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I Need A Fender Blues Deville 410 Repaired/Modified...

jrockbridge

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I have an early 90's (? 94 ?) Blues Deville 410. It's a two channel amp, made in the USA. I've only used it as a 410 cab the last couple of years.

The overdrive channel is terrible but I don't really care about it. I don't use the crunch channel. I'd like to get the clean channel sounding better. Also, the reverb is dark and murky sounding but I don't care about the reverb. I have a VanAmps Solemate reverb that sounds great through the amp, so the reverb can stay dark and murky, since I don't use it.

I'd like to send off just the amp section to somebody and pay to have the clean channel modified. Who has a good reputation for modifying Fender amps?

Please, don't suggest paying somebody $1000 to rebuild the amp. The amp isn't even worth a $1000. If I wanted an new amp built, I'd start from scratch. My ceiling is about $500 and even then I'd have to debate whether it's worth putting that much into an amp that sells as a reissue for $1050.

I've noticed a business called Omega amps that seems to have experience modifying and repairing Fender amps. Also, I noticed a place called Andrews Amp Lab which seems to specialize in Fender amp repair and mods. Has anybody had any experience with these shops?
 

wrxplayer

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Blackie Pagano has tons of experience w/ blackface amps and, more importantly, has a reasable hourly rate and is very up front on time estimates. (not to say others aren't but certainty is important when dealing with these things)

http://www.blackiepagano.com/
 

scelerat

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In what way do you want the amp modified? It could be you'd do better by selling it and putting the cash towards something else. Especially if you're willing to put in $500.

Ie you can probably sell it for $4-600; add your $500 and $900-$1100 can buy a variety of amps way nicer than the blues deville.

( not that there's anything wrong with it -- I had a hot rod deville that was great, but there are amps out there that do the same kind of thing but better )
 

jrockbridge

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In what way do you want the amp modified? It could be you'd do better by selling it and putting the cash towards something else. Especially if you're willing to put in $500.

Ie you can probably sell it for $4-600; add your $500 and $900-$1100 can buy a variety of amps way nicer than the blues deville.

( not that there's anything wrong with it -- I had a hot rod deville that was great, but there are amps out there that do the same kind of thing but better )
I appreciate the advice but I'm NOT looking to sell this amp. I don't want it to sound like a Vox, modified Marhsall or even a DR. I just want it tweaked a bit. I own multiple amps and I want to get this one back into shape. I've always gotten compliments on the way this amp sounds. I know how to tweak it and I like the greasy sound. Like I said above, if the cost was $500, I'd really have to debate whether the mod was worth it to me.

After reading the posts by people who've gotten the Omega Deluxe and Deville mods and listening to the clips, I believe that is what I want. The modded amps have much of the same character as the stock amps but they sound sweeter somehow. $250 + shipping seems fair.

I think I paid $699 for mine new....(+ $250 for mod + $50 shipping costs) = $999.....which doesn't seem crazy considering the reissue sells for $1050.
 






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