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I purchased a ’69 plexi (pray for me)

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  1. FogDweller

    FogDweller Well-Known Member

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    UPDATE: GUT SHOTS ADDED. Also, I believe it’s a 1968, not ‘69.
    E8500649-97B8-43B6-8C69-36068F0B2A42.jpeg I bought a 1969 Marshall model 1959 that’s seen a lot of action. Definitely not a collector’s piece, but I figured it’s probably the only way I’ll ever be able to own a 60s Marshall. It was $2K. I want to play the amp, not only stare at it. I pick it up tomorrow.

    A hole has been cut in the box for a fan, there’s spray paint on the back and sides, the bottom corners are fairly beat, and a master volume was installed in the rear. Most significantly, perhaps, is that the power transformer and choke have been replaced. I bought it without seeing the guts, so it could be a nightmare inside, although the retailer indicated that all the ‘signal components are original.’

    It has a lot of character, if that’s worth anything. My hope is that it will sound very good and will be a great player’s amp. I may even partially restore it.

    The back panel has a serial number that seems to indicate it’s from 1969. I haven’t seen the pots. Hopefully I’m not being hoodwinked, but I can return it within 14 days if it's crap.

    My questions: If the power transformer doesn’t sound good for some reason, what do y’all recommend for a replacement? And how much does the PT define the Marshall sound? I’ve seen some who say it IS the sound. Thanks. I’ll post photos once I fetch it.
     
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    You should post this in the Vintage Forum so Neil can address these. I personally would not have paid 2k with the condition you described, but if you're happy - then that's what matters.
     
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    FogDweller Well-Known Member

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    I'll know if I'm happy after playing through it. If it sounds crap, I'll get my cash back.
     
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    Sounds like a pretty good deal......Probably already has a good PT. The output transformer is the important one, even then the fuss is mostly for collectors if you're going to play it, than it should be awesome.

    Post pictures when you get it for the critique.
     
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    FogDweller Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Yeah, I hope so. The only real risk is the cost of gas two hours up and two hours back. But I’m really hoping for the best.
     
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    Good luck man! Would love to hear a clip when you get it!
     
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    Thanks a lot! i’ll need to figure out how to upload video here. I always have to remind myself how to upload photos. Lame, I know.
     
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    Fingers crossed.
    How it sounds is what really counts.
     
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    FogDweller Well-Known Member

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    One of the shop’s employees just emailed me and said they got the amp from an estate of a man who passed away (RIP), and that a local amp tech serviced it. I looked up the amp tech and they have great reviews, which is good. The shop employee said it sounded great, but you know how that goes.
     
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    It's going to be fine as long as you don't have OCD, like me. Metropoulos makes good transformers.
     
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    Many of us on here are a tad OCD-ish. Haha. Thanks for the tip about transformers, I appreciate it.
     
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    I think some of these guys are going to also mention Merren and Marstran for transformers, too.
     
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    I bought a '69 plexi a few months ago (you can find the thread if you like), and it was a bit of a fiasco - including the OT blowing before I even got an hour of playing time in!

    It's still the best amp I've ever owned and sounds amazing. And that's with the temporary OT replacement (original being rewound). Nothing is certain, but I suspect the odds are firmly in your favor.
     
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    Great to hear! I’ll look for the thread. Glad it worked out for you. I’ll update the forum and add pics tomorrow night.
     
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    I hope the amp is all you wanted, good luck.
     
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    Thanks for that. I do, too.
     
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    Best of Luck! Rock on!
     
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    shouldn't it be:

    I purchased a ’69 plexi (yay for me) :wave:
     
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    :applause:
    Yes, I certainly hope it’s a yay for me! That’s where the praying comes in - praying it’s not a piece of garbage.:)
     
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