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Is it hard to swap amp guts between combos?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:50 am    Post subject: Is it hard to swap amp guts between combos? Reply with quote

I still have my long dead Bassman 10 combo and was thinking: can I just gut the amp bits and swap in, say, my Princeton Chorus, into the bigger more cool cab?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That should be pretty easy, but you have to make sure the transformers are lined up correctly. They are usually placed something like one of them is lying down and another is perpendicular. If they are all parallel, that can cause problems.

Also the PC boards should not be placed in close proximity to the power transformer. Basically, get the components as close as possible to the way they were laid out in the Bassman originally.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if it's a straight up chassis swap where everything is mounted to it, and enough space in the intended new home then pretty easy i'd guess. you'd have to drill new mounting holes in the combo though most definitely
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this the old tube Fender Bassman Ten or some newer SS version?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

71Smallbox wrote:
Is this the old tube Fender Bassman Ten or some newer SS version?


Old tube
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blaze It wrote:
71Smallbox wrote:
Is this the old tube Fender Bassman Ten or some newer SS version?


Old tube

In that case, you should get that fixed. Those are sweet amps. What makes you consider it "dead"?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was playing it, it made a horrible thunder noise, smoke came out of it, and it smelled like burnt robroe ball hair. Then it sat in various garages for the past 8 years.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude just take it to a tech and get a proper estimate. Any old Fender amp can be fixed easily, it's all point to point. Most old tube amp fixes are actually easy and cheap for people who know what they're doing, no matter how scary the symptoms are to the player.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^This. Even modern produced amps sometimes can be easilly fixed by them who understand how they work. My Laney went dead and sat a half of the year in a closet. I checked tubes, swapped them, checked transformers, visually checked all elements, soldering and didn't find anything. Then gave it to a tech, who called me in one hour and said that he fixed it. I came and the amp was working, I asked if he could tell me what was wrong, he said "Nope. If you got another problem, you know my number"
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it smelled like burnt robroe ball hair

Get Robroe out of your garage and take away matches from him
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