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New amp today. I think I really got a steal on this vintage beauty

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Shockmaster, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Looks really cool, great find. Anybody, why is it called a PA?
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice find. I bet it's great as a bass amp.
     
  3. mikej89

    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    I think you win the find of the century! Could you imagine how much it would cost to buy a reproduction of that today? Probably like 3 grand handwired in the USA. Is the cab real pine?
     
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  4. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster

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    Wow, that is a steal.
    Congrats, nice find.

    Life is good,
    Robin
     
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  5. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Great deal! I have a PA-100 and it's a killer amp. Works great with bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and keyboards. And it gets LOUD!
     
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  6. Shockmaster

    Shockmaster Strat-Talk Member Silver Member

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    Awesome! I need a good versatile amp.
     
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    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice , really brings the kitchen to life!!!
     
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  8. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    Because it's a 4 channel tube powered 100 watt PA amp head pretty much like we used in the late '60 and early '70s.

    Each channel has two inputs, volume, treble, and bass. To the far right are the controls for master volume and reverb.

    In the late '60s our band had a red sparkle tuck and roll Kustom PA that had a very similar amp head with dual 2x15 cabs.

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  9. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Yep.
    Public Address
    It's the same as the current Passport series, but designed for a time when you "run what ya' brung" and didn't have a house system to plug in to.

    Today, you could walk in with your guitar and a '57 Champ and fill a stadium. In the 60s, you needed to unload a kilowatt from your van.
     
  10. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I remember at one point our PA speakers were these two big horn, they were Atlas "Big Banshees" . Good times.
     
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    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    Great find. Excellent shape. Had to go reading up on them since I've never seen or heard of one before. I also didn't see the voltage selector on any, but lot of them didn't have good pics. Many posts I read suggested putting a boost or eq pedal in front of it to get signal at a sweet spot.
     
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    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    Hmmm. If all the channels have reverb, then they should be phased the same. If so, you could jumper all the channels together and get some horrible sound that Fender never intended you to hear.
     
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  13. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    The only
    amp that I really regret getting rid of was an old Bogner Challenger 20 PA amp from the 50's that was converted for guitar. One of these days I will hopefully get another one.
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    I used to make some pretty good sized horns when I worked at Johnson Aluminum Foundry in the 80s.
     
  15. Shockmaster

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    Not if you ask my wife.
     
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  17. Doc538

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    What a great find !!! I have one and it is solid ! You can have one of the inputs modified to change the impedance to match your guitar for even better sound, pretty simple to do or have done. I modified 2 of mine and left two for mike or organ, added a switch to block 2 tube and cut output to 50 watts to save my neighbors. I have mine on a Marshal 4x12 8 ohm cab. The amp secondary is like a twin reverb however the primary is totally different as all inputs are linked together. I love mine, I have 2 old RCA and 2 newer Chinese tubes when in 50 watt mode it's the RCA's that are used, they are at least 20 years old and still perform excellent. I have never seen one of these with the voltage selector, usually there is a polarity selector. I also see that you have one that has a modified power cord. That is good keep you from getting shocked. Have fun!
     
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    Doc538 Strat-Talk Member

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    Because it is a PA amp and not a guitar amp! The came with 2 tower speakers, I think they had 4 8 or 10" speakers in in each of them, that is why it has 2 8 ohm outputs.
     
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    Doc538 Strat-Talk Member

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    I had a modded Bogen MX 30 I used during the 70's for small venues, it was clear as a bell but it could be overdriven for some nasty sounds. Loved it, lost in a fire
     
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    Where was is listed? Facebook marketplace or something? Couldn't have been on Reverb for $170. Great find, you should let the neighborhood know very soon!
     
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