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Possible 70s Pro Reverb Acquisition -- Any Wisdom?

 
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lavaspin



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:12 am    Post subject: Possible 70s Pro Reverb Acquisition -- Any Wisdom? Reply with quote

I'll be looking at a 70s (not sure whether early or late but initial inquiry suggests early) Fender Pro Reverb. Possibly trading for one of my teles.

I already have too many amps, but had kept my eye open for a nice Fender. I'm okay with fat and clean if that's what it doles out.

I probably won't have a tech look at it before doing the trade. Nor, will I be pulling the chassis. Anything I should look for, other than how it sounds? Anybody have any experience with these?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Wiki, I don't want the later 70s era Pro Reverbs:

"Around 1974 a master volume control with pull boost was added and, two years later, three way EQ and the replacement of the tube rectifier with a solid state rectifier and an increase in output to 70 watts. The "ultra-linear" solid state rectifier versions are perhaps the least desirable of the Pro Reverbs"

I think the three way EQ the above mentions means more knobs on the front? If so, I can see from the pic that just has 5 knobs on the right side. I'll email the guy about the pull boost. Anyway I can easily tell whether this has the solid state rectifier? I guess if I know the number of tubes I can figure it out from that...

Any idea on appropriate prices for the earlier 70s in this economy? The Wiki say $400-500 but I've seen other sites say more....
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the consensus on the master volume Fenders is that they aren't so great. I certainly never cared much for the ones I've played. This may be of some use:

http://www.thegearpage.net/board/archive/index.php/t-367065.html

Of course, as with all of this, YMMV.
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lavaspin



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. I think I'll pass. I really don't like lugging big combos around anyway.
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