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NAD!! 1973 Pro Reverb

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by slide5, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. slide5

    slide5 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Sep 1, 2010
    UK
    I've just got myself a 1973 silver face Pro Reverb. Wow this thing sounds incredible! I'd never played through one of these previously but I much prefer it over my 65 DRRI, it just sounds warmer, fuller (no doubt down to the two 12" speakers) and the highs are much softer and warmer than the deluxe, which I find can sound a little harsh at times. I've got nothing against the deluxe it's a great amp but this is my firm favourite now, even over my '59 Bassman ri.

    I thought that 40 watts was going to be way too much for home use but actually volume wise it isn't much different from the deluxe, it breaks up slightly later but sounds amazing clean (and driven!), even at volume 3.

    What I noticed most though, was not just the tone but the 'feel', it's just softer feeling and spongier if that makes sense, maybe more sag I don't know but I just play and sound better through it.

    Here's a couple of pics....

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  2. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    58
    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
  3. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    That looks just like mine. I am going to go check the closet right now.
     
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  4. slide5

    slide5 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Sep 1, 2010
    UK
    :sneaky::whistling:
     
  5. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Nice, congrats.!
     
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  6. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    I just looked at the schematic. Man, it's not very different from a Vibrolux. I bet the 12" speakers make more difference than the circuit differences.

    Happy NAD!
     
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  7. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2018
    Tacoma in two weeks
    Congrats HNAD!
     
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  8. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 3, 2016
    Houston, TX
    Very cool! Congrats!
     
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  9. roadhog96

    roadhog96 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    67
    370
    Oct 11, 2017
    CT
    I noticed the same thing. I like my 67 SFDR but my 67SF PRO Reverb and 68 BMR sound so much fuller, warmer and just more musical all around. The DR sounds much thinner, brittle and harsher to me to. I had read before that the difference was basically because of the 6L6GC vs. the 6V6GT tubes. Even playing the DR through 2 X 12 cab cannot come close to the other two amps. Congradulations on your new amp, you got to luv these old Fender, I know I do.

    What speakers do you have in it?
     
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  10. Achyskic

    Achyskic Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 19, 2013
    Ohio
    Congrats, I much prefer my 68 twin with Factory blackface circuit over my 65 DRRI.
     
  11. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    57
    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
    HNAD, congrats.
     
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  12. Stratbats

    Stratbats Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    53
    654
    Feb 16, 2018
    WV
    Oh yeah!
     
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  13. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    Oh damn...
    that looks much like the one I let go. or rather, the one I kick myself for letting go.

    I hope that you and your new friend have many wonderful years together...and a word of caution:

    sometime in the future some new pretty little thing will catch your eye and you'll think... "yeah, I can sell my Pro and it'll be good...!"

    No dude, it will not. One night stands do not end well...don't let a pretty young face turn your head like I did.

    And...now for a piece of unsolicited guidance...

    If you ever want to remove those dents caused by some idiot with a screwdriver trying to get the grill/speaker board in or out...

    remove all the knobs, switches, pilot light, plugs and screws...then the panel will be free to remove...and you can sandwich it between a couple of pieces of wood and bang on them with a hammer.

    That will flatten the dents without further damage. But...don't try to straighten the dents with a screwdriver. That's how they got there to start.
     
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  14. slide5

    slide5 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Sep 1, 2010
    UK
    Thanks! Yep I plan on keeping hold of this one for sure, i too have made some sales that I have lived to regret so determined not to add this to the list!

    Thanks for the advice re the dents, will bear that in mind :)
     
  15. slide5

    slide5 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Sep 1, 2010
    UK
    Thanks roadhog, glad you've had the same experience then. Yes definitely noticed a thinness and harsh sound from the DRRI, I didn't notice it so much until I played this Pro though! Now then I a/b them it's so obvious.

    Yes can't beat old fenders like these, maybe a bit more risk (and expense) but boy is it worth it.

    It has Celestion A type speakers, I wasn't sure what to expect with these but they sound amazing, I'm tempted to try them in my Bassman
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2019
  16. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Strat-O-Master

    Great rig right there! Now you’ve made me very curious about the pro, although I suspect that my Tremolux ain’t all that different… At first occasion I’ll try one out!
     
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  17. slide5

    slide5 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Sep 1, 2010
    UK
    Thanks Radio. I've never played the Tremolux so can't really say how it compares. I think all these type of amps - Pro, Vibrolux, Super, Twin etc do sound very alike. Would like to try a Tremolux some time.
     
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  18. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Strat-O-Master

    The bastard is clean up to 10 (as advertised!) but it sounds wonderful … ultimate blackface tone.
     
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  19. slide5

    slide5 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Sep 1, 2010
    UK
    Wow, lots of clean headroom then!! Sounds great
     
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  20. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 3, 2016
    Houston, TX
    I’ve never tried an A Type, but I did pick up a couple of V Types (with my Bassbreaker 15 and ext cab) and even though I’m not normally a huge Celestion fan, and tend to prefer Eminence, and their more American voiced speakers, but the V Types sound really good, especially for dirt.

    Anyway, if the A Type is as good the V Type (I would have reversed the confusing names myself) you have a good speaker. I’d sure like to hear them. If you do swap them it would be great if would record some clips and post them for us musical voyeurs! ;)