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backe:

From todays rehearsal. SUNN TOWER, RELOCATES YOUR ORGANS


FUCK YAAA!!!

Reblogged from obibongkenobi

backe:

From todays rehearsal. SUNN TOWER, RELOCATES YOUR ORGANS

FUCK YAAA!!!

"I bought a Peavey 5150 I I for about 350$ recently. Great condition, sounds great. It's got Fender tubes in it though, and I was wondering if I should look into changing the tubes or not."

Asked by Anonymous

Wow, great deal.

If it sounds great as is, there’s really no impetus to retube it IMO. If they’re old and will need to be changed soon anyway though, that might provide a sufficient excuse.

"$275 and a road trip for an Emperor 2x12 is a great deal, right?"

Asked by veganaction

I would try and talk the seller down a bit if the road trip takes you somewhere really bunk. But yeah.

and not a good one among em

and not a good one among em

and not a good one among em

and not a good one among em

"hey, theres a '78 Traynor YBA-1 Bassmaster in my area for sale, now I have no real knowledge of these amps, only that some traynor's are fairly prized. Is this a decent amp for guitar? im used to v4's vt22's etc"

Asked by Anonymous

Yes!! Much better suited for guitar than bass IMO. It’s purportedly based off the Marshall JTM45, so it’s louddd and much brighter than you’d be used to as an Ampeg guy. But it’s very cool. One of my bandmates plays one.

"yo so I just picked up a musicman hd130 and it sounds killer but i'm wondering what I can do it for it to have a darker voicing? is there different tubes you would recommend or something? i want to it sorta sound like a cross between a bassman and a model t. thanks!"

Asked by Anonymous

[cont.] also with the musicman hd130, do I turn the standby in the back on first then turn the amp on switch? i’ve always been confused about this

Not sure how drastic of a tonal difference you can get when it’s only power tubes that you can switch out. Not that you haven’t, but try playing with the EQ a bit more; get subtractive with it.

And “amp on” first, standby after.

"So I've been thinking of stripping the tolex off my yba-3 and staining it dark. Should I do it?"

Asked by Anonymous

Hell yeah just make sure your shit’s properly ventilated or else you’ll go all loopy

The correct way to transport an amplifier
Submitted by asleepinsamsara

The correct way to transport an amplifier

Submitted by asleepinsamsara

Reblogged from disarmdarcy

disarmdarcy:

It’s been pretty much a week now that I’ve had the luxury to play this magnificent yet tiny amplifier. I have to say I’m very happy with it and promised Ben, the man behind Verellen Amplifiers a little testimony.

I should start with a bit of info on my previous amps. When I started playing guitar after years of playing bass in 2007-08, I got into a kind of stonerish posthardcorish band. Actually, I was first recruited into that band to replace the bass player… Who ended up not getting fired as the dude who composed the music decided he wanted me to play guitar after a couple sessions we spent composing music together. And here’s pretty much how I started playing guitar, happy accident I guess. One of my bandmate was kind enough to lend me an old and prone to failure Marshall JCM800 combo. After moving on with the pedalboard and guitars, I decided it was time to get myself some serious amp.

My first real amp was an Orange Rocker 30 head which I liked very much, both for it’s clean and distorted sound. I then added a tiny Fender that I would use at home and recording to space out delay ambiance and stuff like that in the quieter parts and it worked great. We disbanded pretty much around that time and I struggled a lot finding a new band in which I could fit. I decided to replace the Fender Superchamp XD I had used in conjonction with the Orange with a Vox AC15C1 that I could get at a great price. The music I was playing was a lot more fuzzy, I decided it was time to move away from the Orange and sold it to fund a vintage ‘69 Fender drip edge Bassman with a 1*15” cabinet from the ’80s. I then got an opportunity to upgrade my AC15C1 to the HW1 as a friend was looking to buy one and willing to grab mine as it was pretty much new and he could get it cheaper that way than from the store.

