster, in the sweet spot, is

L O U D

You have to get it past 6 or so before it really starts doing what it's designed to do.

One thing I've done is build a small 6" 50-watt speaker cabinet for my larger amps. The little speaker allows me to crank the large amps at home past 7 on the volume control. Because it doesn't pump a whole lot of air, the neighbors don't call the cops on me.

And little speakers record extremely well (they sound huge) when properly mic'd.

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Jan 20th, 2016 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yeah... honestly, I'll probably never really get to take advantage of it completely....

out of respect for my neighbors, I only crank it up when I can play during weekdays..

I had this same rig when I lived in Va...and down in my basement i could get away with it.

I swear, I can still remember how good it sounded...

it was truly glorious...

RDR

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Jan 20th, 2016 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Peegoo, that 6" cab sounds like fun. What speaker are you using?

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Jan 22nd, 2016 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

amp came today....crackling pots and it smells like cat pee..!!

but the mammy jammer sounds awesome through my 2x10 cab.

tomorrow I'll give it a good going over, spray the pots and work the goop out of them..

then set the cabinet outside and clean it with some spray 9, or similar..moejo or not....

I hope my buddy Chuck is beating his cats!!!...;-0

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Jan 22nd, 2016 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use some stuff called Urine X which works really well for cat pee... But way to go on getting a Bandmaster. I still have my '67 with the original cab loaded with 12" Jensen's and although I use my small combo's 95 percent of the time there's a reason I've never been tempted to trade or sell it, it's the best sounding amp I own.



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