New Old Amp Day!

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  1. RegularJim

    RegularJim Active Member

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    Is this old enough to qualify as vintage?

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    The best I can tell it's either an '89 or '91. The serial number starts with "9A", but there is also an "89D" on the placard.

    This thing is big and loud. About 50 lbs big and 160 watts loud. Makes good noises.

    Anybody else ever have one of these that can share your glam metal experiences and maybe help out with the date?

    Also, the tolex looks and feels like asphalt, so what would be a good way to clean it up right?

    Thanks!
     
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    Beast !

    Warm water and Scotch Brite to clean the Tolex ? Then some kind of car upholstery rejuvenating spray ?
     
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    I'd use one of the mild, foaming leather shoe cleaners. Not as "wet" as soaps, not as slick as automotive stuff (ArmorAll, tire black, bumper restore?). Spray on, use a soft bristle brush to get in the crevises, let it dry. Vacuum off, then wipe with damp cloth. If it's safe enough for Italian shoes, it should work on your beauty....
     
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    The tolex was exposed to excessive hairspray and spandex.
     
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    I used a wet toothbrush then wiped it dry with a towel. Looks pretty good now. Turns out, there is some gray in that asphalt pattern, so it looks dirtier than it really is. There were spider eggs in the reverb bag though.
     
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    Nice! I still have my Teal Stripe Envoy 110.
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    Of course yours would feed mine its lunch.... ;)
     
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    You didn't ?

    You didn't clean that up did you ? That's where all of the tone resides, mojo and all !
     
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    Sure. Everything is technically vintage. Even if it was made yesterday, that's the vintage.

    One of my guitar buddies called my Peavey SS amps (late 80's Stereo Chorus 400 and TKO 150) vintage.

    I said they weren't, when I think of vintage I think of golden age gear- tube amps, American made Epiphones, Gibsons, and Fenders. Classics.

    Sort of like when people see a car and say "Man, that's a classic!" And the car is something you remember when they were knew.
     
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    Relative again.

    If I remember my dad buying this new, it doesn't qualify as vintage ?

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    Then we can start debating the word vintage itself. What does it really mean ? But we shouldn't go there and enjoy RegularJim's amp ... if he ever shows it all cleaned up :hmm:
     
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    I was going to let it ride, but it kind of smelled funny and the back cavity was pretty gross.
     
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    It really doesn't look much different clean, except in the back cavity. I didn't armor-all it or anything, so it's not shiny. Still looks like asphalt. It smells better though.
     
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    Congrats on the new Old amp Jim, hope she serves you well.
    At 160 watts, that is definitely a beast, & 50lbs will sure stretch the arm a bit.
     
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    That's usually helpful when it comes to our better halves...
     
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    For the tolex, I'd give it a coat of black shoe polish then buff it out.

    Helps to have a buffing brush to get into all the craters, otherwise you'll have areas of polish in the low spots.

    And @BGood, yes I'd call that car vintage.

    My father, who's a car nut (85 years old) always objects when people call a car classic, unless its from the 20's or 30's- Duesenberg, Peerless, Packard, Cadillac, Lincoln, Rolls Royce, Bentley etc.

    There will be an advertisement for a classic car show, and its all 50's and 60's muscle cars.
     
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    A clean back cavity is a happy back cavity.
     
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    Happy new to you amp day.
     
  18. Raiyn

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    What you do behind closed doors....;)
     
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    I'd do "Dawn Dish Soap" and warm water with a medium brisle brush.
    Once clean hit it with the appropriate "Armour All".
    Easy Peasy ;)
     

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