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Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

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Jan 22nd, 2016 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thanks.....I think if it sits outside for a few hours it will be nice and minty fresh smelling!

and vintage Jensen's would be sweet....they show up now and then on ebay and reverb....I'll have to keep my eye out...

I'm finding myself getting away from amps that give up the goods early and transgressed into more clean amps and the BM fits right into it...


this one has also been converted from a SS rectifier to a Weber copper cap... kinda nifty I guess..

I cleaned up the pots real good and am going to try a couple of AY7's in the preamp

I really like the sound through 2x10's even though I'd be happy with 2x12's just as well.

with the prices of boutique amps and some of the other vintage Fenders' these are a great bargain..

strat2go

Canada

Feb 1st, 2016 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Prices have jumped pretty fast here too. I just got a 65 Bandmaster Head and cab. It's been serviced and runs quiet. Sounds pretty nice. Not loud in the Vibrato channel, but jumpered with a Holygrail in the jump. Very nice. This amp moves to the front and something else has to step to the rear.. Decisions decisions... That darn GAS bit me again...

avspecialist

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Bobby Roadrunner
Feb 11th, 2016 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I highly recommend 1 Weber 10a125 alnico and 1 Weber 10F150 ceramic. 30 watts each. Also the weber blue pup and silver 10 ceramics are very impressive also.

amp mad scientist

USA

Feb 12th, 2016 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bandmaster: generally weak, and way too clean.
But it's a good platform for modifying.

RDR

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but nothing happened!
Feb 12th, 2016 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Weak? Don't know whose you've been playing. My '66 is punchy and loud as hell.
Clean it is, which is fine with me.

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Feb 12th, 2016 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I highly recommend 1 Weber 10a125 alnico and 1 Weber 10F150 ceramic. 30 watts each."

you sir must be a mind reader...thats exactly whats in it!...

i started off with a 10" Eminence and the Weber Alnico, but I switched out the Eminence for a 10" Weber I also had about 3 days ago...both are 30 watts..

loud, punchy,,,and very dynamic...

when I can get a few more bucks together I'm going to have someone like JD Newel build me a 2x10 combo cab for it...the cabinet I have is ok, but I think the 40 watt 2x10 scenario would sound best in a combo...

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Feb 12th, 2016 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had the 2-10 set in my Bandmaster combo. It worked best on an amp stand. On the floor it was actually a bit hard to hear on stage. It killed out front however.

And that normal channel, yes! It just kills compared to the Trem channel with the built in tone/gain suck. This my be where some think the amp is weak. No not at all.

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Sunshine State

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Feb 12th, 2016 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

interesting that you say that...cause the trem channel on mine has more oomph too it... could be due to the mid range mod...hard to say..

but my Blackface Deluxe is as you say... the normal channel having more guts...

another nice thing about the BM, is that you can bridge the inputs with a patch cord...

saaaaawweeeeett!

avspecialist

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Bobby Roadrunner
Feb 28th, 2016 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guitar Fool Thanks for the compliment. If you are a little bit handy, you should experiment and build your own cabinet. An easy way is to go to Lowes or Home Depot and select some 3/4 inch by 11 1/2 inch pine boards. cut to size. I have a killer 2 X 10 that is 291/4 wide and 20 1/2 high and a 5 inch open slot in the middle. the baffle is 1/2 MDF and so are are the 2 back panels. I bought a couple of right angle corner brackets to hold the boards at 90 degrees. All you have to do is put some wood glue on the adjoining edges, clamp into place. Then I use 2 1/2 inch trim screws about 2 inches apart to hold the box together. it's very strong. the materials should cost you about $25 or $ 30 dollars. A net trick is to install the baffel board at 11 degrees to simulate the speaker tilted back. If you get the hang of it, you can experiment and get what you want for little money. When you have the rough cabinet made to your liking, then get the tolex, handle and feet to make it match. You can buy a Fender Tail Logo for $ 15.00 now

(This message was last edited by avspecialist at 08:13 PM, Feb 28th, 2016)

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Feb 28th, 2016 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ive thought many times about building my own cabinet... I feel confident in my skills...but I don't have the tools..

and for the cost to have someone else put it all together to me is a no brainer..

with my work load these days, another factor is having the time...

but one of these days....

roycedot

US

Aug 8th, 2016 08:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had my '66 Bandmaster + TALL 2x12 since '06. I replaced the odd pair of aftermarket speakers with 60's Jensen P12Ns.

I wasn't that big a fan of the amp compared to reverb models. I was selling it around '08 and a guy came by and cranked it and it sounded amazing. That small OT must saturate and compress quite musically.

I don't know if I've seen the head + TALL cab set for sale since I've bought mine. I've seen the horizontal cab for sale separately relatively often.

I think I paid $700 shipped for my set. But, the head had a replaced OT (Heyboer), replaced PT (correct Schumacher part, from '67), and missing back panel. I found the correct '66 Schumacher OT a few months later. It sounds identical to the Heyboer.

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Aug 12th, 2016 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had one of those tall cabinets a few years back that was loaded with Celestion 30 watt speakers...
then I had a 66 BM head with it and it sounded crazy good when cranked..loved pedals but damn it was loud!...
too loud for me at that time so I sold it....

and because I missed out nice it sounded, I bought another one and had the custom cab built....
BM are very nice and very under rated. And still can be had a a great price....

carsten

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Aug 12th, 2016 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi!

Yes, very nice, very underrated amps - but perhaps we should keep this to ourselves ;-)

I used to wonder why they would put 2 12" speakers in such a HUGE cabinet, but I learned this after I got to play through one of these (´73 BM Reverb + the HUGE cabinet) - it just sounded HUGE!

The cab is big, but it´s not as heavy as your "standard" 4x12"-cab, and if you´re after a really nice and BIG sounding rig - this might be your ticket!

I got the whole set-up for a mere $600 (original Utahs and all)!
Keep looking ;-)

cheers - C.

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Aug 12th, 2016 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yeah the big cabinet was a nifty idea by Fender but for some reason it didn't pan out like they hoped...

that's why you can still get a BM head and 2x12 cabinet for a decent price.

still one of the best deals for vintage gear out there.

of course lugging it around is a mondo hassle...;-0

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