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    Bassman Noise Problem

    I’ve used CC’s for nearly all my 1/4 watt specs with my Fender builds and they are not that noisy. No more than any of old Fender amps. I’ve gone back and forth with turret and tag boards. For populating and switching stuff around the turrets are easier for me, but not a huge difference.
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    Bassman Noise Problem

    Hey Don, not too long ago you helped me rebuild/restore/overhaul my Dripedge AB165. Great amp, but mine, which was modded then neglected, was a PITA to get up and running. Fresh builds are much easier. So anyway, as a thank you PM me if you need to replace any of the "Molded Blues." I should be...
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    Popping and static sound as amp powers up or down

    Or dirty sockets. Rolling old glass can fowl up a socket quickly.
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    Marshall Lead 12 5005

    Hard to find one that is working, but the Mosfet 100 did the 80's Marshall thing fairly well. Pick response could be a little "meh" for the player, but the projection was pretty decent.
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    Marshall Lead 12 5005

    You could pull the chassis out and hit the pots with deoxit (make sure it's the type WITH lubricant) but you might be able to get away with just adjusting them with a full sweep with the amp on, every time you play the amp. Fun amps. I always liked the Lead 12, even when my opinion was too far...
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    OD's often do one thing well. This is why so many of us have accumulated a couple dozen, or more. And that isn't counting fuzz boxes, distortion pedals, treble boosters, etc. Not something I recommend doing, but collecting often just happens over time. Very few "multi" dirt boxes are any good...
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    NAD : Reeves Custom 12 PS

    I keep reading great reviews on the low watt Reeves. I'd love to play one. Congrats!
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    JTM45s low end....

    It's not lack of, but focus for me with bass response on early JTM45 flavored amps. Even on the bigger EL34 quartet "100" watters I preferred to sacrifice some gain and go with a Super Bass circuit. While not for everyone, the AB165 tightens things up... cheaper too. The downside with '165's...
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    Who's The LOUDEST One Of All?

    Hire a roadie for me and pay for earplugs to hand out to the audience (for free) and I'd be happy to pull the Super Lead/Twin Reverb setup out of mothballs.
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    5F1 Champ Build - Info & Parts List

    I used to hate 8" speakers and purposely built my Vibro Champ with a 10", but have grown to kinda like 8" speakers for some things. The turret board vs. eyelet is actually an argument, with some claiming tag boards are part of the sound and vibe of the original Fender amps. They do get a...
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    Peavey Classic 20

    My memory is a little fuzzy, but I think there was some love for the 20. Iirc the combo was discontinued in the early 00's. It might be worth the asking price.
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    Show your little 5 watters!!!

    I never bothered taking a picture of my HT1R (MKI), so web grab...
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    NGD - Fender MIM Squier Series

    Nice! Those asian bridges can get a little wonky with intonation, but if your tech can intonate, no worries. Tuners are tuners. I can't get too excited one way or the other if they work.
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    Help deciding on a practice amp.

    The Blackstar HT1R's, at least MKI, are a blast to play with a Les Paul. The 12AU7 push/pull is kind of a weird, narrow kind of "tone" with lots of gain, but once your ears get used to it the crunch tone is a really good time. I hate playing with headphones, so can't help you there.
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    Building a Marshall 2204 JCM800 50W Clone

    Another build thread! Always a happy day.