NAD (Maybe) - '71 Fender Twin - advice?

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**Edit: I bought the amp!**

I have a chance to buy the Twin for what seems to be a pretty good price. I know Silverface Twins are like the red-headed step-child of the vintage Fenders, but at $650 I figure even if I didn't keep it long term I could flip it easily.

Seller says it's unmodded, no master volume, and in good condition cosmetically.

Any suggestions or things to watch out for? I'm heading over to pick it up (if it all checks out) in a couple hours.
 

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Who says they're the red headed step child of vintage Fenders. Actually I prefer silverface twins to blackface ones when set up properly.
 

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Who says they're the red headed step child of vintage Fenders. Actually I prefer silverface twins to blackface ones when set up properly.

Their used value says they are the red-headed stepchild! They just clearly aren't as sought after as many others. Compared to a 71 Deluxe Reverb, Super reverb, Pro reverb, Vibrolux, etc., they're just not as desirable.
 

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Their used value says they are the red-headed stepchild! They just clearly aren't as sought after as many others. Compared to a 71 Deluxe Reverb, Super reverb, Pro reverb, Vibrolux, etc., they're just not as desirable.

That's because most people today don't want an 85 watt amp that stays clean almost to 10, well, except the country guys.
 

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I just a '72 and couldn't be more happy. All I did when I checked mine out before buying was turn ever knob while the amp was running to listen for crackling, I played it (turning every knob), and I cranked it to 10 to see if the speakers were still in playing shape. I spent about 25 minutes in all working through it.
 

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That's because most people today don't want an 85 watt amp that stays clean almost to 10, well, except the country guys.

Or those of us that enjoy our pedal boards. I have an Ethos coming that I am going to be using with mine. Pretty pumped!
 

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Bring a handtruck or dolly cart....:laugh2:



Good Luck,:thumb:

I'm already quite used to schlepping around an AC30, so I'm not afraid of heavy amps. I figure for the price, I can't lose. If it turns out I want to get rid of it I can sell it for even more than I'm paying.
 

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I'd be all over that in an instant,if it was local,at that price.Its my final:)laugh2::laugh2:) wish list amp.ymmv.I love big amps and big sound.Don't care about the weight. I like the size and the cleans.A 71 non-masterTR at a good price is what i'm looking for.Only interested in local offerings though.And it seems there is a lot of people up here who want to sell them for holy grail prices.
 

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I'd be all over that in an instant,if it was local,at that price.Its my final:)laugh2::laugh2:) wish list amp.ymmv.I love big amps and big sound.Don't care about the weight. I like the size and the cleans.A 71 non-masterTR at a good price is what i'm looking for.Only interested in local offerings though.And it seems there is a lot of people up here who want to sell them for holy grail prices.

Really? Where are you located?
 

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Well the amp is mine! My first "vintage" amp, too. It's not perfect but it's in decent condition. I need a foot switch for it, and it will need to be cleaned up. I did hear an odd crackle on the vibrato channel once, but it went away. That might be something to watch out for.

I'll post pictures in the next day or two.
 

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east of toronto.(Whitby)...congrats!.
 

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I must say, it's not as heavy as my Vox AC30 so I don't know what all the belly-aching is about. I could carry it in one hand comfortably for awhile.

I also just ordered a vintage-style foot switch, as the owner didn't have the original.
 

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Congrats, I'm on my 3rd Twin Reverb. Owned a 1966 and two 1972's. One of my favorite amps of all time.

Plan to get it to a tech soon for a checkup.
 

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I took the Twin to band practice last night. Sounds very nice. I wasn't' really happy with my overdrive sounds (pedals) with it, but the base clean sound of the amp is great. Fun to have variety anyway!
 

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Maybe try a RAT pedal. It's a classic pairing with a Twin.
 

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great amp
I love my SF fenders more than the BF I have
Congrats
T
 

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I took the Twin to band practice last night. Sounds very nice. I wasn't' really happy with my overdrive sounds (pedals) with it, but the base clean sound of the amp is great. Fun to have variety anyway!

I just picked up a original (i.e. not the Lovepedal version) Hermida Zendrive. Sounds fantastic in front of my '77 Boogie Mark I 60W! I use it on the Fender channel (input 2) with amp volume set for punchy, clean 6L6 tones. You might want to give one a try. They go for $250-300 and are easy to move if you decide it's not for you...
 

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