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NAD!
« 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.
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Re: NAD!
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: NAD!
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2017, 01:55:15 AM »
sweet score!

hope you get it working without too much hassle.
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Re: NAD!
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2017, 06:03:34 AM »
Boom that is awesome

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Re: NAD!
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2017, 07:09:24 AM »
Free stuff is awesome! Especially if it's vintage!
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Re: NAD!
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2017, 12:19:03 PM »
Sweet!!! Enjoy, man.

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Re: NAD!
« Reply #6 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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Re: NAD!
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2017, 04:25:14 PM »
For free!!!!!  :o

You lucky son of a gun!

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Re: NAD!
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2017, 08:16:31 PM »
Looks to be in superb shape.

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Re: NAD!
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2017, 11:48:26 PM »
That's a full-fledged win right there, son.

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Re: NAD!
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2017, 02:31:20 AM »
That's great. Enjoy!

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Re: NAD!
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2017, 07:39:50 AM »
Holy crap, what a score! Congrats!
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Re: NAD!
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: NAD!
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2017, 02:37:25 PM »
Dang!  Congrats man, what a great amp to score for free  8)

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Re: NAD!
« Reply #14 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.

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