NAD: Princeton Reverb handwired clone - blackface in tweed suit

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by captainmur, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. captainmur

    captainmur Electromatic

    Sep 7, 2017
    So, it was a long story, see the beginning here:
    But now is the happy end : my proudly made of best parts famous Princeton Reverb handwired clone.
    Yes, you may call it an attempted counterfeit, but I will “Fender”, "Princeton Reverb" etc. on the amp . Just as some manufacturers still writes long expired patent numbers on his items – “for historical reasons” as they claim -, I use the old inscriptions as "Fender Elect. Instr. Co" for historical reasons. As I do not intend to sell my amp, I think this should be legally okay. IMHO this amp is much more true classical Black Face era Fender as modern 65PRRI. I feel Leo Fender got it right :)
    The parts :
    - georgeous chassis and face & back plates, an exact copy of old Princetons, including fiber circuit board & bias board, brass ground plate, and aluminium plate for covering the A/C Outlet hole. Quality of silk screen printing at face & back plates is irreproachable.
    - Mercury Magnetics transformers
    - Jensen P10R-F speaker (special Fender Edition alnico with extended dynamic and frequency ranges)
    - Tung Sol valves
    - resistors are mostly Allen Bradley (in the anode and cathode circuits), Sozo Blue Molded, Sprague Atom
    - solid pine cabinet with birch plywood baffle, dowetail joint. Tweed is lacquered with three layers of nitro lacquer with additional toning with shellac.
    So only top quality components was used.
    Some small mods are following (nothing to change the tone):
    - extern Bias Points & Bias Pot
    - 3-Pos. "Off"-"Standby"-"On" Switch

    Here some pics of "inner space":

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    PR 023.jpg
    And now ready to play :
    PR 007.jpg
    PR 004.jpg

    The sound is incredible : mellow clean tone... the amp brings the rich, warm timbres, it's true vintage blackface sound. Unfortunately I haven't neither good mic nor recording skills to make a samples... just trust me: the sound is brilliant.
    Love my new amp sooooo much:)
  2. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Congratulations, it looks good indeed! Hopefully I'll get to building my variation of the Princeton Reverb this year - finally...
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  3. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Beautiful. I have been playing through a couple of blackface Princeton Reverb clones for a while and they are wonderful amps. Yours looks fabulous. Congrats.
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  4. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Congrats on a great looking build!
    BTW, I never knew that Epiphone made a Chet Atkins model...
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  5. captainmur

    captainmur Electromatic

    Sep 7, 2017
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
  7. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    May 13, 2018
    Wow, that looks first class throughout!
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  8. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    That is outstanding work. Nicely done!

    Sent from my SM-T560NU using Tapatalk
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  9. Jet_streamliner

    Jet_streamliner Gretschie

    Nov 21, 2017
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