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DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 14th, 2016 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi all,

First of all, a little introduction...

I'm French, but I live in Mnpls since 9 years now.

I play since almost 30 years (had a few bands, some ok and some not), but have always been a "british amp" guy (Hiwatt and Vox, mostly), that is until I moved here ;-)

One of the reason is that the Vintage Fender market is not as great as here... most of the amps/axes are scarce and way too expensive !

Now, I have been dreaming of a Twin Reverb since a long time. I just love that huge amount of clean, sparkly sound and the lush reverb.
A couple of month ago, I finally scored a '74 SFTR in pretty good shape and for a fairly good price (under $600).
It had the (I guess) stock RCA tubes, an Ox"fart" and a Jensen Neo 12 speakers.

I had it checked and Blackfaced by my local amp guy (Jeffrey Falla, from Tonetron Amps... really nice guy !).
I didn't really care much for the Neo and Oxford speakers, so I swapped them for a pair of WGS ET65, they have nice and tight low ends, balanced mids and sparly high ends... my definition of what a nice BFTR speaker should be (and affordable !).

I just love it. This amp sings !

[edit: oops, looks like I don't know how to post pics on this forum... any help ?]


(This message was last edited by DamsMN at 05:54 PM, Jul 14th, 2016)

Stratopastor

Stockton-on-Tees

all your tone are belong to us
Jul 14th, 2016 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congratulatons!

You can't include photos in posts. Some guys add them to their FDP profile, others upload to Flickr or similar and then put the link in the post.

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American Patriot

I'm on guard these days.
Jul 14th, 2016 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome aboard and congrats on the Twin Reverb. I had a '77 TR and it served me well. WGS speakers are great.

keithb7

Canada, Kamloops

Vintage Amp Hoarder
Jul 14th, 2016 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome to the Twin Reverb amp club. I own a 1973 Twin, a 1963 Twin, and a 1959 Twin. All are great amps.
Here is how to post a pic. Post a link to where your pic us stored:

My Twin Amp Pic

DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 14th, 2016 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thank you guys ;-)

I've really fallen in love with that American sound...

So, pics or it didn't happen, right ?


My "blackfaced" 74' Twin

DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 14th, 2016 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And the guts, after the "blackfacing"...

J.Falla also did the modification from bulletin #9 concerning the ticking tremolo, it is now extremely quiet !

Twin's guts

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Jul 15th, 2016 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats on the Twin. Theses are fine amps. I have a '75 that has been blackfaced however I left the master volume intact. Mine is mounted on a head cabinet and I use a 2-12 open back cab with it. Speakers are vintage Gause 12s. I also use this head to sometimes power a Leslie 45 cabinet I have set up for guitar. Stevie Ray and Robin Trower at its best. Enjoy!

DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 15th, 2016 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks.

I am planning on a head + cab conversion, any recommendation for a builder ?

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Jul 15th, 2016 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is the gut shot from before you took it to the tech?

DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 16th, 2016 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

nope, after. Why ?

keithb7

Canada, Kamloops

Vintage Amp Hoarder
Jul 16th, 2016 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those white Mallory cathode and bias caps are certainly questionable. They are most very likely original. When I service a SF amp those are yanked out and replaced every time without a thought. Sprague Atom makes a 25uF/50V cathode cap which makes a great reliable upgrade over stock.

DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 16th, 2016 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You mean the 2 big guys by the transformer ? (on the right)

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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Jul 16th, 2016 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

DamsMN... you can try J D Newell..

He built me a custom head and cabinet for my 65 Bandmaster...

he does great work

reasonable prices... If I remember correctly both were around $500

BM head and cab

DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 16th, 2016 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks !

That is a nice looking (and I am pretty sure, nice sounding) BM !

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Jul 16th, 2016 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thanks...i got really excited the other day and cranked it up and blew a big hole in one of the 8's..

but I had a hellava time in the process...;-0

**..his web site is pretty weak though....he does a lot of custom stuff if you want to go that route.

(This message was last edited by Guitar Fool at 10:06 PM, Jul 16th, 2016)

theotherkind

Kentucky, USA

Jul 19th, 2016 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A Fender Twin is a superb amp! I had a '76 and I miss it. They're just in a class all their own! I have WGS speakers in my '71 Deluxe Reverb and '62 Bandmaster and I really love them.

(This message was last edited by theotherkind at 10:10 PM, Jul 19th, 2016)

DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 23rd, 2016 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For those who converted their Twin to an head+cab, any advice on the cab configuration ?
Open back or closed back ?

I have a pair of WGS ET65.

The only effects I use are a TS9 (w/ 808 mods) and a wah.

I play mostly blues, blues/rock and surf music.

(This message was last edited by DamsMN at 01:15 PM, Jul 23rd, 2016)

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Jul 23rd, 2016 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

after having both...i would go with an open back..

as far as speakers are concerned your probably gonna get too many opinions...;-0

DamsMN

USA

Born to be wiiiiiiiild !
Jul 23rd, 2016 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks.

Yeah, I think I prefer open back too.
About the speakers... I am not changing them, they are great ;-)

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Indy

The floor is getting farther away...
Aug 8th, 2016 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had my 2-10" Tremolux speaker cab built with an extra back piece so I have the option of open and closed back. Although, I never run it as closed ;)

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