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  1. Yes those Sylvanias are very nice. Many years ago I bought a whole bunch of Tungsram and Sylvania 12ax7's for my personal use. Enough for the rest of my life. They were the ones that sounded great that didn't already cost an arm and a leg, like the Mullards and Bugle boys. I actually like the Tungsram and Sylvanias better anyway!
  2. texwest

    Vox AC15 H1TV tube replacement

    Yes they are cathode biased but you still need to be careful to not run the tubes too hot. These new vox amps are often running tubes at 120-125% dissipation. It's really part of the sound but it will take out tubes fast if they aren't hearty. And the new production tubes aren't that hearty. If a cathode biased amp is running a too hot bias you can change it by adjusting the cathode resistor.
  3. I third, leave them in if you like the sound and they aren't starting to redplate. It's all about the tone right! Of course Friedman has to choose some sort of new tubes for his newly made amps! So no contradiction there really. I recently put new Svetlana's in a guys 74 Marshall and they sounded killer. I bought the burned in for 40 hours ones thinking they might be more reliable that way. I've had so many problems with new tubes, that I would hope if they run for 40 hours the bad ones will fail before I buy them. The new Tung sol 12ax7's sound about as good as alot of NOS tubes. Less than $20 each. Not as reliable if you put them in a socket that is a cathode follower circuit. V2 of an old Marshall.
  4. I use 0000 steel wool to clean old NOS tube pins. I don't see the problem as long as you spray all the loose bits off the tube with compressed air. Been doing this for years and had no problem. Using contact cleaner with lubricant on tubes or sockets seems like a very very bad idea to me. Especially power tubes and their ability to arc between socket connections. The QR Contact Cleaner dries off very clean with no residue. So that's a good option for cleaning sockets or tube pins.
  5. texwest

    Vox AC15 H1TV tube replacement

    The new production tubes are pretty unreliable these days. I've had several failures in the past year after installing them in some guys amps. One problem with EL84's is that they are run so hot in these voxes they will redplate and blow the fuse. When you buy new tubes you should always buy from people who know specifically what mA rating will work in that amp. Even if you do that you can still have problems. EL84's are not plug and play anymore. They need to be tested for current draw (mA) and then you can ask them: Will these tubes work in this particular amp? The regular old chinese EL84's that vox uses are more reliable in their amps than other new production tubes including JJ's. This is from my own observations in testing the bias and watching for redplating in my own and customers amps.
  6. texwest

    Electra EP-401

    I would pull the cover and see how hard it is to spray it into the opening where the three leads go inside the pot. Usually with circuit boards it can be hard to spray into the pots because the opening faces the circuit board and is very close to it. But you can bend the spray can tube into a J shape and get it in there. You can also buy tubes that are made to do this. I also like the Caig faderlube for this application. But it can make a bit of a mess on the circuit board because it has lube in it. So if some of it drips out on the board, I will spray the board with CRC QD contact cleaner. This will evaporate and remove any residues left on your circuit board. Don't spray the CRC into the pots once you use the faderlube. These use chemicals that aren't good for you so I recommend using medical latex or vinyl gloves and doing this outside.
  7. texwest

    Decking a Floyd

    I did this to a non-deckable (is that a word?) G&L vibrato once and it worked very well. Jeff's idea of the rosewood is great.
  8. One of my favorite John Belushi moments!
  9. Rich, Mr. Cocker is playing lefty, but it's a righty flipped over so it might still work for you.
  10. Here is an awesome air guitar that was listed locally here where I live. A couple of my guitar students claimed to have tried it out and said it was awesome and they never sounded better. It even came with a really nice case. http://truefire.com/blog/favorites/vintage-air-guitar-sale-craigslist/ Someone in the Champaign-Urbana area of Illinois has put up an ad on Craigslist for a “Vintage Air Guitar” and is asking $799. Here’s the description from the ad: Reluctantly parting with this awesome vintage air guitar. My uncle saw some dude in the audience playing this at a Thin Lizzie concert back in the 70s. Long story short, my uncle ended up trading the dude a lid of Acapulco gold for it and then gave it to me about 20 years ago. I’ve taken it to more concerts than I can remember and always get great comments about it. It’s definitely a chick magnet, especially if you’re working the has-been tour circuit (Rick Springfield, Bon Jovi, Kansas, Cheap Trick, whatever). The only reason I’m selling is to fund my lifelong dream of an overseas snipe hunt. Otherwise I’d never let this one go. No lowball offers or scams please.
  11. texwest

    Seymour Duncan Stock P-90's

    I had a 96 goldtop studio. I measured the pickups with a multimeter and happen to still have the measurements written down! The p90's were bridge 14.5k neck 11.5k. That's pretty close to what Gabe said. I don't know other specs like the magnet used, etc.
  12. Of course there's the obvious Hamer offerings but I once had a '92 Gibson ES135 semi hollow p90's that was a killer and fun guitar.
  13. It will be interesting to hear more stories about how Reverb handles returns when sold AS IS. I recently was forced by ebay to accept a return on a Hamer Sunburst that was sold with no returns policy. He said that it wasn't as described, because I said it sounded very resonant, but he couldn't hear that. He didn't like the guitar, had buyers remorse, so he filed for a return before ever contacting me. He also set me up for the return. He emailed before he got the guitar and said he hoped that the guitar had good tone because that is what it is all about for him. That worried me. He knew he was going to do this before he got the guitar! Anyway Ebay in knee jerk reaction sided with him. Even though it was obviously, by his own admission, buyers remorse regarding the tone of the guitar. Total BS. I'm never selling an expensive item on Ebay again. I read many stories online that Ebay basically always sides with the buyer. Thank the Lord the guitar came back to me in good shape. Damn was I worried what it was going to look like when I got it back.
  14. Wow I'm also a guitars and guns guy. You know I sold off alot of gear once and I later regretted it. There are the guitars that got away. I understand life change, but keep a few of your favorites. Sell the ones that you can live without. Best of luck in your journey.
  15. texwest

    List all the Hamer models you have owned

    I thought I had a bad case of GAS, but I have a new perspective after reading these lists. I'm just barely an addict! 2000 Studio 1995 Studio Goldtop P90 1992 Sunburst Another 1992 Sunburst 2008 Newport Pro 1993 Special