Fender Twin Reverb Used vs New

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  1. Joca

    Joca Member

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    Hi guys,

    So I've decided to buy a Twin Reverb 65 RI and I need some wisdom. New these things go for around £1300 but used that price is cut by more than half!

    I wanted to know if the quality of these amps declines over the years and is it smarter to buy a used one or is it worth the extra money to get a brand new one?

    Also is there any known defects I should look out for if buying a used one is the way forward?
     
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    They are a standard in the backline rentals. A older one may need caps by now, mine did. You may have to put 200$ or so into it, the power tubes are ~100$ alone. If maintained, they are reliable amps.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. The used one I have my eye on is 10-15 years old, had one previous owner prior to the guy who's selling it. It's only been gigged with about 6 times apparently. Looks promising
     
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    10-15 years is approching re-cap time.
     
  5. Joca

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    Would this be the case even if it hadn't played an awful lot in those years?
     
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    Generally I would consider caps to need replacement around 10 years or so. If has just been sitting most of that time, maybe not. However, piece of mind is worth a lot more than a cap job.
     
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    I bought a used TRRI at my local music store.
    I played it against four other TRRI amps in the store.
    I also tried it against the 68 TRRI
    Some were new,some lightly used.
    Mine was the most used,but was less than half the price of a new one.
    It absolutely sounded the best over the others.
    Can,t explain it.
    It was all stock,but it really outshone the others.
    I grabbed it and I can say it rocks.
    New doesn't mean it will have that Twin Reverb mojo.
     
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    Exactly. I had to do caps after about 15 years on my PRRI. Youll know when you loose tone, clarity and the amp gets thin sounding which is anything but what A Twin sound like.
     
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    PRRI? Princeton Reverb reissue, introduced in 2008 or so?
     
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    Meant to say my TRRI. I also have a PRRI.
     
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    If it hasn't been played much, it's actually more likely to need a cap job than an amp that has frequent use.

    The modern Fender amps suffer from cold solder joints, and a TRRI would be very prone to this, regardless of age.

    When you test it out, listen very closely for any pops, scratches, pffts, zzts, or other weird noises. Listen closely with volume both turned up and completely off. Any background noise is a bad sign. A proper TRRI amp will be perfectly quiet at idle.
     
  12. Joca

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    Thanks for all your replies guys.

    Is recapping simple or would it be better to get someone who knows what they're doing to do it? I'm fairly new to tube amps.
     
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    Have a tech do it, if you do not have skills in electronics, the reissues are harder to work on for a novice.
     
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    There are a lot of caps in amps, when someone talks about doing a cap job, I'm guessing is mostly about the electrolytic, larger caps?
     
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    If this is the case can this be fixed by recapping or is this a different fault that can occur?
     
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    A cold joint in a TRRI is a poor/intermittent or failed contact between a component and the pc board. It can be any component; resistors, caps, diodes, ribbon connectors...
     
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    How would I detect which component was the problem and how would I then go about fixing it?
     
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    Thanks!
     

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