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Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by jdempler, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. jdempler

    jdempler Strat-Talker

    137
    Jan 11, 2012
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    My Epi. Valve Jr. with custom cab with a 20 watt hammond organ speaker
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  2. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    USA
    I own the combo version. Modded with new tube and stby switch.
     

  3. TubbyTone

    TubbyTone Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 28, 2011
    The Sticks,Canada
    cool, I have one too... with a Homemade dovetailed 12" cab and I used a old Symphonic organ speaker... here's a clip sorry about the sniffles...

    my '65 Strat. project - YouTube
     

  4. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    USA
    This is my only tube amp, and I don't think ill be needing to look for another one. 5 watts is plenty of tube power. It powers my 4x12 cabinet pretty easily.

    Anything more than this would be superfluous to me.
     

  5. jdempler

    jdempler Strat-Talker

    137
    Jan 11, 2012
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    I play mine in church every Sunday no issues with being too loud, and honestly I only turn it up about a fourth of the way and Keep up with our drummer that plays ear bleedingly loud. Just throw a few pedals in front to specific sounds and good to go. I love the natural break up after replacing the stock tubes.
     

  6. LeftyBlake

    LeftyBlake Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 25, 2009
    The Evergreen State
    I've got a VJ head and cab and I love it. When I got mine, the head stopped working thirty seconds after I pulled it out of the box. I checked the tubes and sure enough, the preamp tube had blown up from turning the amp on. Just another reason I use old tubes from the 50's and 60's.

    I sorta want to get another head and mod it to be a reverb tank.
     

  7. jdempler

    jdempler Strat-Talker

    137
    Jan 11, 2012
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    I found a tube radio repairman who had tubes from the 50's as well sounds ten times better now, and agreed the only thing I really wish it had was reverb. None of the Low watt class a tube amps now days are coming with reverb.
     

  8. Hugh

    Hugh Needs Mo Motown Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 26, 2009
    Louisville (KY)
    Wish I still had mine. I'm watching cl for another one.
     

  9. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    USA
    Hugh, how much are you looking to spend? I could possibly live without mine. Mine has upgraded tube and standby switch.

    It sounds great, but I just use it as a practice amp, since I run straight to the PA live.
     

  10. Hugh

    Hugh Needs Mo Motown Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 26, 2009
    Louisville (KY)
    I'm wanting the later head version w/the black board and the tranny's with these stickers

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  11. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper Strat-Talker

    185
    Jan 1, 2012
    Semass
    I want one to mutilate into a reverb tank...
    *sniffs around*
     

  12. Pappy

    Pappy Strat-Talk Member

    I picked up a used Epi VJR head and had it modded by Twang over on the MLPF that I play through a closed back 1X12 cab loaded w/ a 12" 15 watt Weber Blue Dog. Stock innards in the head were totally replaced with a custom hand wired board running an EL-34 power tube and an upgraded OT.
    It has a Tone knob and a gain knob, Both very usable. For ~$200 I have killer, gig worthy rig. Sounds so good!
     

  13. LeftyBlake

    LeftyBlake Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 25, 2009
    The Evergreen State
    Did Twang do all the work on it? He's a great guy who has helped me out in the past.
     

  14. tommytele

    tommytele Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 14, 2009
    Mill Valley, CA
    Epi Jr

    Rockin little amp with a pine and fir cab i slapped together...this is before i did the Bitmo mod
     

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  15. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    USA
    I noticed on one of the demos on youtube, and on mine, once you turn up past halfway or so, it gets pretty noisy, hum-wise. from the amp, not the guitar.

    Anybody else get that?
     

  16. tommytele

    tommytele Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 14, 2009
    Mill Valley, CA
    i would imagine you have already changed out the preamp tube right?
     

  17. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    USA
    It came to me modded with an upgraded tube and a standby switch.
     

  18. tommytele

    tommytele Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 14, 2009
    Mill Valley, CA
    when ever my Super Reverb acts up noisewise it seems to always be a preamp tube either faulty or loose...as far as my Epi goes i dont have the noise problem that yours has so that is why i asked
     

  19. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    USA
    I have the combo version, and on the demo of it I saw on youtube, it had the exact same problem. Might just be an issue with that model. Not ultra important, as you can get more volume than necessary from under halfway up.
     

  20. Commodore 64

    Commodore 64 Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 19, 2010
    Kent, OH
    I just gutted a V2 combo, Hugh. I have the trannies, I'll check the numbers. Mine now hosts a modified 5E3 circuit.

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