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The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons

Dec 6, 2022

Episode 106: No special guests, but plenty of amp questions answered and some recipes! 

Some of the topics discussed: 

1:01 It's good to be anxious

3:59 Our Patreon page:

4:18 Any interest in a Seattle amp swap meet / hang on December 31? Message me at

4:49 Deluxe's TAVA-tribute El Pato-Tone 9-volt practice amp: Now available in the green El Pato can! (Reverb link)

7:51 Music recommendation: Thee Sinseers (NPR Tiny Desk concert link); The "5" Royales (YouTube link)

9:23 How is amp output affected by adding speakers?

12:39 Impedance vs resistance, revisited; phaser analysis; chicken curry

17:27 The Soursound transformers episode (link); when does the speaker deep dive happen?; amps with hybrid circuits; harpist Emily Hopkins (YouTube link), 8417 tubes

27:38 Netflix's new documentary, 'Travelin' Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall'

30:45 Harp player Paul Oscher; Jontavious Willis' interview with Oscher on the Diddie Wah Diddie podcast (link)

33:34 Tips on extending wiring; a Western Electric Slice

37:06 Safe long-term storage of vintage amps; a Falcon discovered in the trunk of a car

40:23 What's the simplest tube reverb circuit? the Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb pedal, vintage Premier 90 Reverb tanks

45:38 'The How & Why of Guitar Tube Amps' by Gar Gillies (order:

50:57 Now you have a third salad dressing

51:31 Is the speaker switch I made safe to use? Grits with smoked gouda

1:00:07 Buying a second-hand Mesa Boogie amp

1:04:02 What's the CSA Thermal Protector on a Fender Musicmaster Bass amp?

1:06:52 An Australian Philips PA conversion that won't stop popping and crackling; cathode resistors and plate load resistors

1:09:17 Three Marshall Super Lead heads, one that has ghosting; filter capacitance

1:18:35 Soup with kale and white beans

1:21:01 Yank magazine; a fancy tube tester (and a Heathkit signal generator) still available at Skip's; Rabbit Hole bourbon (link); Sherwood (British TV show); see Skip at the Marin Guitar Show (January 2023, link)

This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase.

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