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    Restoring a Smushed 1969 Twin Reverb With JBL D120Fs

    Exactly. From my PC shipping days, when we didn't have original packaging with molded styrofoam, we double-boxed: Amp goes in a box with a nice layer of bubble wrap, that box goes in a 2nd box with 2" clearance filled with peanuts.
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    How do you straplock your Les Paul?

    I went to friend's house one day & he had these. I now have DiMarzio Click-Locks on most of my guitars and 100% recommend them. When I bought my Epi EB-0, I found strap button on the neck is built into the neck plate, so the Click-Lock wouldn't really work. Time to McGuyver! I had a generic...
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    Aging a New Les Paul Junior

    The end of the story is that when I tracked down my old college buddy 30 years later, me in Berkeley, him in Fargo, he told me that he modded it a bit more and played the shit out of it, then turned it over to his teenager who learned to play on it. It's been their family guitar. So I'm at...
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    Aging a New Les Paul Junior

    Buy a Guild S60-D just before going off to college. Make sure it's in the room for the next 4 years while you chain smoke, do bong hits, drop acid, drink and hang out. Put a bunch of punk rock stickers on it. Set it on the floor with the back of the neck leaning against a sharp table edge. One...
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    About that hiss. My Silkyn Super 50 has a soft "I can hear the ocean" hiss, about 50db. This is with all knobs zeroed and nothing plugged in. Same on either channel. If I put my head right next to the speaker, I can hear a lower-pitched hum, but the hiss is audible across the room. When first...
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    Just to throw some news up here... My Silkyn came with pots so dirty I thought it was broken. Being a novice, I didn't apply the contact cleaner properly and never got the lead channel working before the transformer blew. Then when my Onetics transformer came, I got that installed and, in a fit...
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    Anyone have insight on a speaker replacement? Can I put a single 8 ohm speaker in the amp safely?
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    Saw your post about parting out the Silkyn. What's the condition of the head other than missing...

    Saw your post about parting out the Silkyn. What's the condition of the head other than missing the output transformer? I did the mods on mine and I'm not entirely happy with the results (Lead Channel has vastly reduced volume, rhythm channel developed some hiss.)
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    Somewhere in this thread is a mention of a transformer replacement using an off-the-shelf part.
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    Thanks, Dave! Very encouraging. I'm new enough at this that I'm still refining my technique for basics like pulling components and cleaning the holes, and this is my biggest project to date. The negative feedback line has been removed, no change. I've already identified a wrong component...
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    Today I bit the bullet and spent 4 hours doing the mandatory mods. Some background: My Silkyn originally arrived with the typically mismatched power tubes and a problem no one else had mentioned: The lead channel was totally unusable: cracking the Louder knob (far right) caused the volume to...
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    Low Ballers vs Over Priced Sellers

    Love this thread. You just have to be patient. Someone posted a Subway Rocket for $350, it was gone before I could blink. Another has been lingering forever at $550. It's the difference between the "what I think it's worth" price (too high), the "what everyone else is asking" price (so why...
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    Hey guys, hope everyone had a great holiday. This thread seems to have slowed down, but I'll throw this out there: I have installed the new transformer, but not done any mods. My Silkyn has been making a loud POP when I turn it off. Usually I toggle the standby & power together, but it also does...
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    So Ultra80096 & Pinkjimiphoton, you guys have inspired me to do the mods. Some updates about my box: First, I did not have any severe overheating problems. My failure mode was 1) amp died 2) replaced the 3A fuse, it blew immediately 3) months passed, replaced the PT (Thanks Bud!) 4) Put in a new...
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    I bought a tube combo amp.

    Nice wire dressing. I wish I'd seen this picture before I reinstalled my amp in the case last night. My wiring is, um, a lot looser. It's probably not worth pulling to clean that up, but I will when I nerve up to do some of the Bluesaxe mods. I have a medium size pedal board & was pretty much...


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