The Redplate Magica 50w has landed...

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The Redplate 50w Magica has landed. I paid my last $800 of the $2800 price. I got $200 off for supplying my own tubes (yeah, that's how much five 12AX7 and two EL34 current production tubes cost now).

I wound up with a mix of NOS Mullard, Sylvania, and Amperex Bugle Boys in the preamp sockets, and two Siemens EL34 (NOS matched) in the power tube sockets. The amp is, IMO, warmer with the NOS glass (big surprise, right?).

I have 7 recones to do, plus 12 speaker orders to build, plus the usual packing & shipping. That means I won't be able do the whole "holy fuck!" honeymoon review until later...but keep in mind, I played this amp through a V30 in 2017 so I knew what I was getting already. It just got better with NOS glass and an M55/M75 65w Scumback loaded 212 closed back cab (8 ohms, 130w power handling).

There are more switches than I'm used to, but I look forward to trying them out. It's scary how good this thing sounds at mouse fart volumes, though.

Jim
 
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I’ve never seen one except in pics, I think the drive channel has 2 gain knobs doesn’t it?
 

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Sounds like a very versatile amp!
From clean to soaring sustain.
How was their lead time?
Long wait?
 

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A client showed up yesterday to drop off 7 old G12M frames to be reconed, and I fixed his loose spider on his original 003 Pulsonic cone. We took a spin on the Magica for 2-3 hours after lunch...the poor guy now has to call Jim Wagner pickups after hearing my Fool SG (American Steele) and Keebler (Darkburst). He got to ply my other replica with the real PAF's and decided Jim's pickups were plenty good enough.

Oh, and he's got some 412 cabs that won't be empty for long now, either.

My fingers are sore. I haven't played that much in years!

I promise to get to the back panel switches/knobs, etc this weekend. Today I'm waiting on 400 J & H frames to show up.
 


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