NAD - Lead 12

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  1. fat_lenny

    fat_lenny Well-Known Member

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    Seems like the thing to do in here lately, but Ive gone and grabbed myself a Lead 12.

    1986 model based on the serial number and its had a speaker out jack installed at some point.

    Seriously impressed with it though. Ive been looking for a small amp for my office for a while. Almost bought an Origin 5, almost a DSL1H but never pulled the trigger. Now this followed me home and Ive gotten no work done since. Killer little amp and not stupidly loud.

    Now I'm really not happy I passed up a Lead 12 head and two 1x10 cabs not long ago. Really want one of those now.

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  2. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Sweet! Love those little Marshalls!


    Congrats man! :thumb:
     
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    Yeah!!!! Score
     
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    Great amps congrats!
     
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    JParry335 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I want one too!
    Congratulations!
     
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    Congrats! Welcome to the club!
     
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    Stick a G10 Greenback in there (Or a G10 Creamback) and if you think you like it now, you'll LOVE it then!
     
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    Congratulations on your score brother!
    Cheers
     
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    A few people have said that. I'll look into it. I still haven't plugged it into my 4x12 or 4x10 cabs, but that wasn't really the reason I bought it. New speaker will cost more than the amp though.

    For $200 ($140 US) though this is a killer little amp. Definitely will be keeping a look out for the head version or a Lead 20.
     
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    That's my dilemma. Do I spend more for a speaker than the entire amp. Perhaps if a used speaker pops up.
     
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    I bought it to stick in my office so I had something to play during breaks. Its doing that job pretty well, I'm just not sure a new speaker is warranted.

    I think I will do the same and keep an eye out for a used speaker, but I cant say I see a lot of them.
     
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    Noooooooo, the amps refused to power up today.

    Haven't had the slightest hint of an issue since I got it. This morning, flip the with and nothing. Was working fine last night.

    Anyone had any experience with these doing this?
     
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    fat_lenny Well-Known Member

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    Pulled the amp out, was actually surprised how clean it was. The fuse is blown, everything else "looks" ok. I'll drop a new fuse in it later today and see if it pops.

    Here is a few photos while I have it open.

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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Good thing it’s just a fuse.
    Hope the new one holds up without any further problems.
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    New fuse appears to have done the trick. I’ll celebrate after a few days of incident free use.
     
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    They're simple amps. Replacing everything in them that could blow up (every diode, transistor, and IC) wouldn't cost 20 bucks. I did have to put a transformer in one, but it was easy enough to find a 28v center tapped power transformer that fit up well enough for it.

    I also have a Lead 20 combo and 30 watt combo in the same series as well. Eventually I'd like to have one each of every amp in the solid state Lead series.
     
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    Congratulations,

    I’m having fun with my Lead 12. I’m guessing that mine is also a ‘86-‘87 model.

    I haven’t checked S/N’s but I did add a Greenback and definitely a tone improvement.

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    Interesting, your serial number is under the Line Out Jack, mine is under the inputs. Cant quite make out the letter at the start of yours. Looks like a V which would be 87.

    How did you find the Greenback changed things?
     
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    There was a Lead 20 here about 2 weeks ago for about twice what I paid for the Lead 12. If I knew how much I like this amp, I would have probably grabbed both.

    For sure now though, if another amp in the series comes up I'll be looking seriously at it.
     
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    Right on, great little amp. I think the stock speaker in mine ain't even that bad, but know that if i good replacement falls in my lap im all in.
     
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