We’re back and Episode 111 has it all: deep thoughts, a tornado, fried eggs and broken power tubes.
Some of the topics discussed this week:
1:59 The TAVA Big Index Page (Link)
3:26 A Pro Chef Hack, Rancho Gordo Beans Redux (link to the beans)
4:34 A ’64 Princeton Reverb clone with a switch that can turn it into a standard Princeton, Redux (thanks to Montreal-based Emcee Amps); the Tweed Vibrolux tone control
7:44 What’s on Skip’s bench: A Stromberg-Carlson PA head
9:52 How did today’s vintage amps sound like new? Pizza with egg
19:00 A tornado damaged 1967 Deluxe Reverb with a loose reverb wire
23:38 A 6G3 with a glowing power tube when good power tubes go bad
28:41 Why does my handwired Vox AC4 hum more than my PCB version of the exact same amp?
32:18 Quieter a ’63 Vibroverb reissue; Crazy Tube Circuit’s White Whale Reverb Pedal (Link)
42:13 Baffler: The usefulness of a 6AT6 preamp tube in vintage radios
46:16 What Skip is reading: Garrett Hongo’s “The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo” (Amazon link), a 12-volt dynamo motor
51:57 A psychologist intervenes; B+ voltage
Recorded February 14, 2023.
Pictured: Emcee Amps El Caballero model that can switch between a Princeton Reverb, a Blackface Non-Reverb Princeton, or a Brownface 6G2 Princeton. On Instagram as @emceeamplification
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