slightly belated new amp day (finally got my other dream amp)

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slightly belated new amp day (finally got my other dream amp)

Post by s_mcsleazy » Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:23 pm

so. some background before i get to the new amp. so ever since i was a teenager, i'd see clips of a lot of the new york bands like television, talking heads and sonic youth playing silverface twins (when i think of sonic youth, i always think of the picture of them on brighton beach where lee is playing a twin) along with some of the british punk bands and always wanted a twin.

December 16th 2009 i got my 72 silverface bassman 50 and absolutely fell in love with it's sound. i often used to say it's how i was always meant to sound, but it had it's limits as an amp, it's more aggressive than it's not. which i love but at the same time, i also do a lot of cleans. so for the longest time, my friend was telling me "bassman and a twin reverb is the way to go" and when we would collaborate from time to time, he would let me borrow his twin and always loved how it sounded with my bassman.

sometime last year i bought a wem dominator in a charity shop and the dude that sold me it said "i much prefer the weight of this over my twin reverb" immediately i was curious. every time after that, i'd try teasing more information about his twin out of him. after a year or so, i figured out it was a 70's twin, the trem was broken but the reverb still worked. he also mentioned it never got a lot of use and he felt bad it never got a lot of use. i mentioned if he wanted to sell it, i'd give him a fair offer on it. after a few more visits, we arrange a time where i could buy it. December 16th 2020. the anniversary of me getting my bassman. so, enough talk, HAVE AT YOU..... with pictures.

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coming home in the car.

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first time being played in anger in nearly 20 years

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and a size comparison (i'm 6ft2)

so, details sleazy, details. it's a 1979 twin reverb 135 with the ultra liner transformer (more than meets the eye) and it has a set of fane speakers in it, they look like the creschendo speakers but the label fell off so i'm not 100% sure. not my first choice for speakers but they sound really great. we stuck it on the scales and it weighs 39.2kg. the reverb is really smooth and subdued compared to most spring reverb amps i've used which i really like actually. i can't not play television on this thing. it feels like that's what the amp always wants to play.

i'm honestly hoping this is the last amp i'll buy for a long time.
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Re: slightly belated new amp day (finally got my other dream amp)

Post by andy » Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:23 pm

I love Twin Reverbs and especially silverfaces. Enjoy it!!
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Post by wproffitt » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:13 pm

Congrats on the amp! A friend of mine from high school had one and I always thought it sounded great. I’ve never played through one of the ultra linear ones, but I imagine it still has that glassy (but not brittle) SF cleans thing in spades. So, that TR/BM rig of yours must be able to paralyze people from 50 yards away, right? ;D Enjoy it in good health!

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Post by s_mcsleazy » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:31 pm

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So, that TR/BM rig of yours must be able to paralyze people from 50 yards away, right? ;D Enjoy it in good health!
nah, sonic warfare against people who say "you're just jealous of ed sheeran because he's more famous than you"
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Post by Pacafeliz » Sat Dec 26, 2020 6:09 am

Great, man!!! Though I must confess I personally HATED the UL Twin when i had one for a while (or maybe it was really only because of the weight...?) Twins are just an essential part of RnR and everyone should have one.
I absolutely love mine (an early '68 silver face) so much that I brought it with me from Mexico, even though I need to use a step down tranny with/for it.

Best ~$200 ever spent ;D

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Post by Veitchy » Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:52 pm

Nice one man. That must sound great when it's all lit up.

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Post by sookwinder » Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:31 am

A huge amount of the music I love from the 60s and 70s was recorded using SFTRs, I have no space or actual need for one but just the fact that it is/was THE amp has often brought me almost to the point of pressing "Buy".

Enjoy the beast :D
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Post by s_mcsleazy » Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:48 am

sookwinder wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:31 am
A huge amount of the music I love from the 60s and 70s was recorded using SFTRs, I have no space or actual need for one but just the fact that it is/was THE amp has often brought me almost to the point of pressing "Buy".

Enjoy the beast :D
that's part of the reason, i mean i joke that any time i play clean on it, i sound like tom verlaine so that must be a good sign.

hell, as much as i dislike kiss, i once read that behind all those walls of marshalls, they actually used a twin
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Nice one man. That must sound great when it's all lit up.
honestly, the 2 amps make up for each other so well that it feels like nothing else.
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Post by DrQuasar » Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:28 am

I'm happy for ya man, congrats on the new amp. You'll never have to worry about not being loud enough ever again, as if that were an issue already having the bassman!

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Post by DeathJag » Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:27 am

Awesome rig!!! I actually hope to do something similar with a Showman + Bassman. I just have to get the Bassman now haha! (Btw I have three SFTRs!)

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Post by s_mcsleazy » Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:33 am

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Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:28 am
I'm happy for ya man, congrats on the new amp. You'll never have to worry about not being loud enough ever again, as if that were an issue already having the bassman!
i'll also never have to worry about not having a sore back ever again.

fun fact. we bought 2 dolly's for moving big plantpots. they're called diall's. so we've named one brody diall and one salvador diall
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DeathJag wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:27 am
Awesome rig!!! I actually hope to do something similar with a Showman + Bassman. I just have to get the Bassman now haha! (Btw I have three SFTRs!)
how has the foundation of your house not broken?
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Post by DeathJag » Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:58 am

s_mcsleazy wrote:
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:33 am
DeathJag wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:27 am
Awesome rig!!! I actually hope to do something similar with a Showman + Bassman. I just have to get the Bassman now haha! (Btw I have three SFTRs!)
how has the foundation of your house not broken?
Ha, well it is sinking into the Mississippi mud! I have a fourth Twin, but it is a brown ‘62 6g8-A and guess what? It’s by far the heaviest of them all!

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Post by SadFuzz » Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:29 am

Looks great, a dream amp of mine as well.
Guy Picciotto used one in studio with Fugazi i remember reading somewhere so certainly in good company.
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Post by s_mcsleazy » Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:54 pm

SadFuzz wrote:
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:29 am
Looks great, a dream amp of mine as well.
Guy Picciotto used one in studio with Fugazi i remember reading somewhere so certainly in good company.
yeah he used it on the last 2 fugazi albums in the studio. most the time in the studio before that, he'd switch between his AC30 and his park amp
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