[Harp-L] Re: Bought my first Harp amp!
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Re: Bought my first Harp amp!
- From: "Steve Power" <stevepower@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:28:36 -0500
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You might be interested to know that from from 1964 to 1982 Fender never
changed the circuit of the Champ. The circuit is so simple for once Fender
realized it works so don't fix it. The only changes were cosmetic, i.e. the
"blackface" of the 60s which changed to "silverface", the one you've got, in
the late 60s. Even though the circuits are the same and sonically identical
the "blackface" versions command considerable more money due to being more
desirable to collectors.
BTW, swapping out for a Weber may or may not be good idea. Fender swapped
speaker brands over the years and off the top of my head don't know what was
used in '74. If it has an original Jensen, I'd keep it. The original Jensens
are legendary for good reason. If you did want to change, I would go for
the Weber 8A100 rather than the 8A125 unless you want to go for a somewhat
cleaner sound, which kind of defeats the point of a Champ. The 125 would
work fine but is more speaker than is required. In my Kalamazoo, which is a
similar low wattage amp, I swapped the original 10" CTS for a 10A100. I
found the Weber gave a little more headroom before breakup and was also a
bit louder. If you buy the Weber new, order the harp dust cap.
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