The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 130

Just in time for “Family Day,” it’s a very special, all-Canadian episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps podcast, the call-in show where amp tech Skip Simmons fields your questions on all things tube amp repair!

This week, we have special guests Calvin McCormick (Hiwatt) and Mike Watson of The 6L6s along for the ride.

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Some of the topics discussed:

1:06 Jason is heading to the Phoenix MIM Museum (link); the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota (link); the American Banjo Museum (link)

3:20 This week’s sponsors: Emerald City Guitars, Amplified Parts, Izotope, Stringjoy Strings, and Grez Guitars.

6:05 Canadian amp builders worth following: Gary Economy (Instagram) & Lo-Fi Electronic Instruments (Instagram); Stromberg-Carlson 207; Pepco Riviera 725; Lifco Cobra Mark 2; how to make an amp less bass-y; Frazey Ford’s “U Kin B the Sun” (YouTube)

13:10 The Velvet Touch

14:31 Our Facebook group (link); how did Skip first notice Johnson and Soundmaster amps?

20:18 Garnet quirks: What’s up with the tone stack on this Garnet Revolution II?

23:22 Ted Weber speakers, field coil reconing

23:51 Niagra Falls

25:01 All things poutine; Suuns (link)

30:25 Special guest: Calvin McCormick of Hiwatt! (link)

53:01 Regional Canadian foods: Ketchup chips, coffee crisp, beaver tales, peameal bacon on a kaiser, Newfoundland Screech; the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist

58:23 Outside foil cap orientation on Soundmasters; DC leakage in grid leak bias input caps

1:03:10 The Kahayan 8×4 Selector (link)

1:05:30 What’s the deal with this Soundmaster 086 schematic?

1:11:31 Slowing down the trem on a Traynor Custom Reverb YSR-1; Kevin O’Connor’s books; Pepco amps

1:17:51 Reducing the noise on the Fretboard Summit Microtone pre-amp; Traynor YGM-3; El Pato chicken

1:23:07 Special guest: Mike Watson of the 6L6s; Lifco amps; Keil Amps; the Velvetone amp; Turner amps; Swampdonkey amps; amps with 6Y6 power tubes; Acrosound

1:43:23 Jimi Hendrix on a Marshall amp

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Above and below: Mike Watson’s Turner amp.