The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 90

It’s the 90th episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps! John Smith serves us a chorizo lasagna dish; we hear the demented sounds your tubes are making on their own; the answer to last week’s baffler and much more.

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Some of the topics discussed this week:

4:57 What’s in a blue molded cap?

6:17 Our Patreon page and a Patreon-only giveaway

8:14 The Ep. 89 Fender Chris Stapleton amp baffler answered

13:03 Burning Spear, Marysville postcards, and electric trains

13:55 Beginner’s corner: Basic servicing on a Traynor YBA-1 and a 1968 Fender Deluxe Reverb; Alex Shultz’s ‘Think About It’

18:27 A Peavey Classic 30 with a sibilant buzz

23:11 Why are vacuum tubes called valves; eggs with smoked paprika

26:35 Grez guitars; a 1978 Deluxe Reverb with a microphonic channel 1

33:07 Rewinding transformers: worth it?

37:33 A Fender Musicmaster bass in Daphne blue up for grabs; a memorial for Little Charlie

39:47 A blackface Fender Vibrochamp with a bad hum; artificial center taps and various other mods; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five (YouTube link); Weller 8200 for chassis ground connections?; Weller 550

48:42 The sound coming out of your tubes; Universal Audio OX; Steven Spielberg’s Duel

54:05 Thanks, AmpsAmps

55:13 Two Craigslist finds: Cutting the cord on a free Hammond M-111 and a what to do with an empty 2000 Fender Twin Reverb shell

1:00:51 Steel players and their quest for more headroom; overdriven steel artifacts; tips and tricks for getting more headroom from an amp

1:06:39 John Smith finds tube amp happiness with Benson Nathan Junior; chorizo lasagna (with El Pato); watch John Smith on That Pedal Show (YouTube link)

1:10:50 Has Skip ever been shocked?, signal bleed on a PA amp; Jeff Healey’s trumpet playing

1:14:51 The most sought after Masco PA heads

1:20:56 Turning a Knight 93-360 into an octal Gibson GA-20s and what to do with the phono input?

1:25:25 Speaker efficiency and sensitivity

1:28:26 Why new crock pots suck

1:31:03 Filter cap changes on classic Marshall circuits

1:37:26 Theoretical circuit splicing

1:40:26 How does Skip desolder a connection?

1:42:38 Making Filmosounds safe, Cheesy Hammy Eggy

1:46:52 More good goo: S&F Smothered Cajun sauce (link)

1:48:38 A microphonic 1966 Fender Bassman head; can high humidity make a fiberboard conductive? leaving an amp on to dry it out

The Truth About Vintage Amps is hosted by amp tech Skip Simmons. Co-hosted and produced by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde.

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Above: Listener Geoffrey micing his Marshall’s tubes; below: the Cheesy Hammy Eggy of Joe Halliday (Hello Sailor Effects).