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larryguitar19
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Nov 12th, 2018 07:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am looking at a vintage Pro Reverb either 65 or 66 and have checked out a couple of them.

One of my typical simple diagnostic tests is to let the amp warm up and then, without anything plugged in, turn the volume knobs on each channel to 10 and listen to the hissing.

I"m finding some of them might have a noisy pot but at 10 on the normal channel it's fairly quiet. However on the vibrato channel I get differing levels of noise.

So if I hear a lot of whooshing or hiss on the normal channel I'm holding off.

Thoughts? Am I overly cautious? Or is this just normal? I instinctively think it means something is going wrong with a cap or transformer.

willie

Too Near Atlanta GA

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Nov 12th, 2018 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not unusual at all. Many reasons for what you are hearing, and I wouldn't expect anything serious to be happening there...I personally would not let it deter me from a purchase if you like the amp and the price is right.

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Nov 13th, 2018 12:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Those are sweet amps I knew a guy that had a 66 and a 67 for sale and I passed on both which I regret now because the better one (cleanest) sounded sooo good! They're pretty darn rare around these parts.

BbendFender
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Nov 13th, 2018 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Probably just some dirty pots which are very easy to clean.
Do you know if the amp has had a cap job in the last 10 years or so? A cap job is not that expensive if you do it yourself.
I have 2 Pro Reverbs and they sound great.

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Nov 13th, 2018 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

As a follow up I talked to a seller of Reverb.com and got enough of a comfort level in our conversations to pull the trigger. I"ll post a review when it arrives. I"m excited.

pcalu

usa Thumb area Mi

Nov 19th, 2018 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Having had a 67 Pro reverb and Yes...it was a great amp!

I now have a 74 which has been black-faced and I like it better. Breaks up quicker.

The 67 did have a better reverb though.. been trying to compensate w/ 74 by experimenting with different tubes for the driver and return.

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Dec 18th, 2018 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I will post a video shortly but in the meantime I absolutely love this amp. It's very much like a Twin honky clean sound. It takes pedals really well.

Mine is an April '66 production and it looks so clean I'd swear it just came off the factory floor.

The only thing I had to do was change out the 6L6's and the rectifier tube.

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Dec 22nd, 2018 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey larryguitar!

Congrats on a great amp!
I had two - a pristine clean ´65 and a well-seasoned ´67.
I should have kept that ´67 - it ATE my Marshall Bluesbreaker (Reissue) - both clean and overdriven.
Had a pair of Utah-speakers.
The ´65 (w/Oxfords) sounded comparably clean and polite...

cheers - C.





Silverface

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Jan 18th, 2019 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

A used vintage Fender amp should be immediately checked out by a qualified tech unless you have proof that it had the filter and bias caps replaced in the last 10 years or so - at minimum.

If not I don't recommend even turning them one - straight to the tech. It makes no difference how it sounds - if it has old caps (especially originals) they could be far past they're safe end of service life - roughly 15 years.

At that point sometimes they affect the amp's sound - sometimes they don't. BUT - one can fail with NO warning. Even a visual examination can't tell you if they're "good" - only if they are physically leaking.

And if one fails it's a dangerous situation or the amp - you could burn out the power transformer in seconds.

That's not only an expensive repair, it reduces - permanently - the resale value of the amp.

I tell all vintage amp shoppers to add $150-450 to whatever they pay for the amp to cover service costs (the range takes into account type of amp and other parts that may ned replacement.)

Not having it immediately checked out is not advisable - over 3/4 of the newly-purchased vintage Fenders I see have either never been serviced or it was done partially - and years ago. Don't take a chance with it - service every 15-20 years on tube amps is no different than changing oil or tires on a car.

larryguitar19
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Jan 31st, 2019 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Silverface--That sounds like solid advice. I am confident the work was done. Before I bought it I was shown pictures of the actual caps and work and I spoke with the seller and got the warm fuzzies.

But I do agree is penny wise to just go ahead and have my local favorite amp tech check it out.

Meanwhile here is a quick video of the back opened up

1966 Fender Pro Reverb back

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 12:22 AM, Feb 1st, 2019)

larryguitar19
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Jan 31st, 2019 10:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here I just fired it up (without verifying the cap job above) but nevertheless giving it a spin.

firing up the '66 Pro Reverb first time

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 12:25 AM, Feb 1st, 2019)

larryguitar19
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Jan 31st, 2019 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

This was the first jam with some guys and I was testing out the Pro Reverb. It's a bit long but a few seconds gives you and idea it holds up pretty well.

Medley

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 12:39 AM, Feb 1st, 2019)

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Feb 1st, 2019 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice playing in the video. Looks like you have yourself a keeper.

larryguitar19
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South Florida

larryguitar
Feb 1st, 2019 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

That band broke up after only one rehearsal. I can't catch a break.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 11:29 AM, Feb 1st, 2019)

Liquid Smoke

So Cal, USA

Feb 1st, 2019 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow..It's a beauty. Date stamp April '66 and stored in a closet ever since. Don't worry, bands will come and go but that amp will never let you down :)

lonesomebill

USA/Southwest

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Feb 16th, 2019 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

My first amp was a 63 Bandmaster and then I bought a 67 Pro Reverb. I loved that amp. I played a Musicmaster, Telecaster, L6S and a Es-335 though it over the years and it always worked great. One night we really cranked the band up and I learned how blessed it sounded in overdrive. My speakers were not the Jensens -- probably CTS which I eventually switched out for Altecs.

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