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kart24
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Oct 4th, 2017 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just acquired a '65 Pro Reverb. The number on the chassis is A 00739. Does this seem correct for a '65?

What speakers would be period correct for this amp? It has Altec Lansing 417B's in it right now with an ink stamp of AL 75 391842.


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Oct 4th, 2017 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, the chassis number is in the correct range for a 1965 model.

From the info I've seen, these would probably have been supplied with Jensen C12N or Oxford 12L6 speakers. There are no hard and fast rules but I've not heard of any being fitted with Altec Lansings.

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Oct 5th, 2017 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is a link to a nicely put together webpage on how to date a Fender amp. I like to use the ink stamp on the tube chart and the transformer codes. Ink stamps seem to be the most accurate as they were applied just before final assembly was completed.

Your Altec 417B was built the 42nd week of 1968 and is not original to the amp. JBL was the factory upgrade speaker brand mid 60s.

Date codes and more

kart24
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Oct 5th, 2017 10:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the info. I'll be replacing the Altec's with Jensen C12Ns shortly.

I can't hardly lift it with the Altec's.


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Oct 5th, 2017 10:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a '67 with EV SRO-12Ls in it. You needed a block and tackle to lift it. I gigged it in that configuration for over 20 years. Great amps!

kart24
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Oct 7th, 2017 10:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This '65 Pro Reverb with the Altecs weighs 80lbs. I scaled it today.


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