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54 Deluxe
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May 3rd, 2012 10:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It all started with buying the Leslie guts from an organ on Ebay. I decided to try my hand at recreating a Leslie 16 / Fender Vibratone.
I made the cabinet and covered it in black Tolex with '60's style grillcloth and built the all the controls.
I finished it tonight and gave it "spin".
I love the way this thing interacts with the amplifier via the crossover. I tried it with my 1966 Bandmaster with a 2x10" combo cabinet and with my Carr Mercury. The Mercury has reverb which carries over into the Leslie.
The Weber California is brand new and needs a little time to break in and loosen up.

My Leslie Project

(This message was last edited by 54 Deluxe at 10:16 PM, May 3rd, 2012)

reverendrob
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Hero, hero

you have done so well...
May 4th, 2012 01:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Let me say as a fan of retro mechanical audio devices (tape echo, oil can stuff, Leslies, etc), that is way, way cool.

swampblues
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get'em jumpin', mbj
May 4th, 2012 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yup - awsome!

Quackerjack
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May 4th, 2012 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 Awesome job, and a great project!

jhawkr
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Final Four!
May 4th, 2012 06:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice job!

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Sorry, I just can't

think of anything to put here.
May 4th, 2012 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whoa.




54 Deluxe
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Florida

May 4th, 2012 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys, it's been a labor of love and very enjoyable. I've always been intrigued by the guitar through a Leslie sound but never had the oppertunity to play through one. I've been using chorus pedals for years to immitate the sound. My Analog Man chorus does a pretty good job but I've always wanted the real thing so I made one.
I've never built a cabinet before and I reallt enjoyed making this one and I'm already thinking about my next project.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
May 4th, 2012 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excellent work! Those Leslie motor/baffle boards on the 'bay are ridiculously cheap. And they're the real thing too.

If you can locate the speed pedal for one of those--you will have a killer setup!

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May 4th, 2012 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice! You done good. The project really looks good.

I have a Leslie 45 that I have converted to 2-speed and power with a Dual Showman. I plan to upgrade the drivers as not to damage the valuable originals. I may record with it this weekend.

rfrakes331K
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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
May 4th, 2012 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

54, Did you get the connectors from AES? I bought the guts off ebay also, then had a stroke, so this is a project I need to order some parts for. I do not hae a cab for it just the wood frame that the rotating speaker came in. I will probably power with a 65 Princeton and run that with my Mesa Boogie LSS.

Nice work!

54 Deluxe
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May 4th, 2012 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If you can locate the speed pedal for one of those--you will have a killer setup!"

I built mine.

"Did you get the connectors from AES?"

I bought mine from the Tonewheel General Hospital. They're really great to work with and ship lightnibg quick. When I received my order one of the connectors was obviously a "pull" from and old piece of equipment. I emailed them and they sent me a new one immediately. They explained that they have some pulls in their shop and apologized for the mixup. They told me to keep the pull.

Tonewheel General Hospital

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Bakersfield????
May 4th, 2012 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just saw this one in today's C-list - thought about nabbing it for a project myself. Looks like it could be fun:

No affiliation but what a coincidence

54 Deluxe
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Florida

May 4th, 2012 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Make sure to buy one with two speeds. They have two motors piggybacked.
The single speed ones have the fast speed (SRV Cold Shot). The slow speed is very subtle but it's the best chorus effect around (Pink Floyd Us & Them).

Us and Them - David Gilmour

De ville
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May 5th, 2012 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's really a beautiful job 54 Deluxe.

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don't dream it.....be it
May 5th, 2012 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

people w/ Beamers aren't supposed to be able to build things.
nice job....


54 Deluxe
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Florida

May 5th, 2012 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought the Beamer by building things! ;-)

(This message was last edited by 54 Deluxe at 12:17 PM, May 5th, 2012)

BbendFender
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Texas

Throw in a pick and you've got a deal!
May 6th, 2012 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still have several of those Leslie tremolo unit baffle boards. Most have 8" speakers. Some have 2 spd. motors and some have single speed motors. I really like the Leslie sound. I have a Vibratone and a real Leslie 125 but I don't use them all that much.

lonesomebill

USA/Southwest

Don't watch my foot!
May 8th, 2012 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Really, really, really nice job. I had a Vibrotone 16 model in the 70s and had to take it apart for some reason. Yours looks at least as well made. Mine had a sweet JBL 10 in it that you could really crank with my Pro Reverb. It made our 2-guitar band sound full.

54 Deluxe
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Florida

May 9th, 2012 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks lonesomebill.
I've had it up and running for a week and I'm really enjoying it.
I installed some casters tonight, I'm getting to old to lug it around without them!


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