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Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:29 pm
by maxx england
A wha? Yup, Hacker Gondolier. What I have acquired is the auxiliary amp to turn a 60s record player into stereo. Volume, 2 x tone and an oval speaker. Somewhere about 7w nominally, but I ran an o/d pedal through it and nobody's told it it's meant to be 7w.

Tone - Elmore/Houndog, somewhere between them. Am I happy? Oh yes.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-HACKER-RE ... 3efd9810e5

Who else has non guitar gear that they use?

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:42 pm
by leftyguitarman
You're gonna play a guitar through this? Never would have thought of it.

As far as non guitar gear, I play through a Leslie cabinet. It wasn't intended for guitar use but many people use them anyway.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:59 pm
by jeffl
There's a guy who runs a musical tech shop down in LaCrosse Wisconsin who specializes in picking up old tabletop stereos and turning 'em into harp amps. He makes alotta cool stuff. The harper in his band gigs with one and it kicks big booty. I've heard of guys convertin' old Bell & Howell movie projector amps for harp use too. All tube stuff.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:47 am
by ricochet
George "Harmonica" Smith started playing his harp through a movie projector amp in 1941. Some claim he was the first to blow amplified harp.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:20 pm
by rustyslide
leftyguitarman wrote:You're gonna play a guitar through this? Never would have thought of it.


Tube amp is a tube amp. It wasn't until solid state came along that hi-fi amps became unsuitable for guitar.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:07 pm
by ricochet
Lots of great guitar and harp amps have been made out of old tube PA systems.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:10 pm
by LesFromChicago
[quote="rustyslide... It wasn't until solid state came along that hi-fi amps became unsuitable for guitar.[/quote]


6 or 7 years ago I played guitar thru a chepo (Lloyd's) solid state record player/am-fm radio/8-track tape combo, killed the poor thing, but it was better than nothing while it lasted.

Once during the mid-1970s I tried to use a television set for a guitar amp, I did not know about shorting out that thingy in there as a safety precauition, that thing that holds charge even long after the unit is unplugged; accidently shorted it out with my arm; arm and fingers were nearly numb for a day or two; put that TV back in the alley where I found it.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:04 pm
by jeffl
At least you can say that you played on TV once. I've never done that. :roll:

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:19 pm
by maxx england
Les, I re read the thing about the tv, that's a mega capacitor in there. Can you answer a question for me? Did you live?

The Hacker - ran the old acoustic with no name pickup through a Behringer OD100 pedal the level and tones high, mode all the way to od instead of distort and the drive down low. Turned the Hacker up full, the sound is somewhere between Houndog Taylor and Utah Smith. Am I a happy bunny? The noise is so genuinely old fashioned, parts of me are turning black.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:28 pm
by ricochet
Basically everyone who's worked on TVs has zapped themselves with the picture tube's stored charge, and everybody who's fooled with tube amps much has felt the B+ voltage. It's harder to electrocute yourself than some think. Can be done, though.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:35 pm
by zhyla
ricochet wrote:Basically everyone who's worked on TVs has zapped themselves with the picture tube's stored charge, and everybody who's fooled with tube amps much has felt the B+ voltage. It's harder to electrocute yourself than some think. Can be done, though.


Haven't fondled the B+ yet... but then I'm somewhat careful:

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I fixed up a little V-M square dancing amp for my uncle once. Nice little 6V6 push-pull amp. AMAZING clean sound. It was designed to amplify a record player on one channel and a microphone (for the square dance caller) on the other.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:12 pm
by ricochet
Yeah, you need to save the B+ fondling for something more worthwhile, +425V or so.

Sounds like a nice amp!

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:35 pm
by maxx england
Truly things are bigger in America! I thought I was doing well if I got to fondle a 34B.

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:00 pm
by ricochet
A bush in the hand is worth...

Re: Hacker Gondolier

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:15 pm
by maxx england
Less than a hand in the bush.

Boom Boom!