This is the 90th installment of the truth about vintage amps! John Smith serves us a chorizo lasagna dish; we hear the insane noises your tubes make by themselves; the answer to last week’s baffler and much more.
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Some of the topics discussed this week:
4:57 What’s in a blue molded cap?
6:17 Our Patreon page and a Patreon-only giveaway
8:14 The Ep. 89 Fender Chris Stapleton Amp Baffler answered
13:03 Burning Spear, Marysville postcards and electric trains
13:55 Beginner’s Corner: Basic maintenance on a Traynor YBA-1 and a 1968 Fender Deluxe Reverb; “Think About It” by Alex Shultz
18:27 A Peavey Classic 30 with hissing buzz
23:11 Why are vacuum tubes called valves? Eggs with smoked paprika
26:35 Grez guitars; a deluxe reverb from 1978 with mic channel 1
33:07 Rewind Transformers: Is it worth it?
37:33 Win a Fender Musicmaster Bass in Daphne Blue; a memorial to Little Charlie
39:47 A blackface Fender Vibrochamp with a bad hum; artificial center taps and various other mods; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five (YouTube link); Weller 8200 for ground connections?; Weller 550
48:42 The sound coming out of your tubes; Universal Audio OX; Steven Spielberg’s duel
54:05 Thank you AmpsAmps
55:13 Two Craigslist finds: How to cut the cord on a free Hammond M-111 and what to do with an empty 2000 Fender Twin Reverb case
1:00:51 Steel players and their quest for more headroom; overdriven steel artifacts; Tips and tricks for getting more headroom out of an amp
1:06:39 John Smith finds his fortune with tube amps at Benson Nathan Junior; Chorizo Lasagna (with El Pato); Watch John Smith on That Pedal Show (YouTube link)
1:10:50 Has Skip ever been shocked?, signal bleeds on a PA amp; Jeff Healey’s trumpet playing
1:14:51 Masco’s most desirable PA heads
1:20:56 Turn a Knight 93-360 into an octal Gibson GA-20 and what about the phono input?
1:25:25 Speaker efficiency and sensitivity
1:28:26 Why new crock pots suck
1:31:03 Changing the filter cap on classic Marshall circuits
1:37:26 Theoretical circuit splicing
1:40:26 How does Skip desolder a connection?
1:42:38 Making filmo sounds safe, Cheesy Hammy Eggy
1:46:52 More good goo: S&F Smothered Cajun Sauce (Link)
1:48:38 A 1966 Fender Bassman mic head; Can a fibreboard become conductive due to high humidity? Leave an amp on to dry
The Truth About Vintage Amps is hosted by amp tech Skip Simmons. Co-host and producer Jason Verlinde of Fretboard Journal.
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Above: Listener Geoffrey mics his marshaller’s tubes; below: the Cheesy Hammy Eggy by Joe Halliday (Hello Sailor Effects).