It’s the 92nd episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps! Harvesting capacitors, recommended reading, Fred Astaire and more.
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Some of the topics discussed this week:
2:19 The great tube shortage on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Western Electric 300Bs, a million dollar vacuum tube
11:39 Good goo for repairing rotten cabinets
13:59 A Precision Electronics PA amplifier with no model number; the rising prices of vintage PA heads
21:37 Recommended reading: Garrett Hongo’s ‘The Perfect Sound’ (Amazon link)
22:43 Mic pre-amps at Tiny Telephone, RP2s, the Tiny Telephone podcast, Keep the Dream Alive (link)
29:42 Drawing layouts and schematics with DIY-fever.com’s app (link); National Geographic’s ‘The Rescue’
32:29 A 1950 Fender Deluxe signed “Lilly” (Instagram link)
34:40 A bunch of tweed amps at Skip’s; a 1953 Fender wide panel Tweed Deluxe score at an estate sale
38:54 Good-All branded caps vs blue molded caps
40:01 Harvesting old coupling caps: Which brands are worth saving?
43:27 Building an Angela SSE amp with a few mods: The cathode bias on the second half of the 12AX7, experimenting with a Variac to lower B+, Zener diodes to a center tap, repurposing an old jukebox amp, recommended book: ‘A Fortune Life,’ by A. B. Facey (Amazon link), vegetarian congee
50:46 Recommended music: Fred Astaire’s The Astaire Story; Fred Astaire and Barney Kessell
52:44 Lesser known vintage amp brands with surprisingly good tone
56:32 Bahamas plays “All the Time” on a Skip-modified Fender Champ at the Fretboard Journal (YouTube link)
56:59 Buying a new boutique amplifier to get a modern reliable tweed sound
1:01:19 Strain relief for the power cord in a Gibson GA88s, Grandma’s Smoked Country sausage from Broadbents Hams (link)
1:05:12 Skip is taking visitors again; Loma Rica Mexican cuisine; lots of disc capacitors up for grabs; a Heathkit SA-3 integrated stereo amp
1:11:00 Daisy chaining amps, a Bugera BC30-212, and a desire to make a foot switchable daisy chain through the effects loop
1:15:08 Running a guitar into both channels of a Northern Electric PA, redux
18:11 Reusing the factory solder during a Fender Champ fix
1:20:17 A silverface Fender Champ with an annoyingly loose can capacitor
1:22:36 A 1967 Deluxe Reverb with a broken reverb tank
1:26:07 Fixing a Gemini VI project; Texas breakfast tacos
1:30:35 Early electrics at MIM.org; the Appleton guitar APP guitar (link)
1:32:25 An antique building with a buzz and/or ghost problem; “Be Thankful for What You Got” (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: The square power cord hole in listener Sam’s Gibson GA88s.