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    The footswitch for mine is a channel switcher.
    Had a multieffect pedal board, but it got unmanageable.
    Colored the sound, and got squawky.
    I just use a TS9, everything else is the amp or the gtr.

    Love my tube gear, but remember when the 'new thing' came out.
    You know.........transistors..............
    Everybody wanted to get rid of their old stuff
    to get those newfangled jobs that came on instantly.

    I use tube preamps for bass, but never again with all-tube bass rigs.
    Used to cost me a freakin' fortune keeping 2 amps operational OTR.
    and that was when tubes were relatively cheap.


    My family says I sound like I have a cold.
    The Doc said it will take anywhere from a month or two,
    to as long as a year to fully recover my voice

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonicbruise View Post
    My Crates are from the Vintage Club series.
    Power sections have EL84s.
    Added a cooling fan, and did some internal mods.
    Not the latest, not the greatest, no name-brand bragging rights,
    but they work for me.
    Here's a few things i've read on the net about the Vintage Club Series. Maybe you could comment? Obviously the "Made in St. Louis" are the ones to get. But supposably the 2nd generation amps with the Black tolex have a heaver PCB that's not as prone to cracking or warping-important since they run hot. And people talk about lowering the first gain stage with a 5751/12AT7 to get a more useable sweep on the volume knob...doesn't break up as quick.

    What internal mods?

    And one more thing 'Bruise...since you're a TS-9 fan, have you ever heard one with the Keeley mod? I had one and sent it to Oklahoma for him to tweak-got the cheapest $50 mod. I liked it before but when it came back i loved it...warmer, more natural sounding, more touch sensitive...amazing.

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    Yup, heard good stuff about Keely.
    There's another guy who does similar stuff,
    including a KWS mod, which beefs up the chassis and the switch.

    Tried the 12AT7 route, didn't like the output paycut.
    I'm up with guys who use 6L6s,and my 4 EL88s have to keep up.
    Marketing said the VC50 does 50w.
    I'm thinking it's closer to 35 watts or so.
    Possibly after I....ah...accumulate some more amps,
    I can dedicate one for that tube mod. Probably the VC20
    I went with blond, because my VC20 is blond,
    and so is the Fender 2-12 cab I use.

    Far as amp mods, I'd have to pull out the schematics to tell ya exactly.
    (A lifetime of dissipation has left me with CRS)
    I did use a lot of the same sites you were commenting on.
    For the VC50, IMO the clean channeled needed little,
    they're known for their great sound.
    Think I clipped a cap.

    Replaced the OT,
    put in JJs for the tubes, some NOS 12AX7s
    I'm told that replacing the 12AXs with 12AUs work well,
    but it's a less linear response.
    Had to replace a couple jacks, the originals are not known for being sturdy.
    The best mod I did was to simply add a fan, which I put on the back
    (Don't want the infamous black ring forming on the front.)
    I'm still toying with ideas about what to do with the gain channel.



    On my VC20, had some more stuff done.
    Came from a tech in FL, who'd added a switch for more grind,
    replaced the OT,
    and put in something besides that POS speaker they came with.
    I replaced the tubes with JJs, and the pre tubes w/ NOS 12AX7s.
    For a little fella it screams.
    Usually use it with a 12" sealed cab, loaded w/ Vint30

    It didn't improve the sound at all, but I did take off the nameplates.
    Cuts down on the derision.
    Now I say "Yeah man they're designed by Obeid Khan"
    "Sounds great, Dude....."

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    I believe that on a relative gain scale with the 12ax7 being 100 the 12at7 is a 60 whereas the 5751 is a 70. So the 5751 gets you closer to where you're used to being. For me it meant the amp would break up later on the dial.

    And you must be right about the clean sound...i remember Knopfler used to endorse the blond 50.

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    Yeah, just go on. If it gets worse, see a doctor.

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    Sounds to me like you need some rest. Total rest - no talking. Then come back at it after a week or so with light warm ups in the middle of your range. Then, work the higher and lower parts of you rage GENTLY. I'm guessing 2-3 weeks for full rehab. Maybe longer. I've seen some really good singers go down for the count with vocal nodes... it's nothing to play around with.

 

 

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