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Author:  dev664 [ Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:16 am ]
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I came across a rickenbacker tr7 amp, but I also like a gibson scout and a gretsch 6150 which i found in the same price range. Which amp would sound best for a rickenbacker guitar? (please dont say the rick JUST because this is a rickenbacker forum)

Author:  DaleFortune [ Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:09 am ]
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Play all 3 and buy the one you like the best.

Author:  mantamusicman [ Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:33 am ]
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Hi,

Yes, I would agree with Dale. You've got to play them all preferably with YOUR guitars and see what shape they are in. Turn them up good to make sure the speakers are in good shape and test all the function knobs to make sure all circuits and/or tubes are working.

Once you've gone through the tests, then pick the best working amp that's giving you the sound want.

Best,

MMM

Author:  RicA [ Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:00 am ]
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I've got a TR25 and a Model M-8. Both play very well considering their age. The TR25 has the best spring reverb I've ever heard and although there is a little buzz in the M-8 it still works very well.

Author:  JohnHall [ Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:09 am ]
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I will say that the TR-7 was the most popular amp we ever produced. It simply doesn't sound like 7 watts but like something much larger.

Author:  dev664 [ Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:44 am ]
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thanks for all the response, for now im going with the rick, but if i don't like it, i could always get the gibson...

Author:  Kez [ Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:10 pm ]
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Quote:
thanks for all the response, for now im going with the rick, but if i don't like it, i could always get the gibson...
Or you could get a Triumph TR-7! They don't come with a road case but you can get a cloth or plastic cover.

I got one in Brooklands Green, a lighter shade of British Racing Green, it's a 1981 with black and chrome hardware, vintage controls and with only 4, er, cylinders it goes and sounds like the hammers!!!

It's just as much fun as any Rick to use and just as reliable, while it is easier to keep 'in tune' than most Gibsons I have owned! :-)

Cheers, Kez

Author:  ElectroCapri [ Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:13 pm ]
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Try to find an old '50's Rick M-11, one of my favorite recording amps.

Author:  kd4tsc [ Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:06 pm ]
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Buy the RIC.

Author:  BlueAngel [ Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:03 am ]
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I will say that the TR-7 was the most popular amp we ever produced. It simply doesn't sound like 7 watts but like something much larger.
I've never even seen one let alone played one, but I just had a look at the schematic, and notice that unlike almost all modern solid-state amps (even small ones), it doesn't have a symetrical split-rail power supply, but a single-ended one, with a large reservoir cap and a coupling cap on the output (which is necessary in such a scheme). The old Acoustic bass amps were like this too, and they also sound HUGE, especially considering when they were made and their rated power, compared to modern bass amps - and even more remarkably, they sound good overdriven, which is not a normal characteristic of solid-state power sections.

So I was wondering... does the power supply and coupling cap arrangement have something to do with this? At a guess, both things would make the output more like that of a tube amp, which also has a single-ended power supply and an output transformer which (like a large electrolytic coupling cap) cannot pass either high frequencies very well or DC at all. And which also sound very loud for their rated power compared to typical solid-state amps...

Just a theory! I do like the sound of really old-school solid-state amps though, more (and unfashionably) than modern ones. Apologies if this is a bit too technical for this forum.

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