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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Had an odd request re selling my DRRI

GarryB

Australia

Apr 26th, 2017 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi everyone, long time lurker, not posted anything in years, but I occassionaly have a look to see what interesting discussions are happening. There is always something!

I'm selling my DRRI. Love the amp but I never use it, it really isnt my sound, I much prefer my trusty orginal Blues Deluxe.

A buyer is interested but asked me to do this: "With nothing plugged in, can you wind all the volumes up full and tell me if there is any noise."

I tried this, of course there is fair bit of noise! What is he fishing for? Is it a valid test? Not sure if I have heard of doing this before.

The amp was bought new in 2011, never gigged, only been to two jams, and I have only ever used it at home a few times, and never for long periods.

Thanks for any comments.

Gary.

Mick Reid
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Apr 26th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Garry.
First off, I'll be of no help here but...
I can't think of any tube amp I've ever owned that would be stone dead silent doing that.

I suppose a trained ear may be able to identify different "types" of noise sources (capacitor, tube, transformer etc).
Even the individual supply of power could affect this. (your house v. his house)

I'd tell him to just come play it and he can decide. He sounds like a bit of a crack-pot to me though.

I'm sure someone with way more electronic experience than me will post soon.
Welcome back - sort of!



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Apr 26th, 2017 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, yes it would be dead silent with nothing plugged in...including the power cord...

(This message was last edited by swampyankee at 07:58 PM, Apr 26th, 2017)

JohnS

USA

Apr 26th, 2017 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try the test after at least 15 minutes of warm up time. Do not do it with the amp cold. If he did not ask for the tone controls to be full up turn the treble control down. The amp should be down to a very quiet hiss.

reverendrob
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our time in hell
Apr 27th, 2017 02:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That level of silliness before a purchase: there are other buyers.

Move along.

GarryB

Australia

Apr 27th, 2017 03:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey guys thanks for the responses. I thought it a silly request, but never hurts to check with wiser heads. He's coming over tonight with the dosh anyway. Seems keen.

GarryB

Australia

Apr 27th, 2017 03:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sold!. Just have to deal with sellers remorse - if it kicks in later :).


MLC

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Apr 27th, 2017 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So, apparently, the amp passed the "unplugged test." (:^D)

Did the buyer ever tell you what the point of that was?
I'm curious about what he thought that was going to tell him.



Mick Reid
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Apr 27th, 2017 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Did the buyer ever tell you what the point of that was?
I'm curious about what he thought that was going to tell him."

Me too.

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Apr 27th, 2017 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Me 3

Grey Goose
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Apr 28th, 2017 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad it sold (if that's what you wanted)

The quietest I've ever had a tube amp was a Pro Tube Twin Amp with a noise gate in the effects loop (absolutely dead quiet). Until the pain was brought on from playing a guitar through that 100watt beast.

GarryB

Australia

Apr 28th, 2017 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, he turned out to be a nice enough guy, if a vague "oddness" about him. He did his test in front of me. I had turned the tones down before he got there, so it was pretty quiet when he tried turning the volume flat strap, guitar unplugged. I didn't ask him what he thought the test proved and I decided I didn't want to get into the conversation.
Silly bugger didn't bring his guitar. He assumed I was a righty! Thats the problem with assumptions, they are often wrong haha. So I played for him on my lefty, he liked the amp and he payed up. I was happy, no sellers remorse. I'm really happy with my old blues deluxe.

Mick Reid
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Apr 28th, 2017 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...I decided I didn't want to get into the conversation."

I can appreciate that! Next thing you know you're wearing tinfoil hats!

"Silly bugger didn't bring his guitar."

That speaks volumes. (pun intended!)
Who does that???

Thanks for finishing the story.
So what gear are you going to buy with all that cash???

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 08:17 PM, Apr 28th, 2017)

MLC

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May 1st, 2017 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I didn't ask him what he thought the test proved and I decided I didn't want to get into the conversation."

Fair enough - no point in risking the sale.

Thanks for following up, Garry.

Pinetree
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May 1st, 2017 08:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Silly bugger didn't bring his guitar."




Priceless.



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