Heads up on a lectrolab amp

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Heads up on a lectrolab amp

Postby thebluesbox » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:27 am

Im referbishing a lectrolab amp thats gonna be a killer little monster rig.
Be on the look out....... watchouut!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Heads up on a lectrolab amp

Postby bosco » Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:02 pm

Cool...can't wait.

As many of you know, my main stage amp is a referbished Lectrolab R-800D which I loaded with 6x9 organ speakers. The story and pics are posted on Harpamps.com-

http://www.harpamps.com/lectrolab/bro.html

It's still my favorite harp amp of the five I own- over a Fender Bassman RI, Fender Musicmaster Bass, Fender Champ and Pignose G40V. The R-800 just has the tone I'm looking for.

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Re: Heads up on a lectrolab amp

Postby thebluesbox » Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:16 pm

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Re: Heads up on a lectrolab amp

Postby angerboy » Sun Jan 06, 2008 6:20 pm

Hey Bosco. how does that Musicmaster Bass sound? Are you using the stock speaker in it? How does the volume compare with the Champ and the Pignose?
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Re: Heads up on a lectrolab amp

Postby thebluesbox » Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:10 pm

Isnt the music master a lot more watts?
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Re: Heads up on a lectrolab amp

Postby angerboy » Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:48 am

I suppose. It's a 100% increase in wattage. There are two forms of the amp. Both put out about 12 watts. One with a pair of 6AQ5 power tubes and another with a pair of 6V6's. I think one of the 6V6 versions might make a killer little harp amp with the right speaker.
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Re: Heads up on a lectrolab amp

Postby bosco » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:06 pm

one of the 6V6 versions might make a killer little harp amp with the right speaker.

It does. 12 tube watts, point to point wiring and only two knobs- tone and volume. What else do you need? The original speaker was long since missing when I acquired the amp and it had a cheesey Realistic replacement. I just put a Utah 12 inch Alnico in it that came from a Gulietti Accordian amp (essentially a Magnatone 440) and it sounds awesome. I have found that speakers voiced for organ and accordian make perfect harp speakers. What you want to look for is a very small voice coil about the size of a quarter or less. They seem to have to have a longer throw so you can cut through the stage mix without needing mega-watts. As you know, more amp watts doesn't always give the breakup/overdrive harpers are seeking.

here's a link to the Musicmaster thread-

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5679

The cab is the same width as a Princeton, but taller to accomodate a 12 in speaker. The Musicmaster blows the Champ away on total range and bottom end, I gig with it all of the time without having to mic it. I've got a 6x9 in the Pignose G40V right now and it really squawks with the 40 watts, but I'd have to say the Musicmaster has a better bottom end... a bit tough to compare the two, totally different animals.

If I had $300.00 bucks to drop on an amp, I'd buy a Musicmaster before the Pignose, there's usually several on E-Bay in that price range. They're easier to work on, sound better and will have a much higher resale value.

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