This is the 93rd installment of the truth about vintage amps! Strain relief, unruly champs (and Randalls!), blanched kale with sunflower seeds, 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:
:50 Amplified Parts now carries PSVANE tubes; tube brands
6:51 Nate’s maple syrup
7:50 Garrett Hongo’s “The Perfect Sound” (Amazon link)
10:19 A Silverface Champ, Little Charlie’s Spanish rice, Trustee from the Tool Room, the novels by Charles Portis, the Kalamazoo KEA’s unique push-pull circuit
17:06 Getting the two channels of a reissue Fender Vibroverb in phase; Learning to solder as a blind person (Link: https://lighthouse-sf.org/tag/soldering/)
24:56 Installing a select few vintage parts into a new Princeton 5F2A clone
31:35 tractor tire-as-loudspeaker cabinet experiment by @nocoastsaint (Instagram link)
32:52 The Fretboard Journal, TAVA, Doug Sewall’s amp (Wampus Cat), removing intermittent hissing by moving an amp, cheap surge protectors, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder’s “Get On Board”
43:01 A 1965 Fender Vibro Champ with squeaky vibrato, Capacitor Wizards, bypass cap orientation
48:11 A new transformer for a Victor projector amp and matching speakers
50:25 Overheating of parts when soldering with heat sink?
53:38 The MTS modular tube preamp system
55:53 Strain Relief Bushing Tips, Pro’s Kit, Blanched Kale with Roasted Sunflower Seeds, madsenamps.com giveaway (coming soon)
1:01:51 A stiff 5E8A clone with two groundbreaking mods
1:06:13 A remastered tweed champ that stutters for 30 seconds every time you turn it on
1:08:12 A Randall Century 3000 solid state amplifier that decides to change its own volume
1:11:00 Where can you find a cheap but broken 1965 Gibson Skylark GA5?
1:16:22 Recommended music: Jim Hall & Paul Desmond
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 Nate’s 1965 Fender Vibro Champ.