It’s the 77th episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps podcast, in which amp tech Skip Simmons bakes pizza on English muffins, destroys the dreams of young blues lovers and answers your questions about tube amps.
This week’s episode is sponsored by Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts, and Grez Guitars.
Some of the topics discussed this week:
: 23 Skip has no power
3:52 Jason is shooting a video with David Grisman
4:17 AM The Vintage Guitar Show “Amigo SoCal” (August 28-29, 2021); a Massey amplifier with reverb and tremolo
6:06 am Alamo Paragon special
8:01 am Skips Tips: Vintage Guitar Show Wheeling & Dealing
10:23 Grez guitars
12:10 AM Amplified Parts, Pro Co guitar cables
12:57 Jupiter caps: bumblebees, red astrons, cosmos caps
20:45 The TAVA Patreon page
25:17 The TAVA Index on Tableau !, Goldentone Amp Book
28:51 Cleaning the encrusted corrosion of a Fender Silverface front panel
31:34 Create a lower performing Vox clone?
35:21 Grid bias vs. cathode bias on a preamplifier tube
38:50 Why does Skip have an oscilloscope and why isn’t he raising his prices?
41:14 Can you use a field coil speaker to drive speaker controlled reverb? Voice coils on a field coil loudspeaker
45:07 Will the bigger vintage Fender amps ever go up in value?
49:32 Locating noise / rumble caused by notes in an amplifier housing
52:55 A Lab Series L3 goes to a good home; Robert Moog; English muffin pizzas
55:12 What’s wrong with the Fender Tremolux Model 6G9 with EL84 power amp tubes? Aspen Pittman’s book “The Tube Amp” (Amazon link)
58:15 A Montgomery Ward amplifier from 1955 with a cable from the speaker frame to the chassis
1:01:14 A one-way speaker mismatch in semiconductor amplifiers?
1:02:54 Water kefir (recipe here)
1:04:30 Replacing the multi-cap can on a Fender Bassman 20
1:06:54 Using a pressure cooker for dried beans or potatoes
1:08:40 Pierce a hole instead of a solder wick
1:09:01 vintage pencil sharpener; Nelson riddle
1:11:32 Any graduate of the Red Wing Electronic Music Technology course?
1:12:32 The magic behind an Ampeg M-15 from the early 1960s, vintage Jensen P15N speakers
1:15:30 What to do with a cheap Aerco PA amplifier from Atomite Electronic & Radio Corp?
1:21:35 Midwesterners: Skip is looking for Heileman’s Special Export, Augsburger or Little Kings beer
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Photo above: The Aero-PA from Hörer Bill.