I'm thinking of selling this amp, even though I'd rather not! However I could do with the money for another project, and don't use it enough, so PM me if you are genuinely interested and I'll make a decision. I bought it in early '04, and it can be dated it to '72 from transformer and speaker codes, as well as the serial number, and of course a look inside. It is in remarkably good condition for its age, with no damage to the speaker grille, and only small, minor scuffs here and there to the tolex. There's a bit of discolouration on the two metal straps on the top where the chassis is fixed to the cabinet, but really this is all of little consequence. When I bought the amp I had it serviced by Dave Peterson, (allegedly the best AC30 man in the business), who also replaced the filter caps with Spragues. It has also had a replacement reverb tank of the correct type, and is now fitted with an almost new Celestion G12H30 speaker. The original reverb tank and speaker would be supplied with the amp. I have disconnected the bright cap which connects across the vibrato channel volume pot, and this has tamed the overly bright tone at lower volumes which these are well known for. This is a standard and well known mod which is easily reversed if needed, but most players would leave it as it is.
The amp has the original footswitch for reverb and vibrato, and also a good quality soft cover.
Valves....the rectifier is an RCA 5U4GB, probably the original, and my guess is it will last another 40 years! The 6V6's are JJ's, recommended for this amp as they handle the higher voltages, and preamp valves are reissue Tungsols.
It's never been an issue for me, but the vibrato is possibly not working as it should; Dave modded it slightly to reduce the ticking, (a common issue), but the intensity of the effect is quite shallow, even at its fullest setting. It has been suggested that this is easily fixed with a new optoisolator, available from Allparts for under £10.
Everything else on the amp is as it should be, and it sounds really good. I'm afraid I wouldn't post it so it would have to be collected from me in West Sussex.
Price....I'd be looking for £1100 ono. This price is comparable with a new reissue, currently around £1020 in the shops, except that mine is a hand wired amp, as close to an original as you'll get without spending at least double this. Sorry, I wouldn't consider trades.
As I say, please PM me if genuinely interested, and I will make a decision and provide photos etc. as necessary. Thanks!
Last edited by Misty; 5th December 2012 at 03:27 PM.
Well, I've been playing this recently, and it sounds so good I'm keeping it....for the time being at least.
great choice, Plus the Market is crap at the moment and the only way to get your money back is to trade for something you want, just seem's no one is will to pay the going rate for anything at the moment, apart from Ebay, but after fees you end up with around the same as you would on one of the forums,