New Dream Amp Day

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by JSett » Sun Jan 29, 2023 3:28 pm

Traynor Bass Mate?
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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Sun Jan 29, 2023 4:51 pm

Bonus hint: it has an extra knob that the Export Bassman doesn‘t have.

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by Fiddy » Sun Jan 29, 2023 8:04 pm

ENGL Fireball ?

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by OffYourFace » Sun Jan 29, 2023 10:54 pm

blonde bassman with the presence control. I want one too.

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Mon Jan 30, 2023 1:49 am

OffYourFace wrote:
Sun Jan 29, 2023 10:54 pm
blonde bassman with the presence control. I want one too.
DING DING DING!

That is correct!
(Bassman 100 would also be 220V and would have the Master Volume extra… but as I have basically ruled out Silverfaces before it was clear(er) I guess!?)

But it’s not a Blonde Blackface - but a Blonde Brownface and the not to worry too much about part is, that it‘s a handbuilt „63“ 6G6B clone (from a kit or not) that didn‘t cost an arm and a leg! Which also means that I probably won‘t have to worry about maintainance too much.

I was close to get another one just like this just a few weeks before that - with even nicer parts (Mercury transformers) - but it also was 50% more expensive. I figured Hammond transformers should be „good enough“ - and if I somehow should not like it… there are plenty of Surf musicians out there who might give it a shot.

So it really looks the part (or at least close enough to me)

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Even though it looks cool the way it is - I‘ll probably exchange the grillcloth for an oxblood one to match my three blonde cabs.

A dual Blonde amp setup might be a thing now. Supersonic on the 4x12 and the Bassman on the 1x15 and 2x12 or both on one of the two smaller cabs.

Thanks everyone for participating!

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by JSett » Mon Jan 30, 2023 3:23 am

I really like Hammond transformers and use them pretty much every time I need to swap in one to correct the voltage for an old 110v amp. I've used them on my 65 VibroChamp and the 66 Vibrolux Reverb I had last year with no detriment to the sound. Mercury are guilty of being a lot of hype and aren't worth the extra premium IMHO

Looks like a cool amp, congratulations
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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by Dr Tony Balls » Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:12 am

johnnysomersett wrote:
Mon Jan 30, 2023 3:23 am
I really like Hammond transformers and use them pretty much every time I need to swap in one to correct the voltage for an old 110v amp. I've used them on my 65 VibroChamp and the 66 Vibrolux Reverb I had last year with no detriment to the sound. Mercury are guilty of being a lot of hype and aren't worth the extra premium IMHO
HARD AGREE.
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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by Zork » Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:36 am

Wow! Cool amp. Can't wait for the group shot. :)

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Mon Jan 30, 2023 5:43 pm

Dr Tony Balls wrote:
Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:12 am
johnnysomersett wrote:
Mon Jan 30, 2023 3:23 am
I really like Hammond transformers and use them pretty much every time I need to swap in one to correct the voltage for an old 110v amp…
HARD AGREE.
Thanks, that is good to know! Still thinking about converting my Bandmaster but don‘t know where to start/what to expect (costs)
Zork wrote:
Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:36 am
Wow! Cool amp. Can't wait for the group shot. :)
Group shoot will happen somewhen next week (hopefully)! I‘ll keep you posted! :)

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by OffYourFace » Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:29 pm

Yeah Hammond stuff is really great, especially for Fenders. I only prefer Mercury for Marshall & Vox OTs.

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by Igorilla » Tue Jan 31, 2023 8:19 am

Congratulation! Blonde Bassmen are beasts. I have a '62 6G6-B and love it. The voices of both channels complement eachother perfectly (think Marshall with more body on bass channel, and fat slightly dirty/aggresive voice on normal channel). Just perfect.

My blonde Bassman and blonde/brownface Bandmaster are the amps to pry from my dead hands.

Enjoy your Bassman!

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Re: New Dream Amp arrived!

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Mon Feb 06, 2023 11:17 am

So, the amp arrived on Friday, I arrived back home about 12h later - but I forgot that the post office isn‘t open on Saturdays - so it took some extra waiting time… but today I picked it up and had a lot of fun with it.

Sadly I forgot my ABY switch at home so it was first: my regular effect setup through the Bassman with 1x15+2x12,

then through both (Bassman with1x15 and Supersonic through the 2x12)

and finally Dry signal into the Bassman and coming from it - the Wet signal into the Supersonic (also in a pseudo Stereo positioning - that was really amazing!

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Rrroooooaaaarrrr! That „Normal“ channel is a Beast!
And to my surprise it is so much more controlable (volume wise) than the Supersonic which is just loud (even with an AY7 tube and the effect loop used as a kind of attenuator/volume box)

Theoretical full setup:
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I will change the grill cloth to Oxblood in the very near future but other than that - I‘m very happy with it!

Bonus question: are the vintage models‘ faceplates rather in that dark matte brown (close to the oxblood cloth) like the Supersonic or lighter/slightly red-brown as this aftermarket faceplate?

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Re: New Dream Amp Day

Post by Igorilla » Mon Feb 06, 2023 11:28 am

The vintage faceplates are dark brown, almost black.

The bottom amp is a 63 Vibroverb Reissue for comparison which has much brighter faceplate than the bassman and bandmaster.

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Re: New Dream Amp Day

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Mon Feb 06, 2023 12:10 pm

Igorilla wrote:
Mon Feb 06, 2023 11:28 am
The vintage faceplates are dark brown, almost black.

The bottom amp is a 63 Vibroverb Reissue for comparison which has much brighter faceplate than the bassman and bandmaster.
Thank you! Just as I thought… but never mind. It‘s no original - and so doesn‘t need to fake its appearance into the smallest detail… it‘s close enough already! :)

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Re: New Dream Amp incoming

Post by DeathJag » Mon Feb 06, 2023 3:19 pm

MayTheFuzzBeWithYou wrote:
Mon Jan 30, 2023 1:49 am
A dual Blonde amp setup might be a thing now.
That's exactly the way I do it! One wet and one dry. Surfysonic's old '62 Bassman, 6G6A, is always one of them!

Congrats! And now let's hear your surf band?!!

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