Nad: '65 Block Logo

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  1. coldengray

    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    I considered not posting this but I've told several of you privately already so I might as well share. I lucked into a '65 JTM and couldn't pass it up. To help myself stop feeling guilty I sold all my other amps, pedals and speakers, plus I took on a few more replica builds.

    I was expecting it to sound very similar to my personal JTM45 build, and kept my expectations low even though a well know builder unaffiliated with the sale told me this is one of the top three JTMs he's played. I finally spent several hours with it yesterday and it blew me away. The complexity of the overdrive is really special and it has a great top end, no need for a bright cap. It has great cleans and is pretty aggressive when cranked, it almost sounds like it has a bit of lead spec in it, plenty of bite and chimey top end. I can't imagine ever letting this one go.

    The amp is 95% original and I'll post more photos later. The replica coffin logo 2x12 is going to a friend in Australia along with it's matching head. I had a Bluesbreaker 2x12 made, style 1 with EC Collins cloth and an accurate block logo I got from Victor at Plexi Palace...it should be here next week. A pair of '69 G12M bass cones will go in it, for now I'm playing through an M + H creamback combo which still sounds great.

    I don't deserve this amp, but I am honored to own and play it. I have such a passion for the JTM45 and spent a lot of hours building replicas....to have a real vintage one is a dream come true. I know most of you guys have several of these, maybe one day I'll get another! I'd love one with an RS OT.

    Anyway, here it is. The preamp tubes are all 60s UK and the KT66s are GEC. I had a 1959 Mullard rectifier here which came in handy.

    I'll post new pictures when the matching 2x12 comes.

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    GIBSON67 Well-Known Member

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    Good job and congrats! But let's see some gut shot porn!
     
  3. coldengray

    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    This amp comes from the Kronemyer collection. The previous owner was instructed to ONLY play it at 109v but he ignored that advice and ran it at 120v...and blew the top cap can and the bias caps. The can was replaced with a period correct one, but the bias caps were black sprague...same for V1 cap. I had George Metropolous change them to NOS blue caps that look like the originals, thanks to Neil for pointing me in the right direction for those. We decided to leave the bias pot in there for convenience's sake.

    The mixer bypass cap was a modern black silver mica so we changed that to a vintage red 556pf, thanks to Greg Germino for donating that to the cause. One mustard is from '66, the rest date '64. The 8.2k dropping resistor is also not original to the amp. Here is the guts!

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    Blueslicks Well-Known Member

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    Wow that is an amazing looking bit of kit. Congratulations and enjoy it. Must sound incredible.
     
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    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    I really wanted to judge it objectively, not just rave about the sound because it's vintage. I waited 4 days to play it and finally George convinced me to just enjoy it. He was right, it really blew me away. The killer tubes probably helped!
     
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    Very nice !! Let's hear a video clip of that beast !!
     
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    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    I need to get my friend Joe over to record a proper clip. I'm afraid I won't be able to do it justice. George Metro made a clip, I will post it when I'm back at my computer.
     
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    Since apparently no one's rude enough to ask, I'll do it. How much?
     
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  9. Ron W

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    Schwinggg!
     
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    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    Ron - did you find a cab for your '69 restoration?
     
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    Coronado Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Congrats! I immediately had to familiarize myself with this sound (actually never heard one in person before). Found this clip, which sounds amazing. Here's to years of enjoyment with an amazing piece of history! :cheers:

    For those that want to hear it cranked, jump to 2:10. Wow...

     
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  12. Ron W

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    Have a line on a couple of basketweave 4x12's, but need to sell a few cables first!
     
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    edit: double post
     
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    That's a true beauty! Congrats!

    Even though you think you're not the best player ever it doesn't mean you don't have the right to own such a great amp. I'm one of the worst players around here but I own several vintage amps, including a '65 JTM. If the sound is killer, why not? You can just enjoy your amp and tone. No one has to judge you for not being Hendrix or Bonamassa.
     
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    I got to see this earlier, but not all these pics. Just an amazing piece of history, very happy for you.
    It is in just great condition, I wish I could play it!!! :)
    Good for you.
     
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    soundboy57 Well-Known Member

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    Dammit. Makes me want one now.
     
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    Shall I post pics of my similar one here or start a new thread?
     
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    We want pics! We want pics!!!
     
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    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    Neil post it here!
     
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    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    Pete, thanks for the kind word my friend. I wish you didn't live on the other side of the country from me, I'd love for you to play the '65 and to compare this one to the '64 I built for you.
     

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