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theotherkind



Kentucky, USA

Jun 14th, 2016 11:42 AM        

There's a show on cable called "Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar." Recently they went to a musical instrument museum in Phoenix. Sammy got all excited when he saw a '59 Bassman on display and started talking about how Ronnie Montrose and a lot of other guys in the late 60s and 70s secretly used a tweed Bassman in the studio and only used Marshalls on the road, not only because there were no good overdrive pedals but because they sounded so great. <br /> So that's where all those Bassman amps went, and why they're so highly coveted! I bet many if not most of those great classic rock tones are actually a cranked Bassman!<br /> The 5F6-A is my overall favorite amp. I wouldn't sell my '59 for any amount of money (unless it was enough to buy several more).



Hammond101

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So. Cal. USA

Jun 14th, 2016 01:25 PM        

Great amp with a great history of players.<br /> <br /> I'm partial to the 5E8-A low power tweed Twin myself. Not quite as loud but with 2-12s it's a bit smoother than a Bassman. I could not afford to buy an original in decent condition so I built a clone. My #1 for electric gigs.<br /> <br /> BTW, I've been to Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. It's a great place with everything imaginable in it. It's an all day event for a musician.



theotherkind



Kentucky, USA

Jun 20th, 2016 01:05 PM        

I've not yet had the chance to play through a Tweed Twin. I'm afraid of what would happen if I did ($$$)!



Hammond101

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Jun 20th, 2016 05:30 PM        

I got a real deal on a vintage cab on CL. That is what started the Twin build. The '58 Jenson P12R speakers (badged as Motorola) really help it along as well.



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Jun 20th, 2016 06:22 PM        

I'm going to be working on an old Bassman cabinet that was in a fire. Surprisingly, the actual cabinet came out of the fire in pretty good shape. The original tweed was under the cream tolex. I carefully removed the covering but the tweed is ruined. Hopefully, I can salvage the cabinet. Another guy got to it before my friend and I saw it and he took his foot and kicked the 4 old speakers out and off of the baffle board and yanked the chassis out of the cabinet and damaged the cabinet some. I will have to build a new baffle but I can do that easily.



BbendFender

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American Patriot

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Jun 20th, 2016 06:22 PM        

double post.



MLC

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Jun 21st, 2016 05:58 AM        

I had a really nice Bassman RI a few years back. This was before I started gigging again and I ended up selling it because it was just way more amp than I needed at the time.<br /> Now that I'm back to doing regular gigs, I really miss that amp.<br /> <br /> Of course, every time I read about Hammond101's Tweed Twin, I feel the tweed GAS building. (;^D)<br /> If I ever do a another amp build, that's the one I'm going after.



theotherkind



Kentucky, USA

Jun 22nd, 2016 07:58 PM        

For years I thought the ultimate Les Paul/Marshall tone was Mick Taylor on "Hartley Quits," a song from John Mayall's Bare Wires album. I've just read an old interview with Mick where he says he was playing through a Bassman! <br /> Well there goes another one....



SoK66

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Jun 28th, 2016 07:38 AM        

Seems the 5F6-A Bassman the bedrock for many great amp designs. We stumbled upon a few of them back in the mid-60s and snapped them up for studio amps. I found a pristine, non working 5E6 and stashed it away. Needed a filter cap and it was good to go. Another one I shoulda kep. <br /> <br /> I'm with Hammond, couldn't swing an original and didn't want to lose a bundle on a new tweed Twin reissue, so I built a 5E8-A clone using a blend of Mojo & Weber bits, plus components on hand. About an hour of fiddling with it and I fell in love. Caused a sell-off of quite a few amps. Still need to find some Weber alnicos for it, but the current Weber ceramics that I had on the shelf seem to be rather sweet as is.



Hammond101

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So. Cal. USA

Jun 28th, 2016 11:34 AM        

"Caused a sell-off of quite a few amps."<br /> <br /> '67 Pro Reverb, '67 Super Reverb, '70 Twin Reverb.<br /> All gone now. There may have been others, I just don't remember. A Bandmaster or two I guess. It's a great amp plus I get much more satisfaction playing something a built with my own two hands.<br /> <br /> I enjoy seeing SoK66's Twin, Very tidy work!



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Jun 28th, 2016 05:14 PM        

yes...very nice n tidy.....<br /> <br /> I'm an alnico fan...good luck with your search...



Charlie Macon

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Yeeeehaaaa!
Jun 29th, 2016 02:32 PM        

"For years I thought the ultimate Les Paul/Marshall tone was Mick Taylor on "Hartley Quits," a song from John Mayall's Bare Wires album"<br /> <br /> I love Mick Taylor's playing, so I just HAD to hear this.....Hoooweee!



Steve Dallman

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Jul 2nd, 2016 08:17 AM        

FWIW, When Ronnie Montrose gigged with the Edgar Winter Group, he used an Ampeg SVT into a 4X12 with Electro Voice EV SRO speakers (with the "coffee can" magnets). He ran the SVT volume at 1 o'clock and the first several rows in the audience were blasted. <br /> <br /> I used an SVT head into 15" EV SRO's for bass in the 70's and never had the volume over 9 o'clock.



theotherkind



Kentucky, USA

Jul 7th, 2016 02:45 PM        

Good stuff, eh Charlie? And from a teenager! Steve, I bet that Ampeg did hurt the audience, unless they were too stoned to be bothered by the volume!



SoK66

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Jul 14th, 2016 08:37 AM        

" I enjoy seeing SoK66's Twin, Very tidy work!"<br /> <br /> Thanks Hammond!



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