Gretsch Amps

Replacing oval speakers in a Valco Gretsch Amp (6161)

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I love Valcos. Many early versions had the Rola oval speakers. No re-cone kits exist and there is nothing the same size (some close, but not exact). Additionally, those ovals are 4 ohms. With two, the Output Transformer is 2 ohm, plus it is riveted to one of the speaker frames in my 1957 6161 amp.

That's where the forum came in. Forum member Powdog recommended to me that I could use an output transformer from a 5E3 Deluxe since it is pretty close and is 8 ohm, making available speakers much more plentiful.

I removed the baffle with the ovals and the output transformer, made a baffle for the 12" speaker, attached the output transformer .... and my amp was sounding better than ever!

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Sorry, couldn't get more than one photo to upload. Here is the original baffle, speakers and OT.

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Clean work. I’m gonna start sending my cab repairs to you.

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Clean work. I’m gonna start sending my cab repairs to you.

– Powdog

Be careful what you wish for!

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Nice clean work, Ned!

– JBGretschGuy

Thanks, Josh! Your work to go through it and get everything square before dealing with the speakers made it possible ... I am really loving this amp!


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