I honestly liked this setup very much. The cleans were awesome and distorted fuzzed tones were amazing. Except for the fact that at home, living in an apartment, I could only run the Vox at lower volumes. I played the Bassman less and less as it was way too loud and incontrollable at home and I was not really playing out anymore.

A couple months ago, I decided I had enough of needing two amps to get the right sound, the sound I was into. Falling in love with the VI didn’t help on that front either as the Vox was very lacking in the low end and I couldn’t get things to sound the way I wanted. Both the Vox and the Bassman had to go and to be replaced by a single amp that would provide me with the sound I wanted at a lower wattage, handle the VI and be split in a head and cab format for ease of transportation. We’re seriously working on playing out live with the project I’ve been in with a mate for the past two years, therefore the combo form factor was to become an issue.

I immediately thought of Ben Verellen’s work. I knew he could definitely provide me with a guitar amplifier that could handle the VI as his amps found their way in the rigs of many players who used extended range or downtuned guitars. After lurking a couple other builders websites, I was dead set on Verellen.

My idea behind this project was basicly this: a mix of the AC15, my Bassman and the Hiwatt DR503 in a tiny form factor. I wanted the clarity, definition and punch of a smaller british voiced amplifier like the Vox, the extended low end of the Hiwatt and the cleanness of the Fender. It’s difficult to word but it was pretty clear in my mind.

I realised the Spaldo would fit the bill perfectly. Plus, it’s a dead simple amp, volume and tone, a gain boost and bright push-pull on each pots. Nothing more than what I needed.

My only concern was about the speaker. Ben had designed the amp with a WGS Veteran 30. I thought it wasn’t gonna be the right choice for me, as it was probably not gonna be to my taste in the midrange and maybe not present enough in the low end. I emailed Ben and he responded he was happy to use any speaker I’d have delivered at his shop.

After a long hesitation between the Eminence Delta Pro 12 and the Fane Crescendo modern replacement, I decided to take a chance on the Weber Fane style speaker as it was the only one that I’d have an hard time sourcing on this side of the Atlantic ocean. I’m glad I did.

I honestly couldn’t be happier with this amp. It both looks incredible and sounds great. The build quality is stunningly high. I honestly never had witnessed such pristine work on an amplifier. The bass response is amazing, it is simply awesome wether it’s clean or with massive amount of fuzz, wether I play a regular guitar, standard or drop D tuning and it handles the VI extremely well.

I should also mention that it’s a pleasure to work with Ben. He’s a great dude, very patient, and didn’t fail at answering as accurately as he could my every stupid question. My amp got delayed for a 2-3 weeks after it was finally built as the 240v power requirements didn’t make it to the production documents. They realized at the shop during packing. The output transformer had to be ordered and replaced. Ben wasn’t only straightforward enough to keep me informed, he spontaneously threw in a Big Spider to make up for the extra wait.

I realize I promised some of you a demo video and I swear I have something coming on that front soon.

Worth the read!

"My man, would you think that buying a late 70's Traynor 2x15 for use with a Bassman 50 for guitar is a good idea?"

Asked by Anonymous

Yeah just roll the bass on the amp wayy back if you’re playing with a bassist/another guitarist otherwise they’ll haaate you.

"Alright so I just recently got a 1st gen Sunn Model T. Any ideas on how to get at least double the power?"

Asked by Anonymous

Additional Model Ts to taste.

"Mike! Do you have any opinion on the AMP BH420? It's from the old Acoustic Control Corporation (which I freakin' adore) lineage, and there's one available used. But I'm not familiar with the model and whether or not it gets too much of that modern hi-fi kind of bass tone."

Asked by momentsiam

Hm. That particular model doesn’t ring a bell. But if it has “420” in the model name, it’s gotta be good for something

"Isn't the Model T just a 5F6-A Bassman preamp with an ultra-linear power section?"

Asked by Anonymous

sure. whatever. nerd

"The Verellen Model V is also a model t clone, I believe. And I could be, and probably am, wrong but I think the meatsmoke is also the same, but a 300w version, similar to the hex clone."

Asked by emptycartridge

The name certainly suggests as much.