View Full Version : Vvt lindy fralin model...chime in
02-23-2011, 10:30 PM
Anyone have an experienced opinion on this amp. Any comparison to a BF Fender Deluxe Reverb???
02-24-2011, 04:43 AM
Here is a link to a bit of discussion about this amp.
I have compared mine extensively to my Deluxe Reverbs, one of which is in a 1 x 15 cab with the exact same speaker as the VVT LF - 15" Eminence Legend.
To summarize, the LF can sound very much like a Deluxe, but has a far wider tonal range available. It can go into tweed tones and vibroverb tones (and more) the Deluxe can't get to. Also, the reverb is different. I can't describe the difference well, they both have really good reverb, just not as dramatic on the VVT.
02-24-2011, 05:20 AM
With 6L6 power tubes, the LF amp has quite a bit more horsepower than a Deluxe Reverb. The 15" speaker and greater wattage of the LF means the amp is capable of producing more/deeper sounding bass. The bright switch voicing on the LF is about the nicest I've come across, tons of chime, but the built in "beam blocker" means you can use the bright switch without the associated laser beam of highs right in front of the amp.
My amp is a little over a year old, and with the speaker nicely broken in and a bit of experimentation with the V1 tube, the amp sounds fantastic. It has a great BF Fender-inspired tonality but it breaks up in a more pleasing way, I think in part because it is cathode biased.
I like the 1x15 combo so much that I just had Jim build me another one in head/cab configuration with slightly larger trannies for more oomph. Should be shipping any day now:
02-24-2011, 04:22 PM
Should have added the disclaimer - I have a VVT Lindy Fralin for sale in the Emporium.
However, not selling because I don't like it or it's not a great amp. Bought mine used, without a clue if I would like it. Now must get a new one!
02-24-2011, 06:30 PM
Now must get a new one!
The new ones have a slightly beefier power transformer, which Jim says makes the amp sound even better at higher volumes.
02-24-2011, 07:47 PM
What Jim says, goes. I wouldn't be surprised if it sounds better at any volume.
02-25-2011, 08:06 AM
Thanks guys for your help!!!
02-25-2011, 08:18 AM
What's the verdict on this amp played at lower volumes? Is it overkill for the home/occasional jam player? How does it react with pedals at lower volumes. I just sold a '69 Pro Reverb as it had just a bit too much "omph" for my needs.
02-25-2011, 08:50 AM
...This amp excels at low volume! Big, fat, full with single coils or humbuckers. My volume knob was between 2.5 and 3.5 most of the time. This was for a blues/R&B/rock/fusion gig with a pedal board plugged into the input jack. The bass player remarked that it was the best sounding amp that Fender never made...
I help test amps for VVT and did some of the demos for the amp.
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