Welcome to episode 73 of the Truth About Vintage Amps podcast, the bi-weekly show where amp technician Skip Simmons answers all of your urgent questions about guitar amps. No topic is too simple … or apparently too complex!
(Banter haters? The actual amp talk starts at 5:00 p.m. this time.)
This week’s episode is sponsored by Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars.
Some of the topics discussed this week:
1:01 UFOs and Art Bell
8:01 AM Our Patreon Page: Now with new updates and articles from Acmeverb.com!
12:05 PM Jason gets a haircut and learns how to use epazote in beans
16:59 B +, revised: B stands for battery
18:02 Medical tubes: Still in production!
8:46 PM Princeton Tone Stack and the TAVA Community, Variac Hunting Tips, Mount Olive Pickle Salsa
26:32 Skip’s film selection: Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri, Nomad land
29:49 A success story of the Princeton clone Tweed; Vintage Jensen P-15R Speakers; Selling NOS tubes from Amplified Parts
37:38 WD-40, again
41:00 Skips Chile Colorado
42:03 Field coil loudspeaker for a Gibson EH-150/185-style amplifier (and what about the Echo loudspeaker expansion housing?)
48:18 The Vox book is getting a new home; acidfuzz.com (for Vox guitar onboard fuzz schemes)
50:06 The TAVA Facebook group (Facebook link)
51:25 Another film tip: The straight story
51:50: Twin-Mod revisited: Two 6V6s switch to rectifiers; a TAVA meeting ?; Music by Joe Policastro Trio, Colin Stetson
58:25 Single-ended amplifier with 6V6 tube with and without cathode bypass capacitor, Skips toothbrush hack
1:04:46 Testing a case design with a crappy amplifier
1:07:27 Bruce MacMillan’s Princeton Reverb; Joe Craven & The Sometimers’ Garcia songbook
1:12:05 “It’s getting boring …”
1:15:14 Primus’ “Over the Electric Grapevine” (Spotify link); RIP Blackalicious’ gift from Gab
1:16:48 Which power amp tube blown the fuse on my Mesa Boogie Mark I?
1:22:26 Skips TAVA 60-Second Challenge: How does Bitcoin mining actually work?
1:27:08 Who wanted the Epiphone Pathfinder?
1:30:58 Production of the amplifier in a 1960 Mechanix Illustrated How it goes Encyclopedia (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want the scan); Benefits of a Two Chassis Layout; octal tubes; Silvertone / Sears’ 40XL amplifiers and more
Co-hosted by Jason Verlinde of the Fretboard Journal.
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