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The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons

May 9, 2022

It's the 93rd episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps! Strain relief, stubborn Champs (and Randalls!), blanched kale with sunflower seeds, and plenty more.

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

Support us on for added content and the occasional surprise. This month, we'll be giving a TAVA-themed fuzz pedal to one lucky patron! 

Some of the topics discussed this week:

:50 Amplified Parts now carries PSVANE tubes; tube brands
6:51 Nate's maple syrup
7:50 Garrett Hongo's 'The Perfect Sound'
10:19 A Silverface Champ, Little Charlie's Spanish rice, Trustee from the Tool Room, the novels of Charles Portis, the Kalamazoo KEA's unique push-pull circuit
17:06 Making the two channels of a reissue Fender Vibroverb in-phase; learning soldering as a blind person (link:
24:56 Putting a few select vintage parts in a new Princeton 5F2A clone
31:35 @nocoastsaint's tractor tire-as-speaker-cabinet experiment (Instagram link)
32:52 The Fretboard Journal, TAVA, Doug Sewall's amplifiers (Wampus Cat), getting rid of intermittent noise by moving an amp, cheap surge protectors, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder's 'Get On Board'
43:01 A 1965 Fender Vibro Champ that's with a squeal on its vibrato, Capacitor Wizards, bypass cap orientation
48:11 A new transformer for a Victor projector amplifier and matching speaker
50:25 Overheating parts during soldering, using a heat sink?
53:38 The MTS modular tube preamp system
55:53 Strain relief bushing tips, Pro's Kit, blanched kale with toasted sunflower seeds, giveaway (coming soon)
1:01:51 A stiff 5E8A clone with two game changing mods
1:06:13 A reissue tweed Champ that sputters for 30 seconds every time its turned on
1:08:12 A Randall Century 3000 solid state amp that decides to change its own volume
1:11:00 What to source for a cheap but defective 1965 Gibson skylark GA5
1:16:22 Music recommendation: Jim Hall & Paul Desmond