The calendar has fired me up for next year, the search never ends. I've found a couple of amps I've been searching for for years. I've had 2 great Twin Reverbs during my career. The 1st was a 72' I used while in LA. Amp legend Red Rhodes went through it and gave it a tune up. I put JBLs in it and anyone who ever used it, wanted to buy it. I traded it even for a new Peavey KB 300. I was touring with Pake McIntire and needed a smaller, all in one keyboard amp. The Twin was getting torn up on the road, the amp deserved better. The 2nd, a 76' I found in Sioux Falls while out with Garth, mint, w/cover. Traded it for a Prophet 5 Rev 3.3 synth, no brainer. Susan gave me a free pass on my birthday for an amp and did not waste the opportunity. I found a 70' Twin, AA270 circuitry, little rough cosmetically, but sounds great! Got a new aged baffle from Larry Rodgers and cleaned it up. I would not be afraid to put this one up against any Twin Reverb!
1970 Fender Twin Reverb
Another rare color, a Cascade Kustom 2-12" combo. This is an Ebay find I got in rough shape. It needed grill cloth, casters, and vinyl patching, it came out great. Great sounding amp I use to practice piano with on my Motif. The kids fuss when I practice the grand upstairs, the nerve!
Kustom Cascade K100-7
I have had a 67' blackface Dual Showman head for several years. Tall 67' blackface cabinets are rare and hard to find. I finally found one here in Nashville. Even though it's rougher than I would like, I bought it empty and put JBL K130s in it. You may have noticed, the head looks different than the calendar. The original grill cloth was ripped and stained. I found some NOS blackface grill and put it on the head. I'll save the original but it looks better with the new. Killer amp!
1967 Fender Dual Showman w/ JBL K130s
I'm a huge Standel founder, Bob Crooks fan. I know he was at Barcus Berry in the late 70s but Dan McKinney wasn't sure if he designed this model. This is a 50 watt 2-10" speaker with an early parametric eq with mid sweep, adjustable input gain plus reverb, way ahead of it's time, had to be Bob. Sounds great with my 76' Blue Barcus fiddle, imagine that! Found it on Ebay at Gravity Music, had to rescue it!
Barcus Berry 1720 acoustic amp
Seems like I'm getting closer to having a complete set of Fender amps. I found a 75' Super Reverb here in Nashville on Craig's List. This on was pretty rough both cosmetically and sonically. Reglued, cleaned up the cabinet, and regrilled it. Not very happy with the new turquoise grill but will replace it when I find something better. Had my amp guru, Jon Davidson go through it. He did caps an cleaned up some soldier joints. Nice sounding amp. I lack a Vibrolux, something to look forward to!
1975 Super Reverb
I've got a couple more but need to do some work on them. I'll close this page with another Kustom. This is a Cascade 200 PA. It's an early 69' even though it says Ross, the speakers are early 69' CTS. Notice the more defined green color compared with the 100 combo in the picture. This is the result of bar smoke! With this PA, I have 3 sets of Kustom amps.
1969 Kustom Cascade 200 PA