The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 85

It’s the 85th episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps featuring special guest, Calvin McCormick (HiWatt, @ampfreek).

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Some of the topics discussed this week:

1:59 El Pato hot sauce in a bottle

3:13 Nothing but cans: Skip’s recent meal

9:58 Update on the amp that lost the majority of its volume during shipping (ep. 84)

11:24 You think this gig is easy, part 7: A Fender Reverb unit with nearly every part replaced

17:42 The tone of the Fender Twins in the Beatles’ ‘Get Back’ documentary

23:41 Special guest: Calvin McCormick (McCormick Analog / Hiwatt / @ampfreek): Meeting Hy Bloom, founder of Soundmaster; Hiwatt today; a new Hiwatt fuzz pedal announcement, Grand Funk Railroad, Garnet Herzog, MTI tube stompboxes and lots more.

1:03:23 Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ

1:08:02 Fender 5F2 vs 5F2A fuse specification

1:11:37 The input pre-amp on tube PAs, 12AX7 versus 12AT7

1:14:58 What makes a good steel amp; Steelin’ Home by Noel Boggs (YouTube link)

1:22:12 Reforming NOS capacitor cans: Trash or Treasure?

1:24:39 Fitting a reverb tank with space constraints, cooked salsa

1:27:53 Skip needs an Ampeg Gemini II trem module (TM-1), running an old rotary phone into a computer

1:29:45 Skip’s new name

1:30:38 Adding a cut control to a single-ended Vox style amp; cheese dip; Pat Martino’s ‘Live at Keystone Korner’

1:39:47 Replacing the V1 on a two 12AX7, two 6V6 amp to a 12AU7

Hosted by amp tech Skip Simmons. Co-hosted and produced by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde.

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Above: Can caps pic submitted by listener Sevan.