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General => Open Discussion => Topic started by: diablochris6 on May 20, 2017, 10:01:22 PM

Title: NAD!
Post by: diablochris6 on May 20, 2017, 10:01:22 PM
Since I was 14, I've been playing through the same amp, a Fender Pro185. For over 20 years, I played this solid-state, solid workhorse without complaint. I always wanted a tube amp, but never had the cash to snag one. And then...

The digital media department at school has a tiny, makeshift recording studio for students to record voiceover and music tracks for their videos. Most of the gear is donated, and most of it is pretty junky. Amidst the musical flotsam is this Deluxe Reverb from the early 80s. It's in bad shape. The reverb and tremolo are nonfunctional (probably blown tubes), and the chassis has a pretty bad split in it. The clean channel is phenomenal, and the original pedals for the tremolo and boost are included. I offered the teacher my solid state amp instead of her having to figure out how to fix the Deluxe, but she told me her department is turning into an e-commerce course. With the studio closing and the state of the amp, she was going to probably trash the amp, but she said I could have it.

So, to recap, I got a vintage tube amp for free.
(http://i.imgur.com/esXHmTB.jpg)
Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: Matmosphere on May 20, 2017, 11:04:24 PM
Nice! Congrats man!

Make sure the problem with the tremolo and reverb isn't just with the foot switch.
Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: m-Kresol on May 21, 2017, 01:55:15 AM
sweet score!

hope you get it working without too much hassle.
Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: Adam_MD on May 21, 2017, 06:03:34 AM
Boom that is awesome
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Post by: stringsthings on May 21, 2017, 07:09:24 AM
Free stuff is awesome! Especially if it's vintage!
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Post by: Martan on May 21, 2017, 12:19:03 PM
Sweet!!! Enjoy, man.
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Post by: jimilee on May 21, 2017, 03:06:37 PM
Wha??? No way! I've been jonesing for a tubed fender amp for a bit now.


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Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: galaxiex on May 21, 2017, 04:25:14 PM
For free!!!!!  :o

You lucky son of a gun!

(grumbles about having just paid $600.00 for a 1975 Silverface Vibro Champ)
Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: gordo on May 21, 2017, 08:16:31 PM
Looks to be in superb shape.
Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: culturejam on May 21, 2017, 11:48:26 PM
That's a full-fledged win right there, son.
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Post by: bluescage on May 22, 2017, 02:31:20 AM
That's great. Enjoy!
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Post by: storyboardist on May 22, 2017, 07:39:50 AM
Holy crap, what a score! Congrats!
Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: diablochris6 on May 22, 2017, 12:16:32 PM
Nice! Congrats man!

Make sure the problem with the tremolo and reverb isn't just with the foot switch.

Thanks for the tip. I actually haven't plugged the foot switches up yet. They have seen better days.

The amp might just need a little cleaning. The lamp was out when I picked it up, but I wiggled the bulb around, and it worked. Maybe I need to wiggle more stuff on this thing.
Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: nzCdog on May 22, 2017, 02:37:25 PM
Dang!  Congrats man, what a great amp to score for free  8)
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Post by: midwayfair on May 22, 2017, 02:42:10 PM
Nice. You can use that for taking down small aircraft if you crank it.

Wha??? No way! I've been jonesing for a tubed fender amp for a bit now.

Sell a couple dozen guitars and you can get a handful of vintage amps ...
Title: Re: NAD!
Post by: PaulL on May 23, 2017, 03:48:25 AM
Dude, that's just nuts. I think I will go out bin-diving this lunchtime, there must be my dream amp laying around somewhere.