Aug 14, 2021
It's the 76th episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps Podcast. After a long buildup, Skip is back and fielding all of your guitar amplifier questions.
Some of the topics discussed this week:
3:45 What's on Skip's workbench: A 1955 Tweed Tremolux with a Tartak transformer
7:12 An obituary for Tweed amps and a challenge (and a TAVA meetup idea)
13:23 Free or cheap stuff in Loma Rica: Couch Potato stuff (taken!); a Lab Series L3 amp; a Hickcok 532 tube tester; "English"
21:10 Bob Armstrong, Mickey Rat (visit his site/store here)
24:30 'Murder Among the Mormons'; 'Sour Grapes'
27:54 Two different pre-amps running in parallel to a single power section; what to do with a car tube radio with loctal tubes and a vibrator
35:14 A Masco MA-17 with a $129 buy-it-now price
39:53 Polarity checking plugs for the working musician
41:32 Getting a brighter clean tone on a Bell & Howell Filmosound 202 conversion; brussel sprouts
50:34 The TAVA Big Index page
51:09 'Morse' and 'Endeavour'
52:43 Peter Guaralnick's 'Lost Highway' and 'Feel Like Going Home'; Matthew Crawford's 'Why We Drive'; Lonnie Johnson; Big Mama Thornton; the other Lonnie Johnson
56:41 Replacing a transformer on a Silverface Vibro Champ that keeps losing its volume
58:55 Falling in love with a logging truck (a 1970 Traynor YBA-1 with a 2x15 cab and an 8x10 cab); attenuators
1:07:18 The Mason Model 6's big transformer; the forthcoming TAVA 100th episode commemorative amp collaboration with Gibson
1:16:36 A rusty EH-150 in Norway, revisited: a Rola speaker swap, choke vs. resistors, 6F5 vs 6F5G tubes, etc.
1:23:59 Chipotle + Hernandez, Mrs. Renfro's green salsa; hotwiring your tractor; a cheap TEAC reel-to-reel; moving goats
1:28:34 A Bardwell & McAlister PA amp that glows in the dark
1:30:19 Converting a 1957 RCA Model SHF67 phonograph into a Fender Harvard-style amp; adding a bass control
Co-hosted by the Fretboard Journal's Jason Verlinde.
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