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What are the best cheaper tube amps to practice mods on

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by Frank Prince, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. Frank Prince

    Frank Prince Member

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    without destroying vintage values?

    Any ideas?

    I have an old Fender Bronco, but I don't want to devalue it by swapping a bunch of parts in and out.
     
  2. Enzo

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    In my view old Traynor amps are great to fool with. They are sturdy, and there is plenty of room inside them
     
  3. Euthymia

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    I'd go for the Epiphone Valve Junior. $110 out the door at Guitar Center, and you can start with these mods:

    http://www.euthymia.org/DIY/VJMods.html

    Comes with a pretty good speaker, nice enough cabinet, and lots of room in the chassis.
     
  4. Wakarusa

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    Old PA amps are usually good for this. Too, occasionally you can dumpster dive (or find on FleaBay) tube audio amps from old tape recorders and film projectors that have decent iron and very low intrinsic value. Be wary of anything where the tube complement includes tubes starting with big numbers (like 35 or 50 followed by some alphabet soup) as many will need an isolation transformer to use safely.
     
  5. Richard Guy

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    Sorry for the spam reply, but why not try the Gilmore Jr Kit? Very mod friendly and inexpensive.

    Best regards,

    Rich

    www.guytronix.com
     

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