Flea Market, Yard Sale, Pawnshop And Local Finds 2019

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  1. Brad

    Brad Well-Known Member

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    Bontempi Master X 301, an 80s Italian version of a Casio. Cheesey but cool presets and beats. I'm getting a lot of song ideas from this thing. 25 bucks from Facebook Market.

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    Cool Magnatone 410, should be very close if you just want to wire it as a guitar amp.
     
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    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    What do you guys think, Dimarzio or Seymour Duncan? Only joking, i didn't buy it. I have no idea what it even is. I should have asked a price, i was afraid to, cause it would have came home with me. There was another seller with a old old Gibson mandolin but the kid wanted $500.

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    Visited the medical quack test equipment guy, he had more junk, i picked out 3 small things, he said take this and this and this and that for the same $30, so i did. Tektronix scope, some handmade stuff, temp controller?, loaded with op amps 8 pin lf356 and tl074 14 pin., knobs, many many small toggles, which always come in handy. And a old Textronix low level pre-amplifier with Telefunken 12ax7 and pair of Tele 12au7, switchable from gain of 100 to gain of 1000, should make a nice one of a kind guitar front end preamp.


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    Nice sitar.
    $500 for a Gibson mandolin is cheap. Some of them go for around $10,000.
    Or, something like that. They're proud of their mandolins.
     
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    Yea, skipping the mando may have been passing on the deal of the century.
     
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    Love old silvertone. Does it work?
     
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    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I'll see if the mandolin is there next weekend. I did find a decent webpage which tells you how to date them.
     
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    The harmonium organ works but the chord part needs attention. I haven't tried powering up the tube amp portion yet, even though I suppose I could through my lightbulb current limiter. But with seeing the age of the electrolytics, I'm just going to replace them first along with other common sense changes: 3 prong chord, and fuse, etc. I've been more busy reading various schematics to see where this is all going. First is to make it work like it exists with minor updates. Second is the Magnatone 410 circuit adaptation(creatively to preserve the current circuit also). In fact these two circuits are extremely close to one another so it shouldn't be too hard. I feel like the fender vibro-champ circuit is a large enough difference (particularly how vibrato is generated), that such a conversion would involve starting fresh. The Magnatone vibrato is kind of unique so it bares trying first. And if it doesn't blow my socks off then we will see.

    @mozz FWIW I was reading around more and found the thread where the schematic you posted was from. DiyAudio. There were definitely errors on it and the OP worked through it later on. I printed it out so I can edit it where necessary too.

    Also the magnatone connection appears to be that in the late 50s very early 60s, silvertone had a business relationship with Estey electronics and Estey later merged with Magnatone in the early 60s. So this design predating the Magnatone 410 makes a lot of sense. Dont quote me for truth though. but if it's on the interwebs, then it must be

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    Just saw on Squier-talk where a member picked up a $20 beater Tele that may be an early 50's Fender Tele....try and beat that deal.
     
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    Definitely need a link on that one!

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    Found this Gibson "The Gold" amp at a yard sale on Saturday. I think it is a GTS70 model and appears to be a Gibson early foray into the hybrid market with two 12AX7 tubes in the preamp. Looks like the original 12" Gibson speaker has been replaced.

    It definitely doesn't look too great, but for $25, it's really loud and sounds pretty damn good! Maybe I'll take my first stab at replacing tolex and grill-cloth?

    Matt

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    I never pass things like that by without a hard look, especially the oddballs. I've found some of my most fun sounds and tones from running junk like that through guitar pedals.
     
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    I found it! Over at TDPRI. As for authenticity I agree with many others. This looks legit. $20 just turned into 20k with some careful research and light restoration. Besides $20 is just silly. I would buy a squire that looked like that and still felt like it was a steal. That is crazy good luck https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?ur...share_tid=942259&share_fid=78013&share_type=t

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    Ooops...my bad. It was a TDPRI thread...not Squier-Talk. Thanks for updating the thread!
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Find one formerly owned by Bill Monroe and you'll be approaching seven figures BEFORE the decimal point! :)
     
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    Sorry, I can't reply to your post. My heart attack was fatal.
    Please leave a message at the tone. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.
     
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