So This Just Happened...old Vox Content

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  1. Jofa

    Jofa Well-Known Member

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    Back story.

    I was asked to do some work for a lady at my church. She lost her husband three years ago and they were actually part of the group that started the church 25 years ago.

    She knows me because I'm one of the worship leaders and we got to talking about her husband and the church and she tells me he used to play guitar.

    So she takes me around for the different jobs that need to be done and shes like "oh, theres one of Don's amplifiers he used to play at church." I'm like "that's so cool that it has that history".

    Then she asks me if I want it.

    I'm like, oh no that's ok. I felt weird. Needless to say, she insisted and said that shes happy it will get good use.

    I dont know a lot about these other than there were a couple of iterations of this model. Tube and SS. This one it the Cambridge Reverb SS.

    Here are some pics. Came with the original footswitch.

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    Sounds awesome. Needs some TLC but everything works. Scratchy pots that may need replacement due to age. Reverb gets out of hand pretty quickly so I've only had it on 2. Tremolo is incredible.

    I did notice that digging in on a bar chord makes it sound like the circuit needs to "catch up" if that makes sense. Almost like a slight cut out or delay on the initial attack. My thinking is an old component or two.

    I'll definitely have a tech work on this.

    Overall great tone and good volume.

    And one day before my 50th. So that's pretty cool. :)
     
  2. mozz

    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice. Looks like their for-tray into solid state. Beware of the ungrounded power cord.
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Wow...very cool...that footswitch looks like something they salvaged from Bletchley Park when they were cracking the Enigma code machines...
     
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    When Solid State was chic. Old School win.
     
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    Had the same model many years ago. Mine was cosmetically rough, but it was a decent workhorse amp that was used in everything from VFW gigs to outdoor festivals (mic'ed). Worked well with pedals and had a very nice clean tone. Heavy little sucker.
     
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    Very nice and I think she did the right thing by insisting you have it.

    But the real question now is... what the heck does TUNE-E do?!?!?
     
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    Jofa Well-Known Member

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    Just discovered that this morning.

    It creates a high E tone, allowing you to tune.

    Being that this amp is 52 years old, that's a pretty cool feature.
     
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    Interesting! Also interesting that it tunes to E rather than A.
     
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    I had a more modern version of that amp. They sound nice. That one is probably better than the one I had. I don't remember mine having a Tune E. It was very nice of her to give it to you.
     
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    big daddy Well-Known Member

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    Well I'll be damned. Clever!
     
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    Congrats!

    They are known for that Vox Bulldog speaker (a.k.a. Celestion Alnico Gold). The amps are pretty Hifi and won't add color. Perhaps that may make it a great pedal amp?
     
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    Jofa Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I've been using the GT 1000 in front of it and it's almost like the amp is made for pedals.

    I have to say, using a simple TS (model) with the gain low and the volume up sounds incredible.
     
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