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Musical Instrument Discussion => Amplifiers => Topic started by: Brad on March 20, 2015, 03:15:18 PM

Title: NAD..Brownie
Post by: Brad on March 20, 2015, 03:15:18 PM
Worked a trade for my blackface Vibroverb for this Headstrong '63 Brownface replica..
What a great amp..sits right between tweed & blackface tone-wise. Great warm cleans and on the edge tones. One of the best trems I've ever heard. Super swampy...it's a bias-trem which actually varys the bias up and down for the effect. Just got it re-tubed/biased and ready to roll. This will be my big room amp now.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8686/16685293760_ae2776eb3a_b.jpg)(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7597/16871528112_13fd28c28d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rGSZvJ)
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: DannyDV8 on March 20, 2015, 03:44:00 PM
HOT DAMN!  What kind of wattage?
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: Brad on March 20, 2015, 04:14:25 PM
Right around 35-40w...it's an exact replica of a '63 Brown Vibroverb which was really more of a vibrolux platform (2x10's, smaller cab, etc..). This was fender's first amp with reverb & trem onboard. I really like everything about this amp...the subtle reverb, swampy trem, 2x10's and it only weighs about 40lbs.  The speakers are custom weber's that sound incredible...small magnet ceramics that start barking in a really cool way when pushed. They may be oxford replicas that were custom spec'd like the originals but I'm not sure.

The only thing that's been changed from the original amp is the addition of a rear-panel bias pot in place of the ground switch. Everything else is true to the original...build quality is outstanding.

original amp specs here...
http://ampwares.com/amplifiers/fender-brownface-vibroverb/ (http://ampwares.com/amplifiers/fender-brownface-vibroverb/)
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: RichR on March 20, 2015, 05:54:49 PM
Congrats!  Are you gigging a lot?
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: KenBJammen on March 20, 2015, 05:58:48 PM
That look gorgeous. 
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: Brad on March 20, 2015, 06:34:07 PM
Congrats!  Are you gigging a lot?

Thanks Rich... about the same as I've been gigging for the last 3-4 years. 2-4 gigs/month with one band, all local spots for the most part. We're in rotation at about 6 spots that we seem to do well at and hit those every few months. That's about it. All decent places, no sports bars/dives anymore so that's a plus. Possibly hitting a studio sometime this year w/Kurt Crandall...he has a small label offer but he may do it on his own too.     
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: Brad on March 20, 2015, 06:35:57 PM
That look gorgeous.

I should've taken some gut shots when I had the chassis out. Looks almost as good on the inside! Nice build for sure
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: DannyDV8 on March 20, 2015, 07:33:17 PM
That's the perfect amount of power, and 2x10" is nice also.  How much do these things retail for?
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: Brad on March 20, 2015, 08:33:27 PM
That's the perfect amount of power, and 2x10" is nice also.  How much do these things retail for?

I was actually worried that another 40 watter would be too much for the gigs I do but there's a big difference in 40w blackface and 40w brownface. Blackface is much stiffer, brighter and seems louder...

they're fairly pricey...$2800 new. I had right at $1800 cash invested in the gear I traded for it. 
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: DannyDV8 on March 20, 2015, 11:12:51 PM
I know what you mean, I had an old blackface Vibrolux when I was still pretty young, and it wasn't very warm sounding at all.

I suppose in today's market the price isn't too out of line.  You can pay that much for a hand wired Fender.....
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: Brad on March 21, 2015, 03:55:06 PM
Vibrolux is probably my favorite of the blackface amps...I've heard some that sound killer. Even silverfaces that have been converted back to BF can be awesome sounding amps.
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: jblaylock on March 21, 2015, 07:22:46 PM
Clip?!
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: DannyDV8 on March 21, 2015, 07:32:02 PM
Vibrolux is probably my favorite of the blackface amps...I've heard some that sound killer. Even silverfaces that have been converted back to BF can be awesome sounding amps.
It was killer for Rock stuff, I put a pair of 12" Altecs in it, and actually it was probably a mistake.  It gave it a lot of punch, but there went the warmth.  My favorite of the old blackface amps was the Pro Reverb.  It was like a Twin Reverb with 40 watts, and just a tone monster!  I played in a band with a bass player in the '70s who had one he'd let me use.  I offered him a ton of stuff for it, but he wouldn't take the bait!
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: Brad on March 27, 2015, 12:15:20 AM
Clip?!

Hey Jonny...sorry I missed this before.

i'd like to ...hopefully I'll have some time this weekend for something quick.
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: Brad on April 05, 2015, 01:39:25 PM
Here's an interview with Kurt from a local webzine that has a short snippet video....this gig was the day after I got the amp and the tubes were pretty much crap. I've retubed/biased since then and the amp really came alive after. Turns out it was biased really cold and I had to change out the resistor on the bias supply to get within range...it was sitting at 17ma and the trim pot was pegged. It really needed to be around 35ma! I'm not sure how it sounded as good as it did.
Not a great vid but you can get an idea of how warm and punchy the amp is.. even with a tele.

http://www.tvjerry.com/with-blues-video/ (http://www.tvjerry.com/with-blues-video/)
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: RichR on April 05, 2015, 03:17:29 PM
Here's an interview with Kurt from a local webzine that has a short snippet video....this gig was the day after I got the amp and the tubes were pretty much crap. I've retubed/biased since then and the amp really came alive after. Turns out it was biased really cold and I had to change out the resistor on the bias supply to get within range...it was sitting at 17ma and the trim pot was pegged. It really needed to be around 35ma! I'm not sure how it sounded as good as it did.
Not a great vid but you can get an idea of how warm and punchy the amp is.. even with a tele.

[url]http://www.tvjerry.com/with-blues-video/[/url] ([url]http://www.tvjerry.com/with-blues-video/[/url])


Yeah, a pretty untwangy tele-based rig.  Sounds great.  That much better with better tubes and correct bias.  I once had a set of tubes I could not bias to spec.  Turned out to be a flukey set of power tubes.  The old ones biased correctly, and I put another set in, and they came right into spec.
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: jblaylock on April 07, 2015, 09:37:19 PM
Here's an interview with Kurt from a local webzine that has a short snippet video....this gig was the day after I got the amp and the tubes were pretty much crap. I've retubed/biased since then and the amp really came alive after. Turns out it was biased really cold and I had to change out the resistor on the bias supply to get within range...it was sitting at 17ma and the trim pot was pegged. It really needed to be around 35ma! I'm not sure how it sounded as good as it did.
Not a great vid but you can get an idea of how warm and punchy the amp is.. even with a tele.

[url]http://www.tvjerry.com/with-blues-video/[/url] ([url]http://www.tvjerry.com/with-blues-video/[/url])


Sounds good.
Title: Re: NAD..Brownie
Post by: DannyDV8 on April 08, 2015, 03:35:27 AM
Nice and fat, really warm sounding!  Almost hard to believe you're playing a Tele through it!