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Tweed Mongrel!!

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I can't believe I actually own this! This is a 1955 Low power twin 5E8a.It's housed in a real 1959 Tweed Bassman cabinet. I have no idea how long these two have been together but WOW! 3 original Jensen P10r speakers and a 70s CTS. The cabinet is a real road warrior ,lots of wear and tear!As for the twin part, it has the original power and output transformers and a later super reverb choke.Fortunately the Twin head is the same chassis size as a Bassman ,so no horrifying woodworking disaster!It is the version with 2 5u4 rectifier tubes. It has had the usual repairs,3 prong cable, caps etc.Holy moley does it sound huge! The only real issue so far is that a 4x10 Bassman is not a 4 ohm setup ,it's currently running at 8. Not horrible ,but not optimal. I have the skill set to build an era correct 2x12 cabinet for it,so that's likely what I will do and hopefully sell the bassman cabinet to someone who needs a correct one for their old Bassman.It's been a great time for finding interesting gear lately!

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Front nameplate

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Ridden hard, put away wet!

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I thought u were done repairing amps

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I love the twin rectifier scene..

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I thought u were done repairing amps

– paul pigat

I'm not done owning amps.....

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Where are finding units like that in Vancouver?

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I got it from Exile Music .

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Oh Maybe I saw that there. I went there for the first time last thursday. I hope you enjoy it!

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That's really cool! I have a 5E6. It's a little loud for the gigs I play, so I'll probably trade it for a cool Gretsch.

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Progress report.I went ahead and built a 2x12 cab and ordered up a kit to build a bassman chassis. 3/8 finger joints and 3/8 bafflles with thicker 3/8 front panels for a bit extra strength .That's a lot of 3/8ths!!! .Still looking for a name plate for the Twin.It's a bit of a hen's tooth.

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Here's a pic of the reinforcing dowel treatment before final sanding A pair of 1/4 in dowels 4in long on eac side of the cutout.I never knew about this til recently

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Hi Gary

Great project and looking forward to seeing more pics.

If you're interested in selling the Bassman cabinet, please let me know.

My mate owns a 59 Bassman in a Monotone repro cabinet and I'm sure he'd be very interested in re-homing his favourite amp.

I tried PM'ing but the system doesn't appear to be working because I got a message failure notice.

Maybe you could try PM'ing me?

Shuggie

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Old meets new! I put the cabinet together today after a few coats of finish. I'm waiting for more tweed for the back panels,when that comes,I'll try tinting the tweed and aging it a bit. A Celestion Gold alnico and a 70s greenback(blackback actually)are the speakers for now.This is without a doubt the best sounding amp I have ever owned.It's the right combo of volume ,bass and compression for me.Amazing!

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I'm so lucky! The first guitar I plugged in was the 55 Duojet.1955 Fender amp/55 Jet ...a marriage made in heaven!


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