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I have the chance to by a Fender Bassman 100. The head has been in a house for 20 years. The cab in a shed. I know i will have to get the head serviced for new bad soldering and probably tubes. Does anyone know what a fair price would be? It was made in 1976

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I paid £300 for my 135 a few years back.. It was in good shape generally and had a once over from a tech before I had it. I replaced the mis-matched output valves with JJ 6L6s plus I later replaced the pre-amp ones too..

I know I got a good deal for mine but consider the potential work needed on your prospective 100. They're pretty tough old things and generally easy to fix if there is an issue.. 😀

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Impossible to say what might be a fair price. Depends on condition, etc. A full set of valves will not be cheap. If a transformer is u/s, that will be an expensive fix. Are you being asked to make an offer? If the cab has been in a shed for 20 years, the drivers will likely have got damp, so could need replacement, too. Would you be able to get it from the seller and take it to a tech' for an informed opinion before agreeing to buy or making an offer? 

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Yeah, really, if it's in good nick, which it might be, you never know, then it's gonna be worth 100s of pounds. If it's as knackered as it might be, then it's firewood and junk. 

 

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Speakers in sheds die quite quickly!  20 years will almost certainly have ruined them.  I lack the experience to comment on the amp though.

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On 24/02/2020 at 20:00, VTypeV4 said:

. I replaced the mis-matched output valves with JJ 6L6s .. 😀

Just to nit pick a bit but the tubes you installed would have been 6L6GCs. Had you installed 6L6s they would have failed almost instantly. When talking tubes the letters are important. :)

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Just sharing the link - I've been very happy with them. 😀 In fact, I've been very happy with all the JJ valves I've had. 😀

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The 7027A is essentially a 6L6GC on steroids.  The problem that has appeared with the demise of many tube/valve manufacturers is that you're never really sure what characteristics the device had been built to.

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Thanks for all the replies. As with the virus, things went a bit quiet. I haven`t had chance to see the cab in the shed, but sent me photos of the head. I don`t know if anyone knows if the tubes are gone by looking at it though. I have seen about £200 for the valves.

 

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The 6L6 far right as you look at the pic has lost its vacuum.  The white top gives it away.  The one next to it looks like a Zerox?  Either way that head will defo need a new set of 6L6GC's.  My peavey has 6 of them in it and ive been happy with the JJ's so far, I bought from Hotrox as they tend to be cheapest without skipping on proper testing etc, should be about £120 for the power valves, not sure whats in the pre-amp of these tho.

Id say all in you need to budget around £200/£250 for new valves and a tech to service it (plus any other parts he/she may come across)

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Head looks very clean, it will be a nice example when 'fully healthy'.  :)

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2 hours ago, timmo said:

Is it better to have matched valves, or is that another fallicy?

Yes ideally, if you buy a quad from most Valve sellers they usually are matched anyway

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I had one way back when...heavy B4stard it was..

Just reading this thread has nearly put my back out.

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It is a very frustrating situation. The amp is in a house but not able to get there to do a deal at the moment. 

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Didn't Chris use that 100 with Yes ? With inverted 412 Fender cabinet ? He also had a Marshall 100 head on a Sunn 612 when he played Birmingham, Huntsville, and Atlanta. The sound man had him cranked up plenty !! (my Bassman was a humble 50 ) This head sounded good , but a 100 Ampeg V4 was more good.

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