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  1. Glad it went OK. I find with gigs like that you can often get a reasonable balance with less amp than you'd expect, provided the drums aren't heavily amplified and the audience come in close. Maybe not with massive low-end, but audible and danceable at least.
  2. TI Jazz flatwounds might get you there - they have a lot of mids and decent clarity, but are not bright in the zingy sense. The tension can be a bit of an acquired taste, but I'm enjoying them.
  3. Bump with a little video demo. received_316504045692220.mp4
  4. It doesn't have a standard XLR DI output - the 1V line level output on the back panel is a summed output of the original preamp channels, and is on an obscure 3-pin DIN connector so I haven't tried it. It appears to be intended for connecting other Dynacord gear of the same era in a slave setup. But the 6sl7 preamp channel that I added is mixed in after this stage, so wouldn't be present on this socket anyway. For a DI output from this head, a speaker-level DI box connected to a spare speaker output should give decent results.
  5. Must admit I'd presumed it was probably a legitimate sale, if unfortunate for whoever has had to part with them this way. I figured if they had been stolen items, sticking recognisable and high value instruments like that in the window would not be a smart move on the shop's part, and the amount of time they've stayed in business suggests that they're savvier than that!
  6. Additional pictures showing the case, back panel and a crack at the back corner of the plastic outer which is taped over.
  7. 70s Dynacord Eminent II amplifier. This is a valve powered amplifier originally intended for PA use, using a pair of EL34 run at high voltages for a rated output of 80 watts. In stock form the amp had a four channel transistor preamp, and was built to be very clean and linear sounding. The perspex front panel has green lights behind it, so it's quite stylish in a kitschy way! I have modified the amp by removing two of the transistor preamp channels and building a preamp based on a late 60s Ampeg B15n using a 6sl7 valve. This is the four black controls on the right of the front panel. I used a high voltage FET stage to match the output and impedance requirements of the 6sl7 preamp to the power amp section of the Dynacord, but the signal path for this bypasses all of the original transistor preamp circuitry. I have also rebuilt the power amp with new filter capacitors and a new pair of JJ E34L valves, and set the bias to suit them. The two original input channels and their master volume and EQ are still functional too. With the Ampeg style preamp, it provides a very pleasing classic bass sound, and would be a good addition to a retro-minded studio or for moderate volume live use. It doesn't provide heavily overdriven sounds, but with the preamp gain turned up it does a great subtle breakup that thickens up the sound nicely, and it also has a nice range of clean bass tones. It's quiet in terms of background noise too. It's relatively compact for a valve head, and comes with a well used but useful ABS flight case to carry it in. It has impedance selectors on the back panel to run 4, 8 or 16 ohm cabs. In Edinburgh, but will pack and courier at cost.
  8. The Reserved signs weren't there on Monday.
  9. They are indeed. Weirdly, they had a couple of Foderas in the window when I passed on Monday, one of the Vic Wooten-ish 4 strings and a 5 string fretless, both quite well worn. I have no idea what the story behind those must be.
  10. It looks like they've retained the not particularly great back-angle on the saddles, and the chunky bits of the mute assembly that make it hard to palm mute. Those are interesting design choices!
  11. I've seen some far more niche products, but they're probably not things I should post here!
  12. As far as I'm aware, the SVT was built on multiple PCBs right from its introduction in 1969, not point-to-point.
  13. For four 12"s it's going to be £200 minimum, and there are a lot of competent bass cabs, large or small, that you could buy used for that amount.
  14. I've played in DIY venues and rehearsal spaces that used guitar 4x12 cabs with bass heads as the house rig and got away with it. Though that was very much on the basis of cobbling together whatever gear was available, not something I'd set out to do. So I'd second the "why?", but if you really must, then a 16 ohm, closed back 4x12" has about the best chance of not breaking, out of the common guitar cab configurations.
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