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Sup guys, I lurk here often and felt like it was time for a NGD (not enough of these!)
More of a new gear month really, and we all love gear porn right? Please excuse the iphone 4 camera :p
To kick things off, scored a bunnings voucher for Christmas and decided there were two things I really needed. The dude was also kind enough to give me the voucher change in cash!

Yep, bunnings charge a fortune for their velcro but the stuff is good and I didn't need a 10cm x 5m roll this time. And vise grips is handy when holding wires etc still for soldering...

Next up, the beloved SD-1. Lord knows why I went MIJ when the MIT is pretty much exactly the same internally (I am not a snob) but their is one yt shootout where it sounds a hair better / clearer / whatever and i found a good deal on ebay so meh. I have to say that it sounds a lot nicer to my ears when I compared it to my OD9pro+. Im mainly using it into a bassman or a plexi so the extra mids aren't really needed anymore. (the OD9 was great into my blackface)

Next up is more old BOSS goodness from the 80s, the CS-2. Once again (as usually occurs with old boss pedals) I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Bought it not expecting much and it really sounds a lot nicer than my script dyna comp, but that may just be a personal taste as I don't chicken pick.. The CS-2 is very clear and noise is surprisingly not an issue until the sustain knob is cranked; as expected.

Bassman LTD reissue
I read a LOT of opinions on these online and played it in the store for a good hour or so before making up my mind. I am fairly skeptical toward modern fender build quality etc but so far I am really loving this amp. Important to point out that getting a victoria shipped to perth WA at the current dismal AUD value was out of the question. This one cost me $2k AUD new from a shop which I thought was reasonable. The stock speakers get a bit of hate but I think they just need to cop a beating for a while. It is true that they have some ugly high end at first but I think this will diminish slightly in time. The dude in the shop let me crank it and everything which was uncommon for most shops around here.

I chucked these in it

and this in v1

The tungsols made less difference that I thought, but reduced some of the highs and it breaks up a bit smoother now. I browsed the world of NOS but really don't have the cash to venture into that domain just now .
The EHX 12ay7 actually blew me away. Let me say that I kinda hate EHX for their dodgy pedal build quality and was therefore wary of their tubes. But alas, this thing lowered the noise floor of the amp considerably, and it takes od / fuzz a lot better now. With the amp dimed, it is near dead-quiet; not bad for such a cheap tube. I did take a punt on a NOS 5U4 that was cheap which I'm still waiting on so shall see how that goes. Also have a Gold Lion 12ax7 on the way for V2 and a JJ for V3. The amp guts weren't half bad, certainly better than my plexi reissue.
Some other goings on..
Decided to rehouse my mojo vibe

and not a new pedal but just wanted to throw some love out there for my trusty mobius. It has been good to me for around 3 years now and has always played nice at gigs. I have AB'd it verrrrry loud against a CE-2, script phase 90, mojo vibe etc and performed very well. I wouldn't say either pedal was 'better', but the mobius can match these analog greats so closely, with added functionality so keeping it on the board has been a no brainer. The TGP threads are still a good read.
Last edited by 7thString at Jan 9, 2015,
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warmoth partscaster

Finally, a BYOC large beaver i made and totally ****ed the graphics on.

Got sick of my own terrible graphics, and managed to fetch $200 for it on ebay
Peace
Last edited by 7thString at Jan 8, 2015,
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Nice haul.

The EHX 12AY7 isn't bad at all actually. Good thing too because nobody else makes 'em.

If you want to tame the top end, just throw some JJ's at it.
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The missus did not get it at all.
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If you want to tame the top end, just throw some JJ's at it.

Thanks for the tip - I have read that JJ's are often a bit darker but hadn't thought of that

Also, will the 5U4 act to lower the plate voltage in any way? I measured it to something silly like 450v and the tungsols are supposedly rated for 400V... According to the tube store this isn't a problem with a tube rec and the only worry is frying some 1W resistors from the extra heater current.. As you can tell i'm no tech
Last edited by 7thString at Jan 9, 2015,
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nice scores there
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Different 5U4's can alter the voltage - but not by very much.
Gilchrist custom
Yamaha SBG500
Telecasters
Randall RM100 & RM20
Marshall JTM45 clone
Marshall JCM900 4102 (modded)
Marshall 18W clone
Fender 5F1 Champ clone
Atomic Amplifire
Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


Cathbard Amplification
My band
#9
Quote by Cathbard
Different 5U4's can alter the voltage - but not by very much.

The handle on the bassman broke today. 2nd time I've moved it anywhere, luckily I was carrying it upstairs so it didn't fall far. But seriously, Fender, lift your ****ing game. If there's one thing not to cheap out on...