1964 Split Panel Replica

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  1. soundboy57

    soundboy57 Well-Known Member

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    After I was lucky enough to come across an original 1964 4x12 cabinet, I wanted a matching split panel head with coffin logo to go with it....originals are rare and a small fortune, and there are more fakes than the few dozen built originally, from what I have gathered.
    The original 4x12 was painstakenly restored, with all the original hardware intact, including the coffin logo.

    So, I did some research, and had a Jtm45 replica built, with as many NOS parts as could be located, including an original Radiospares output transformer, NOS mustard caps and Piher resistors, Bulgin AC setup, fuse holder, etc. I am sure I am leaving some items out.

    The main builder doesn't want credit, so I won't give him any, LOL. Seriously, though,
    Ray Domzalski, well known on other forums, did a spot on headbox, using the original type Rexine that Marshall used back in the frst year of production. Ray also did the replica board itself, as well. Just gorgeous.

    The aluminum chassis was done by Chris Merren, to fit the Radiospares tranny, and a Marstran power tranny was used.
    The handle ends and logo are Marshall reissue pieces, and they are actually spot on to the originals on my 4x12 cab. The repro leather handles were by Abbeystudios Davey Gordon, and are fantastic, as well.
    The RS white grill cloth is by EC Collins, the guy who does the "exact to original" original grey pinstripe for the 66-67 era cabinets, and also supplies Marshall for their 50th anniversary cabs.
    The chassis was done by a well known forum member who was instrumental in having a forum section for builders here...

    It turned out fantastic, and the sounds this makes are just out of this world. Amazing chime and clarity, growl, and just beautiful tones. Takes pedals perfectly. Lovepedals, in particular.
    Many thanks to the forum member/builder who did such a masterpiece for me!
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    tomsvintage Well-Known Member

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    Amazing replica build !! Thanks for sharing :applause:
     
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    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

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    Really Really Cool
     
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    Nice
     
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    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    I will speak up as the builder of this for my friend Pete. I was going to build one last amp for myself but a recent vintage purchase (soon to be revealed) has changed that...I have another RS OT but may need to sell.

    I can say that Pete's amp was the best sounding replica I have EVER heard, I did not want to let it go. That RS OT had some sweet cleans and a nice chime to the top end.
     
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    pleximaster Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful amp!
    Coldengray well done!

    But if you decide to sell the RS OT let me know! ;)

    Best regards plexi
     
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    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    Thank you! That means a lot to me, as you are a real expert in this world. If I end up needing to sell the RS OT I have a couple people in line, but I will let you know if the chance comes up.
     
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    soundboy57 Well-Known Member

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    It sounds more incredible than it looks. It is just a joy to play.
    I had a Vintage Modern with KT66, which was ok, but not quite the mids I like.
    This head just has a real tight, immediacy to the midrange, and fullness, without the rounder
    sound of the VM, or the top end fizzyness....maybe it is the RS transformer :)
     
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    Michael RT Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Wow, that is beautiful workmanship, congrats!! :yesway:
     
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    Vinsanitizer Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    SHEESHUS SHIKES THAT'S UNBERIEVABLE! :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
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    I need to spend more time around here, obviously... That is one incredible setup! Just unbelievable that you were able to find an original cab, and beautiful restoration job as well! And that replica is stunning! Ray D. builds some beautiful head boxes. I have one for my own block logo replica, will try to get some photos up eventually. Wish I had found an original RS OT, but the Merren one does the job very well. Looks like I may have found some more T652s to complete a quad that will go in a 65/66 cab restoration that I have going as well.
     
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    soundboy57 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.... I had a LOT of help. Are you the guy in Canada with the Silver block logo head??
    I saw one on the Canadian Guitar forum, and messaged the poster. That is what started the journey, finding out about Ray D.
    Let me know if there are more of those speakers available :)
     
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    Soundboy57 ~ As far as replicas go ....this is the cream of the crop for sure !!!!!!!!

    I have viewed the pics many times :cool::applause:
     
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    It's the best sounding JTM45 that's been made after 1970. IMO.
     
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    Wow is all I can say. :)
     
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    It's beautiful!
     
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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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