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In this video we indulge ourselves in some cornerstones of guitar amplification history. It was made possible by one kind TPS viewer, who got in touch to tell us about his collection of vintage beauties… and made them available to borrow!
Johnny, we thank you on behalf of the whole TPS audience. And massive thanks for us too – this was a trip!
Dan and I do our best to ask relevant questions and try different things, but to be honest, the whole thing was a bit of a blur. Questions you might have…
Q: Aaaarrgghhh! Why didn’t you try them against new examples?
A: We had too much to get through, but take it as read that these old amps don’t really sound like the modern reissues… plus the old ones can sound very different between examples.
Q: That amp doesn’t sound like mine – it must be broken?
A: Don’t think so… but old amps differ significantly. They’ve been around for decades, repaired and so on. They’re clearly not all the same.
Q: How were the amps mic’d?
A: Our usual combination of Royer/Sontronics ribbons and Neumann condensers on the amps, plus the mid-side pair of AKG C414 XLII in the room.
Q: Is the phasing of Super Reverb and Vibratone off?
A: Sounds like it, doesn’t it? Mick here. I checked it and checked it and checked it. The opposing phase choices were all worse. Something odd was happening – maybe somebody out there knows – but we just went with it anyway. Adding the Bassman in really helped.
Q: Why didn’t you try… //insert all the things we didn’t try here//
A: Sometimes you have to be happy with what you have, rather than sad at what you don’t.