Vintage Sound Amps V15

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Vintage Sound Amps V15

Unread post by Mimasu » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:54 pm

Did some cleaning up by selling some non vintage guitars. Thought it was a good idea to spend the money on something that always makes me very happy: a new amp :) .

I normally don't buy brand new stuff and for some time I doubted between buying a real vintage Fender Princeton Reverb or a modern clone, but I couldn't let this one go: A Vintage Amps V15.

Completely handwired in the US with high grade components. It's basically a Princeton Reverb with some upgrades: added mid control, 12" speaker, a longer reverb can, and external bias measuring points. All tubes are TAD's.
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Here together with my old tubed love, a Tone King Metropolitan:
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Re: Vintage Sound Amps V15

Unread post by Miks » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:31 pm

A really nice amp - but I can't for the life of me understand why they placed the On/Off and Standby switches on the backside of that amp! 8O :naughty:
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Re: Vintage Sound Amps V15

Unread post by NYGeorge » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:40 pm

That's a lot of creamy goodness! Bet it sounds sweet. Congrats
.And the Tone King has such a 50's vibe. Great pair.
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Re: Vintage Sound Amps V15

Unread post by Mimasu » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:46 pm

Miks wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:31 pm
but I can't for the life of me understand why they placed the On/Off and Standby switches on the backside of that amp!
Miks, must be a keyboardplayer thing. I grew up with Blackface and Silverface Fender amps and don't know better. Seems the only logical place for a switch you don't use only twice every gig.

Don't know if that is the reason though. Perhaps some production reason, or just not enough space on the front. I assume Leo Fender came up with that, and sure, he mostly was right :D.

If anyone out there knows the reason.... let us know.
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That's a lot of creamy goodness! Bet it sounds sweet. Congrats
.And the Tone King has such a 50's vibe. Great pair.
George, thanks.

The V15 has the sound I think we all know. The Metropolitan is special, very special. IMHO one of the best amps for clean ever made. Designed by Mark Bartel. He founded Tone KIng but sold and left a few years ago. Now he is taking tube amp building to a new dimension with Bartel Amps. Completely hand built by himself with extreme craftmanship. Played one a few months ago.

I hope he doesn't mind me posting a pic from his site, just to show the inside of a tube amp can be art:

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Re: Vintage Sound Amps V15

Unread post by Miks » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:00 pm

Mimasu wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:46 pm
Miks wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:31 pm
but I can't for the life of me understand why they placed the On/Off and Standby switches on the backside of that amp!
Miks, must be a keyboardplayer thing. I grew up with Blackface and Silverface Fender amps and don't know better. Seems the only logical place for a switch you don't use only twice every gig.
Not necessarily - I play keyboards as well as guitar in our oldie rock band - my guitar amp is a Fender too - a Fender Concert (together with a Fender 2x12 cabinet w/ Jensen speakers). The Concert indeed has the Power & Standby switches on the front plate...
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BTW - your amps looks very well hand-crafted!
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Re: Vintage Sound Amps V15

Unread post by NYGeorge » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:06 pm

Leon
You're right that circuit board is amazing. He must get into a serious zone to achieve results like that.
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Re: Vintage Sound Amps V15

Unread post by Mimasu » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:26 pm

Miks wrote:
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The Concert indeed has the Power & Standby switches on the front plate...
Yep, you got me there :think: .

But that Concert is an amp from the 'Rivera era'. And they had to wait till master Leo sold Fender 8) .

But you're right. Some older smaller amps like the first BF and SF Champs had their power switch on the front too.

Leon

BTW: I wished my amp looked like that inside. It are the guts of the lateset amps of Mark Bartel, the founder of Tone King.
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Re: Vintage Sound Amps V15

Unread post by Mimasu » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:25 pm

Update on my Vintage Sound V15. Played her a month now. Perhaps it's the breaking in of the speaker but the amps seems to sound better every day.

Must be becourse I'm an old guy playing guitar since a log time, but I've grown to like modelling amps. And yes I understand it's the easiest way to gig, etc, etc, etc.

But nothing can beat playing a fantastic tube amp :D

If you ever come across a Vintage Sound amp, plug in and play some.

Just one little disappointment: She doesn't smell like an old heated up Fender amp :(

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