DRRI - 2nd time around

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  1. Mojoworkin

    Mojoworkin Supporting Member

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    Hi All,

    I just acquired a DRRI last weekend. My 2nd time around. What a great amp! FYI - I've had a pretty fair number of boutiques over the last 8-10 years, so I know what a quality tone is. Circumstances had dictated some recent amp changes, and I ended up finding an outstanding deal on a 2-3 y.o. DRRI.

    It sounded really excellent as it was, but I retubed it using mostly JJs, with NOS glass in the 2 12AT7 positions - V3 and V6. This amp really exceeds what my expectations were! Also, I primarily use a '57 reissue Strat with Van Zandt True Vintage PUPs. I really like this amp!

    Just thought that I would share. Thanks for listening (reading).
     
  2. Gridlock

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    Congrats on your new amp.

    Guess DR's are habit forming because I just bought my third SF Deluxe Reverb yesterday.

    Enjoy.
     
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  3. keithb7

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    I just found and bought a 2012 DRRI. The red wine tolex one. Worked out to about $360 US Funds. I also own a 1966 original Deluxe Reverb. The RI is quite good against it actually. They are decent amps. Gutted the RI to service the pots and found it was easy to work on too.
     
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    I have that same red wine tolex DRRI and I thought I got a good deal at about twice what you paid. You got a hell of a deal.
     
  5. JPIndustrie

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    sometimes those amps are home...

    I've been flirting with a Marshall or Marshall-based amp but sometimes a DRRI + really good dirt pedals is a tough (and VERY LIGHT!) gigging combo to beat...
     
  6. candid_x

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    There are times I still miss mine and thought of getting another several times.
     
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    TheWayfarer84 Silver Supporting Member

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    Congrats. I almost traded my '80 Princeton Reverb for one of those wine red Deluxes with an alnico something in it. Last minute, a great deal on a '73 deluxe reverb came up so I bought that and sold the PR instead. Did a little cap service, dropped in a 12F150 and couldn't be happier. I did play a RI as a benchmark to see if I wanted to trade up from the PR. Love princetons but a deluxe is just where it's at.
     
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    Do you have the bright cap clipped/bright switch? I don't have a DRRI, but have a VS22SC AB763, my bright switch is always on to tame those shrill highs, I don't think I could own the amp without it.
     
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    Nice amps. I've owned two over the years and was very happy with both of them. The last one was a 1st year blonde\wheat that I only sold after buying a 64.
     
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    I've always wondered why the modern Fender stuff gets such a bad rap here...I've owned a sh!t ton of amps but never had a problem with a Fender. And they always sound great. And they are cheap. And hold their value well.
     
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  11. superdave2001

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    :eek: killer deal
     
  12. candid_x

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    Interesting to hear your comparison. Typically, the DR guys shite all over the DRRI.

    No kidding. Would be all over that.
     
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    I passed it along to a deserving up comming player. He's learning guitar so I let him have it for my cost. He's doing well and working hard at guitar. I still have my '66 DR so I can't complain.
     
  14. Mojoworkin

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    No mods. Amp is completely stock. Sounds good at 3, but really comes alive at 4-5.
     
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    '65 or '68 Reissue?
     
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    Fun amps... and for future reference... if/when you hear an annoying crackle or volume dropout starting, before even checking the tubes, check the stock speaker cable for a short. On the RI, they're pretty light duty and you'll completely overlook it during your cap/tube/pots diagnosis...
     
  17. Mojoworkin

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    '65 Reissue.
     
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    Funny you should say that. I looked at that cable a number of days ago and it looked a little, as you say, light gauge. I ordered a much better one, and should be receiving it today.
     
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    Great amp. I've had 2 DRRI's, a SF, and a 68 custom. Quality sound with all.
     
  20. Soothsayer

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    DRRI is one of my fav amps, great consistent tone.
     

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