Why is it so hard to buy a RedBear?

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  1. Hulakatt

    Hulakatt Supporting Member

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    In the past few months I've purchased and paid for 2 RedBear MK60 heads, 1 through eBay and 1 through Reverb. Both sellers flaked out a few days after the sale and refunded my money. Neither gave any reason or anything but I suspect they wished they had sold for more. The Reverb dude kinda pissed me off because I made him and offer and he agreed to it. Why agree and then flake?

    Just pissed and venting a bit. I've been looking for a decent deal on one of these heads for almost a year, they just don't pop up that often and prices can vary kinda wildly.
     
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  2. highrise

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    I'd take it as a sign.
     
  3. Geeze

    Geeze Silver Supporting Member

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    Times like this I wish there was a 'Choke the living sh*t out of him until he sees reason!' button on the phone / computer. There'd be lots less of this BS behavior.

    Keep trying - you've been such good boy this year!

    Russ
     
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    Not sure why you want a RB...but there are LOTS of great amps out there that are not Soviet Union relics...
     
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    I saw that Redbear on Reverb. He dropped the price to $300, I was tempted to buy it at that. Did you get him any lower?? I could see why he might have regrets.
     
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    and I've played a lot of great amps too but I just like what the RB has to offer. I wouldn't mind a JCM800 either and I may end up building a 1987 Lead spec but the RB's typically come cheaper than what I could buy the parts for to build a Marshall clone. The Reverb seller agreed to sell it to me for approx. $300 shipped before he flaked out.
     
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    Don't they use a bunch of hard to find tubes?

    There's plenty of Sovteks around if you absolutely have to play an amp that smells of cabbage. ;)
     
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    Hmm...if interested in JCM800 type amp, an old Peavey VTM might be up your alley...surely more solid build...
     
  9. Hulakatt

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    The tubes are certainly not common but not hard to find in abundant supply for cheap. I've owned Sovteks, the RedBear is a different beast. Throwing them in the same bin is like throwing Peavey and Gibson in the same bin because they are (were) both made in the US.
     
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    Took a bit but I finally have a MK60 on it's way to me! Only took 5 years of hunting. Of course I'll have to rip the carpet off and have some fun with the wood...
     
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    Pics please!

    Russ
     
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    I will when it shows up and more pics as I "fix" the shell of course!
     
  13. big mike

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    They were good Amps
    Especially if you rewire the sockets for 12ax7
     
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    I had one of those....pretty much based on a JCM 800 as I recall. That or a VTM for the price will get ya close. Enjoy!
     
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    I've read that changing to a 12ax7 type does change the character of the amp but that (unsurprisingly) Sovtek 12ax7's generally sound the best in the Redbears.
     
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    Those goofy preamp tubes (6n2p?) have scared me away, but I've always wanted a Red Bear head. Matt Talbott of HUM used one way back when, and I've always loved that band. I hope you enjoy yours!
     
  17. Laurence

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    While on vacation earlier this month I saw a 120w in good shape for very cheap in a West Virginia pawn shop (Morgantown). I asked the owner if he did internet sales, and got 'nope'. I advised him these things where beginning to draw a cult folowing and the prices have gone up and he should check it out.

    I don't need a 120w Red Bear; we were knife shopping.
     
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    Ok, it's been in my house for a month or so and I've been able to wind it up a few times so far and it's pretty awesome. There's a good amount of gain on top, a lot of volume available, plenty of high end sizzle and a huge bottom end :D. The cleans are monstrous and rich but that dirt is just so good! Hard choices and 1st world problems abound!

    There is a noticeable amount of hiss at moderate volumes and, while I haven't checked out if it's the stock tubes or if it's been converted to the 12ax7's, I suspect from the noise that it has been converted. If not, it needs, and will get, some love.
     

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