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Fargen DRRI Rebuild - Has Anyone Done It?

Blue Strat

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I did a similar job for a customer a while back. It was A LOT of work.

I can't say for sure because I didn't test each stage of the operation for tonal improvement, but I'd bet you a beer than the MM OT made the biggest difference (tonally).
 

blackba

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For the price of the rebuild you can just sell the reissue and get a silverface and probably be money ahead.

I agree with Mike, I bet the OT transformer probably would make the biggest difference of the changes....
 

67super

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For the price of the rebuild you can just sell the reissue and get a silverface and probably be money ahead.
+1

I picked up an early 68 DR a few months back for well under a grand. The 68's are completely BF inside.
 

Wayne

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I did a similar job for a customer a while back. It was A LOT of work.

I can't say for sure because I didn't test each stage of the operation for tonal improvement, but I'd bet you a beer than the MM OT made the biggest difference (tonally).
The MM output transformer makes a huge difference. We used it in the Deluxe Reverb reissue rebuild MikeyMann Amplification did for me about 3 years ago (see tag line). There's a section on my website particular to Mercury Magnetics and their iron for a DR.

Wayne
 

dynac0mp

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Wow... I really like the DRRI, but I can tell that it has a greater potenial. I'm considering doing this. Asking Fargen about some of the details and will update this forum if I do it.
 

packermann

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Dynac0mp,

I took the plunge and had Ben do this to my DRRI. The biggest difference is that it gave the DRRI much more sustain even at lower volume levels. I haven't had a chance to push the new configuration past 5 on the volume yet. I think this is where any DRRI really begins to shine. Overall, I am very pleased with the mods Ben did.
 

Wayne

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I did a similar job for a customer a while back. It was A LOT of work.

I can't say for sure because I didn't test each stage of the operation for tonal improvement, but I'd bet you a beer than the MM OT made the biggest difference (tonally).
+1 for the Mercury Magnetics Output Transformer
 

tonefreak

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I'm having my DRRI gutted and rebuilt with new board and components including the MM. I'm keeping the cab and the rest of the stuff. A local builder is doing this for me.
 

NTBluesGuitar

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I've got a local guy having me rebuild his DRRI as well here soon. I also recommended the MM OT upgrade.

BTW, Wayne, I've read your article on the DRRI rebuld a bunch of times. Lots of great information in there.
 

Wayne

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I've got a local guy having me rebuild his DRRI as well here soon. I also recommended the MM OT upgrade.

BTW, Wayne, I've read your article on the DRRI rebuld a bunch of times. Lots of great information in there.
Great. Glad you enjoyed it!
 

dynac0mp

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I'm actually thinking to get David Allen to build me a new Accomplice 1x12 combo. They are just the right amount of what I need from the DRRI and nothing I don't need. Anybody had good luck with that one?
 

Wayne

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I'm actually thinking to get David Allen to build me a new Accomplice 1x12 combo. They are just the right amount of what I need from the DRRI and nothing I don't need. Anybody had good luck with that one?
Not the Accomplice, but I'd bought a new 2 x 10 Old Flame head and cab from David Allen. It was a very fine amp.
 

Blueser

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Between spending $700 for a used DRRI, and another $1200 for the mods, you could have a Carr Rambler, which IMO is a better amp than Fargen's Blackbird, so I would think it will be better than a modded DRRI. That's where I'd put my money if I were looking in this space.
 

Blues-rocker

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A couple of other options for the hand-wiring of the DRRI are Stu-Daddy amps and Torres Engineering. The page at Stu-Daddy amps on the hand-wiring is at the following link:

http://www.stu-daddyamps.com/servlet/Categories?category=Reissue+Makeovers

and the Torres Page:

http://torresengineering.com/reisfenamppo.html


You'll notice that at the moment, Stu-Daddy offers theirs for $1000 and Torres offers theirs for $495, but I don't think Stu-Daddy does quite all the things listed in the Fargen description, and you'll notice that the price on the Torres does not include transformers, though they can add transformers (and new tubes for that matter) if you want.
 

theanalogdream

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I got the accomplice, and I'm very happy with it.
It's great for large and small venues and if it is too quite (never...) I mic it all the time anyways so you could just pump it through the monitor for a little "more"
The Master Volume knob is very handy, gets you the nice "opened up" sound at most volumes, I don't use the raw but it will make it pretty hairy!
 




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