This is the 91st installment of the truth about vintage amps! We talk the big tube shortage of 2022, blue mold caps, boutique amps, parenting tips, kale chips and more.
This week’s episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use discount code FRET10 to save 10% on your Izotope purchase.
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Some of the topics discussed this week:
1:48 OW Appleton and the APP Guitar (Link)
7:09 Should we be freaking out about the vacuum tube shortage in 2022? Western Electric is getting into guitar tubes (survey link)
19:50 An Australian PA amp with EF86; When did solid state rectification begin?; For the duration of its natural life, by Marcus Clarke; congee
26:22 Got Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce (Link)
26:46 Blue molded caps in a Tweed Deluxe clone
31:00 Change in dropout resistances in a Silverface Champ where B+ is super high
34:27 Extending leads from pots and a jack so you can put an amplifier in an old radio case
37:18 The remote controls on old bow PA heads
45:39 Pedal Steel amp, Redux; Fender Tweed Pro; Beer bread
48:59 A pause for others who know what they are doing: Earl Yarrow, Terry Dobbs, Jeff Bakos; salute to the USPS
53:44 Working with a transformer that does not have a filament center cap; RIP El Charritos
58:32 Structure of a 5F2A vs. an AA764
1:03:16 Thanks to Kevin in Ohio; the TAVA Patreon page (link)
1:03:57 Why are boutique amps so expensive, revised; point-to-point wiring versus turret board; CW Stonekings Gon’Boogaloo
1:12:16 Baked Kale Chips; Irish Colcannon; skillet brussels sprouts; Carrots in Garlic Oil
1:17:30 What about the 1955 Les Paul Jr. amp? Make room for filter caps
1:20:17 Taming a Fender champion; more parenting tips; Song Exploder (link to “Closing Time” episode)
1:30:46 More book recommendations? Geoff Farina of Karate
1:39:57 Skips Music Master Bass…sold; K+M chocolate (link)
1:42:25 What happens to your guitar signal when you split it with a Y-cable? voltage amplifier or cathode follower; Donny Hathaway (“Jealous Guy” on YouTube); 6CM6 tubes
1:47:19 What to do with a 1967 Kodak Pageant film projector? Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery’s “Dynamic Duo”, The Meters; Trustee from the tool room; Fluke TL71 Premium Test Lead Set; Tomato sauce by Marcella Hazan, “the tweed champion of pasta sauce” (recipe link)
1:57:57 Skip has a McIntosh MR71 tube tuner for sale; independent radio; the Heptones “I’ve Been Trying” (YouTube link)
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: 5E3 from Listener Justice with vintage blue molded caps.