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Some of the topics discussed this week:
:27 A cool dude’s Traynor and pipe stuff from the Forest Service in Chester, California
1:47 A 60’s Heathkit IG-5237 still sealed in the box (stereo FM signal generator)
4:07 The 50th issue of the Fretboard Journal, the Fretboard Summit in Chicago, the legacy of Dumble
10:08 This week’s sponsors: Amplified Parts, Calton Cases and Jupiter Condenser Co.
11:12 This Month’s Patreon Giveaway: A Fuzz Face from Hello Sailor! effects
13:17 Northern California fire season
14:53 An Ampeg B-12XY with an internal 5 watt amp for speaker driven reverb, Guild Thunderbird amp
18:26 Reserve your new TAVA t-shirt (Link)
19:26 Tube naming, revised
20:41 Smoking last episode of Earthsound Research G-2000…fixed?; more backup talk
23:34 Skip explains his WD-40 stance; Red Green
27:53 Kevin from Ohio eBay result Patreon perks MSRP codes
32:49 Special Guest: Thomas Cravener, VP Sales and Marketing at Amplified Parts: Russian/Chinese tube supply; Amplified Parts still buys/sells NOS tubes; psvane pipes; Building Mallory capacitors (YouTube link)
56:59 Gibson GA-8; Do I need a matched set of 6V6 in a parallel single ended amp?
1:02:34 use of alcohol in cooking; Kale as a shoe repair
1:05:57 Structure of a Masco Audiosphere A-8 from the circuit diagram (6V6 or 6L6)
1:10:15 Jupiter caps on Amplified Parts; the low acceptable DC voltage at leaking clutch caps
1:12:57 A Flot-A-Tone with a howling problem
1:15:36 A Masco boss from the 50/50 club is reunited with his cab
1:18:00 Trying to match the dynamics and distortion of an Ampeg B-25 and a Marshall Plexi clone; Post Power Inverter Master Volume Mods, Buy Pedals From Amazon
1:23:51 What would Skip buy: a silver-plated Princeton reverb, a high-end clone, or a new Fender hand-wired one?
1:27:20 Replay of Howling Flot-A-Tone, 6SC7 tubes
1:27:10 1966 Fender Pro Reverb with sharp increase in anode voltage immediately after using the standby switch; standby switch 101; GZ34 vs. 5U4 rectifier tubes; Roasted potatoes
1:37:29 Taming the highs on a Marshall Mercury (we’ll attach the schematic to the fretboardjournal.com notes page so you can see what we’re discussing)
1:42:16 Skip’s learning curve: was he working on collectible amps early on? a ’53 Tweed Deluxe with no original parts; “Swami” by William Penn and his buddies (YouTube link)
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Above: Jason’s Marshall Mercury. Marshall Mercury schematic below (thanks, David M.)