NAD '68 Bandmaster

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  1. telewacker

    telewacker Member

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    Great CL score. $550. Black line drip edge all original except new Sprague filter caps and three prong cord. Old glass. Clean! Head sounds great, Utah speakers are meh but I think the cab itself is gonna sound great with Jupiters.

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  2. damian1

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    Very nice. That's a great price! Looks like rca's in the preamp. Bet it sounds sweet, congrats
     
  3. telewacker

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    RCAs and one GE. Are the power tubes GEs? They're 6L6GCs branded Baldwin.
     
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    Very cool! Join the Bandmaster club (I have a '64). Very neat amps.
     
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    Great amp... Looks exactly like my first good amp in high school. I now spend most of my time playing through a '65 1x12 jbl.
     
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    Great score! Congrats! Bandmasters are great amps!
     
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    Same here. Great find! Looks insanely clean. Congrats!
     
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    I have a 63! I love a good Bandmaster
     
  11. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    I had a '68 Bandmaster identical to that one back in '04. Just the head.
    Shouldn't have sold it, but it was a bit on the noisy side.
     
  12. telewacker

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    It stays pretty much clean with a Strat on 10 which makes for a great pedal platform amp. I've gone full circle over the years from only using amp gain to using pedals with clean amps. The Bandmaster is the perfect mid power amp for that purpose I think. It would have been a great deal even without the cab, but I'm going to see if with better speakers it isn't a really big, even sounding 2x12 as I would suspect.
     
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    You probably should have just serviced it. Mine is very quiet.
     
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    Awesome score including cab! Try different speakers. Partially open back is nice too for more bass IMO. Not 100% sure but is that orange drop style cap in the tremolo circuit original? I thought they used all mica disc caps in the vibrato circuit. Not sure.
     
  15. telewacker

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    I'm going to order some Jupiter speakers...deciding which ones. There is no lack of bass with this cab! Maybe at some point I'll cut some back panels and try it open backed.

    I don't know about that cap. Maybe someone will chime in with a definitive answer.
     
  16. jay42

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    Does it still have the brackets and knobs to connect the head to the cab?

    One thing to try is to shove a V30 or similar Celestion into the upper speaker hole and leave the lower one open, with the back closed. Don't worry about the 8 vs. 4 ohm issue for the experiment. Just don't use a 16 ohm speaker. The right NEO type speaker would help with the weight.
     
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    Yes it has the knobs and brackets. I've already ordered the Jupiters.

    I don't care about the weight. It's not an issue for me.
     
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    Here's another 68 Bandmaster gut shot. All 3 caps in tremolo circuit are mica discs. Seen just to the right of the roach. I tend to think this is stock.

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    You're probably right. I wouldn't know.
     
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    I'm not familiar with the Jupiter product line. Are they like Jensens or Oxfords?

    It's cool to find all the bracket parts, even if you don't use them. So often, they've been lost over the decades.

    I wouldn't worry about the Orange Drop replacement in the tremolo circuit. I'm sure the original died and someone fixed it with what they had.
     

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