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Re: crackly, scratchy sound from amp
10/12/2004 8:04 PM
David Mackie (11066) wrote:
This isn't a highly regarded amp by Fender traditionalists, but afaik it's a Rivera design and fairly well constructed; certainly more rugged than current Fenders other than the reissues. The Music-Go-Round near me currently has one on hand, and I think it's a dandy unit, with all the power you'll most likely ever need and pretty good to excellent high-gain sounds depending on what you like. The tone controls are extremely flexible. Where it's sound is deficient imho is in that bluesy, transition from clean to dirty zone that many players covet. A good blues type overdrive pedal like a Tube Screamer would cover that pretty well. If I were in the market for an amp right now, that unit at @$300 would be on my very short list of final candidates. In fact, with it's power amp input, (to use with my Yamaha modeling preamp) I'm seriously toying with the idea of getting it anyway.
I think it's worth the likely expense of repairs. The input jack is an easy repair while they have it open, and the footswitch should not be difficult either. The amp techs could easily rig one up for you. You may want to find out what price they typically sell for in your area to see what your price limit for repairs would be, but since you didn't pay for it in the first place, it should be worth a healthy chunk o' money to get it working right. I don't think you'll find a comparable amp for anywhere near as little as you're likely to pay for getting it fixed.