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The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons

Apr 19, 2022

It's the 92nd episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps! Harvesting capacitors, recommended reading, Fred Astaire and more. 

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Some of the topics discussed this week:

2:19 The great tube shortage on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Western Electric 300Bs, a million dollar vacuum tube

11:39 Good goo for repairing rotten cabinets

13:59 A Precision Electronics PA amplifier with no model number; the rising prices of vintage PA heads

21:37 Recommended reading: Garrett Hongo's 'The Perfect Sound' (Amazon link)

22:43 Mic pre-amps at Tiny Telephone, RP2s, the Tiny Telephone podcast, Keep the Dream Alive (link)

29:42 Drawing layouts and schematics with's app (link); National Geographic's 'The Rescue'

32:29 A 1950 Fender Deluxe signed "Lilly" (Instagram link)

34:40 A bunch of tweed amps at Skip's; a 1953 Fender wide panel Tweed Deluxe score at an estate sale

38:54 Good-All branded caps vs blue molded caps

40:01 Harvesting old coupling caps: Which brands are worth saving?

43:27 Building an Angela SSE amp with a few mods: The cathode bias on the second half of the 12AX7, experimenting with a Variac to lower B+, Zener diodes to a center tap, repurposing an old jukebox amp, recommended book: 'A Fortune Life,' by A. B. Facey (Amazon link), vegetarian congee

50:46 Recommended music: Fred Astaire's The Astaire Story; Fred Astaire and Barney Kessell

52:44 Lesser known vintage amp brands with surprisingly good tone

56:32 Bahamas plays "All the Time" on a Skip-modified Fender Champ at the Fretboard Journal (YouTube link)

56:59 Buying a new boutique amplifier to get a modern reliable tweed sound

1:01:19 Strain relief for the power cord in a Gibson GA88s, Grandma's Smoked Country sausage from Broadbents Hams (link)

1:05:12 Skip is taking visitors again; Loma Rica Mexican cuisine; lots of disc capacitors up for grabs; a Heathkit SA-3 integrated stereo amp

1:11:00 Daisy chaining amps, a Bugera BC30-212, and a desire to make a foot switchable daisy chain through the effects loop

1:15:08 Running a guitar into both channels of a Northern Electric PA, redux

18:11 Reusing the factory solder during a Fender Champ fix

1:20:17 A silverface Fender Champ with an annoyingly loose can capacitor

1:22:36 A 1967 Deluxe Reverb with a broken reverb tank

1:26:07 Fixing a Gemini VI project; Texas breakfast tacos

1:30:35 Early electrics at; the Appleton guitar APP guitar (link

1:32:25 An antique building with a buzz and/or ghost problem; "Be Thankful for What You Got" (YouTube link)

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