I've been turned!

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by Uncle Daddy, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Never going back again! Tweed amps all up for sale kinda turned! This Princeton Reverb handwired project has totally flipped the way I think about Blackface amps. I thought they were all about glassy shimmer and brittle highs, but this one growls like a junkyard dog. With a T-Armond on the bridge, a hair of 'verb and the bass around 8, this thing is proper neighbour pleasing, enough to get them banging on the wall in appreciation.

    In all seriousness, I can see why the Princeton Reverb has been a favourite for such a long time. This one, with the Stokes mod, over-rated transformers and 12" speaker might be quite a way from a standard PR, and knocks spots off the re-issue I tried.

    The build was a little more difficult than anything I've tried to date, but really it's only just a few more wires and components. Go slow, gt the job done right. Totally Red Oktober silent on tickover, a bit of normal tube hiss when cranked, it looks like the oversized metal film resistors have done the job right. I also used a star ground, and earthed all the pots to one place.

    I are a very happy bunny right now.

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  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Hoppity hop there Mr Bunny ....lol. Glad you're enjoying it
  3. Axis39

    Axis39 Country Gent

    Jun 2, 2008
    Beaumont, CA
    The Princeton Reverb, brownest of all blackface amps, is my favorite blackface amp. It has been my favorite since I figured out one was. It was always my reference tone to test new guitars. At least, when every guitar store had one.

    I had one for a while, a reissue. The guy I bought it from had a Vintage 30 in it. Which made it almost as heavy as the '69 Vibrolux Reverb I had at the time. Kinda doubling things up... It was slightly warmer in tone, but I also had a '63 Vibroverb Reissue and it trumped them both.

    I love Princeton Reverbs, but I'm still a tweed/brownface guy....
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  4. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
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  5. Dave-B

    Dave-B Country Gent

    May 23, 2016
    Wait - there's an amp in that photo?
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  6. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I always love seeing that red sparkle jet. It’s my favorite of the sparkles.
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  7. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
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  8. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Nice combo. You need a new colour cable though.
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  9. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    I am always astonished how loud (and good sounding) this little boxes are.
    Looks like a job well done.
  10. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    What kit is that Uncle?
  11. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    It's a Tube Amp Doctor kit from Germany, essentially a Mojotone kit.
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  12. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Synchromatic

    Jun 20, 2017
    Cool report! I'm glad you are digging it! And I'm impressed that you actually built it! I gots ta git me sum more skillz yo!

    Meanwhile like I mentioned in an other thread I'm really enjoying my Princeton Clone built by Rick Hayes, a Vintage Sound 15, and I think that some kind of good Princeton is a must have. I also have his Deluxe Reverb clone the VS 22, which also kills.
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  13. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I didn’t realize it was a complete kit and thought you modded one. My hats off for you good sir. That’s super cool.
  14. NJDevil

    NJDevil Synchromatic

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    Like the post above, I too am impressed tha you built it. I can only imagine the great tone your getting from that fantastic red beauty and the modded PR. Very cool indeed!!!
  15. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
  16. JHowdy

    JHowdy Country Gent

    Nov 16, 2013
    ^looks super well done!

    There be Tweed Amps at Bargain! :) I finally got mine growling the way I want by using a low input and jump wiring the high inputs together.
  17. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
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  18. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Sorted! New coily cable of doom.

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  19. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Synchromatic

    Jun 20, 2017
  20. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Good Job and Stuff, Uncle Daddy ! :cool::cool::cool:

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