Fender deluxe reverb filter caps?

echo44

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Hi
I have a 1965 pristine blackface DR everything is totally
original. I have built my own amp kits and probably would have
no trouble replacing the caps.
Will this decrease the value? What are the best sounding caps to use
as replacements? Are there any super high end caps?
Or should I go with the if it aint broken leave it philosophy?
 

TweeDLX

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If you plan to play it, change the filter caps (if they're the originals). The smaller Cathode bypass and bias (use at least a 50V here) electrolytics should probably be changed as well. The coupling and tone caps should be left as is, unless you don't like how they sound. If that's the case, send them to me. :D
 

WaltC

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to a die hard collector (and there are a few of them <g>), changing anything will affect the value. That said, if you plan to play (which very few die hard collector's do) the amp, then what TweeDLX said is the gospel.
 

Gene

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Hi
I have a 1965 pristine blackface DR everything is totally
original. I have built my own amp kits and probably would have
no trouble replacing the caps.
Will this decrease the value? What are the best sounding caps to use
as replacements? Are there any super high end caps?
Or should I go with the if it aint broken leave it philosophy?
Well, I was in market for a vintage amp recently and came across a amp that looked to have the original power caps. According to the seller, the caps are new but he had the tech take the paper off the old caps and neatly glue it around the new caps. You had to really look to see that this was indeed the case.
 

smolder

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Well, I was in market for a vintage amp recently and came across a amp that looked to have the original power caps. According to the seller, the caps are new but he had the tech take the paper off the old caps and neatly glue it around the new caps. You had to really look to see that this was indeed the case.
I've heard of that being done. Some folks have more time and/or money than common sense.
 

TweeDLX

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My take is that the real value of those old Blackface amps is in the sound. Kind of silly to have an amp you don't play because the filter caps are 40+ years old.
 

RussB

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But back to the question, Sprague Atoms just look "proper" in a doghouse. They are fine caps and I'll wager that your DR will sound better after you replace the electrolytics.

F&T makes a nice two-section 25+25 cap that replaces the three pairs on a Fender Circuit board...looks kinda like this (this is a 33+33)

 

wizard333

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No, it wont hurt the value. Change the dog house caps, the cathode bypass caps, and dont forget the bias filter cap (also remember that one goes in "backwards": positive to ground).
 

parkhead

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A dead mint amp might sell for more but is a real tough sell especially once the amp starts acting up

A great sounding serviced working "example" of an old amp always sells faster and brings more money that a neglected mint amp, or neglected dog

I once had a vintage strat with the original strings on it ... I sold it and got one I could play

If you can't play them they will become our grandchildrens landfill

p
 

brad347

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I do not understand saving the old caps, and any perceived collector value they could have
I don't understand why someone would pay hundreds of thousands for a baseball card, either. I don't understand why anyone would want to collect postage stamps, or frankly, even why someone would buy used Jimi Hendrix guitar strings at auction, either.

But the fact of the matter is, logic notwithstanding, all of these things DO have monetary value (sometimes a lot!) and someone, somewhere, is willing to pay for them. Intrinsic value? Not so much. Our species is weird sometimes. C'est la vie.
 




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