It’s the 91st episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps! We talk about the great tube shortage of 2022, blue molded caps, boutique amps, parenting tips, kale chips and more.
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Some of the topics discussed this week:
1:48 O.W. Appleton and the APP guitar (link)
7:09 Should we be freaking out about the 2022 vacuum tube shortage? Western Electric getting into guitar tubes (survey link)
19:50 An Australian PA amp with EF86s; when did solid state rectification begin?; For The Term of His Natural Life, by Marcus Clarke; congee
26:22 Hab Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce (link)
26:46 Blue molded caps in a Tweed Deluxe clone
31:00 Changing the voltage dropping resistors in a Silverface Champ where the B+ is super high
34:27 Extending the leads of pots and a jack so that you can fit an amp inside a vintage radio cabinet
37:18 The remote controls on old Bogen PA heads
45:39 Pedal steel amplifiers, redux; Fender Tweed Pro; beer bread
48:59 A pause for others who know what they’re doing: Earl Yarrow, Terry Dobbs, Jeff Bakos; a shout out to the USPS
53:44 Working with a transformer that doesn’t have a filament center cap; RIP El Charritos
58:32 Building a 5F2A vs. a AA764
1:03:16 Thanks to Kevin in Ohio; the TAVA Patreon Page (link)
1:03:57 Why are boutique amps so expensive, revisited; point-to-point wiring versus turret board; CW Stoneking’s Gon’ Boogaloo
1:12:16 Baked kale chips; Irish colcannon; skillet Brussels sprouts; carrots in garlic oil
1:17:30 What’s the deal with the 1955 Les Paul Jr. amplifier; making room for filter caps
1:20:17 Taming a Fender Champ; more parenting tips; Song Exploder (“Closing Time” episode link)
1:30:46 More book recommendations? Geoff Farina of Karate
1:39:57 Skip’s Music Master bass… sold; K + M Chocolate (link)
1:42:25 What happens to your guitar signal when you split it with a Y cord? Voltage amplifier or cathode follower; Donny Hathaway (“Jealous Guy” on YouTube); 6CM6 tubes
1:47:19 What to do with a 1967 Kodak Pageant movie projector? Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery’s ‘Dynamic Duo’, The Meters; Trustee From the Toolroom; Fluke TL71 Premium Test lead set; Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce, “the tweed Champ of pasta sauce” (recipe link)
1:57:57 Skip has a McIntosh MR71 tube tuner for sale; independent radio; the Heptones “I’ve Been Trying” (YouTube link)
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 Justice’s 5E3 with vintage blue molded caps.