#1
...I got an Amp that was made when I graduated H.S. and I'm proud of it!

I picked up "La Brava" from a studio in Staten Island. It was well gigged with and sounds very nice. I don't care if people say it's the poor mans Mark series. I consider it the Working Mans series. jaja.

I dig that it only has 2 channels but could be 3 with the push/pull feature of Ch1. It's definitely dusty and needs a good cleaning. I'm gonna do the basic dusting and cleaning myself. I also clean and lube the tubes and maybe the knob pots. He gave me some extra tubes but I may just pick a full retube set from JJ. I set up an Appt with my local Authorized Mesa repair place and I'm gonna bring her in for a formal evaluation and see if she needs any internal cleaning up or rewiring. As far as I can tell she looks ok aside from some rusted screws and a worn handstrap. By the time I'm done she'll look as good as new!

Here are some images.















I'm gonna clean her up and then give her a few test riffs and see if I can get a recording online.

Cheers!


JA
#2
Nice!

I kinda miss mine... the white tolex on it was pretty
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#3
Sweet grab. I want to try one out, I liked the Mark I had so I feel like this would do nicely.
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#4
Cool amp

I'd get a new set of tubes, Sovtek and EHX are not exactly great tubes
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#5
Quote by Robbgnarly
Cool amp

I'd get a new set of tubes, Sovtek and EHX are not exactly great tubes


Will do. Do you think a basic retube from Euro is a good change? I could always get the Mesa ones from GC?
#6
Mesa tubes are just rebranded tubes, like Groove Tubes, that are supposedly matched to be within range of the bias of Mesa amps... Just buy a set of whatever tubes you want and tell them it's going in a Mesa, they'll find you the right tubes to work with its bias.
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maybe you're not saying the right things? an amp likes to know you care.





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#11
Thanks folks. She's all clean now. Lots of dust I had to get out and clean off. I ordered a new handstrap, slip cover and footswitch from MB. I'll see about getting some Eurotubes from this week as well.

I wish it had that smart 5/25/50 power that the 50+ has. Does anyone know if that can be modded into the amp. This thing really wants to get loud...
#12
So, I decided to open her up and see if I can find a birthdate and how the circuit board is doing. It looks pretty darn clean. Board itself is very sturdy & heavy which is good. Wiring is tight & clean. Here's some pics. No date of production though. Just serial.





I noticed the CB name was DC-510A. Does that mean mine is a version A amp? I thought it was a B because of the foot switch selecter difference in the back.



I sprayed the board lightly with some compressed air to get some dust off. I Also took off the knobs to get some dust off & plan to spray the pots with some lube.

I read somewhere that it's ok to spray the entire board with Deoxit or isopropyl alcohol to clean it. Is that true? I have the radio shack version of Deoxit.



It has the same ingredients.



What do you think about cleaning it? I don't think it needs it but could it hurt?

Thanks!
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#13
If you want to know the date of production, you can send an e-mail to the Mesa customer support. Helped me identify an amp within the day. As posted in your other topic, HNAD!
#14
I use the Radio Shack Contact cleaner with NO LUBRICANT. Unless it is in a closed/sealed area (like the pots) dust will stick to the lubricant really bad. I also suggest using keyboard duster to clean most of the board.
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#15
Quote by Robbgnarly
I use the Radio Shack Contact cleaner with NO LUBRICANT. Unless it is in a closed/sealed area (like the pots) dust will stick to the lubricant really bad. I also suggest using keyboard duster to clean most of the board.


Thanks man. So, would you just use the non Lube version for the pots as well? I can exchange it since I haven't used it yet.

Do you mean a keyboard duster brush? Like this guy.

http://www.amazon.com/Pop-a-Doo-Keyboard-and-Computer-Brush/dp/B002XNMVGI


JA
#16
I wouldn't spray anything on the board unless it was really really bad. Yours seems to be fine. Like Robb said, the lubricant will ultimately collect more dust so even in a potentiometer it is not the best idea unless it is really bad. Are you the guy with the scratchy Presence knob?

Cool gut shots though - thanks for sharing.

We need to find that Gut Shots thread and bump it.