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Ned Ward

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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #50 on: July 07, 2014, 09:32:24 am »

Looks like a SF Showman on top of those Showman cabs - I think he used Fender a lot in the studio (Voodoo Chile, Wind Cries Mary) so great to hear him pushing those Fenders for all they're worth!
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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #51 on: July 07, 2014, 09:35:31 am »

Thanks Bob. Speaker should be here by next week. In the meantime, will get the Jensen reissue out and on eBay to get a few bucks...

Bob - speaker arrived Thursday, so after pulling the chassis was able to swap out the Jensen for the Kendrick. The speaker lead was soldered on, so I brought it over to my normal guitar/amp shop for that, but also so he could hear it with the new speaker; he knows the sound of that Jensen and was blown away (as was I) by the Blackframe Kendrick. Totally worth it! Amp now sings at 7-8 and breaks up beautifully. Will be using it in practice later this week and can't wait!

Bob, thanks again for your invaluable advice.
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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #52 on: July 07, 2014, 12:42:29 pm »

You're welcome Ned, and please keep me up to date. If we ever work together on Deluxe it's the 12" model that frosts the cake. I can build you a Deluxe that will leave you speechless for about a week.
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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #53 on: July 08, 2014, 12:48:56 pm »

My buddy sent this to me in a text a couple of minutes ago and I thought it belonged here and that Bob would like it:



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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #54 on: July 08, 2014, 11:12:56 pm »

Outstanding Tommy, thanks.
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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #55 on: July 08, 2014, 11:25:53 pm »

Put the Vibrochamp to work tonight.  Sounds like a much larger amp. 
Has an edge to the sound that didn't sag even after 3 hours of playing.
Almost a brown sound, but not really.  Pretty darn happy with it so far. 

Need to change out the speaker I'm using though.
The one in the cab is an 8 ohm Warehouse G12C/S
I'm sure the amp will prefer the 4 ohm Warehouse G12C

It's very quiet, no hum/hiss/buzz/rattle.
Great work Bob.  Thank you!

I will report back after spending more time and trying different speakers out.
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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #56 on: July 09, 2014, 01:46:20 am »

I will only post this link once because now we're getting a little too deep into the "secret sauce". PM Ned he'll give you his opinion on the one he just installed.

And thanks again Steve for the kind words.

http://www.kendrick-amplifiers.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=KOS&Product_Code=KEN0603-Spk-12BL&Category_Code=12
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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #57 on: July 09, 2014, 05:33:02 am »

My buddy sent this to me in a text a couple of minutes ago and I thought it belonged here and that Bob would like it:



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Re: The Fender amplifier wars - Everyone is welcome..
« Reply #58 on: July 27, 2014, 11:04:33 pm »

I have been using the Champ head for a couple weeks now at band practice.  Am currently running it through a Warehouse G12C in a wedge cabinet.  Have it mic'd with a Beyer M-88 pointed at the cone half way between the center and edge.  Running the amp about 5 on the volume, 8 on treble and 4-6 on bass.  (I play 99% of the time on the neck pickup so I run my amp fairly bright)  If I turn to 6 or 6.5, the amp will start to compress a bit and dynamics start to reduce.  5 seems to retain 90% of the amps headroom but heats the tubes enough for some tube bounce

My guitar tone in my ears is the best its been since we started w/IEM's, I'm super happy with it.   

I have been able to get other amps to sound decent with a little boost turned on, but the clean sound has been lifeless.  The champ sounds good clean with nothing pushing it.  And I think using a low wattage amp is allowing the speaker to not heat up and sag like it did after 3 hours of a 40 watt Vibrolux pounding it.

Excellent work Bob.  Excellent.  Thank you again!






Having a crazy weekend!  Sound gig after gig after.... 
I did plug it in long enough to make sure it powers up
Have not had a chance to put it through it's paces
Will spend time with it tomorrow and Tuesday the band rehearses so I'll know the important stuff then (if it maintains headroom after heating up and being thrashed for an hour straight)

All that said, I know Bob's work.  I have no doubt what t will sound like.  Awesome.
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« Reply #59 on: July 28, 2014, 12:01:01 am »

I'm glad your happy Steve. Those are the results I was hoping for. Any questions, etc. call me.
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