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15 Sep Playing “Clean” An Original Schaffer Vega Diversity at Borghesani’s/Cloe Guitars

It’s a little, foolish video we did the other day at the Lab.

I had heard suddenly  Daniel’s (the singer)  voice (he was silently and diligently working to some amp internals and at some point he went “Oh Ba-by!”) and I thought to myself “Woah there. Good singer”.

So I asked him to do a little blues jingle for 2 minutes.

I took the chance to play my Schaffer Vega with it.

Guitar is latest Luca’s (Cloe Guitars) 1959 Replica done to exacting specs. Great guitar.

Enjoy?

 

Fil 😉

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14 Sep The Sound Of The Schaffer Vega Diversity (Back in Black)

I know… I know! But you knew that I can’t get enough of it. It’s my passion, my torment, my obsession. And the most sold album worldwide, as well.

Well., let me update you a bit about what has been going on behind the curtains recently.

I knew – directly from Mr. Schaffer – that the “Angus Young” era of the Schaffer Vega came with a Receiver AND a specific type of transmitter.

It was the X10 – naturally – but a specific type of X10. It had (has) a black knob instead of the flat screw of the later models. I really wanted THAT X10 (because I knew that that would give me the sound I was looking for).

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X10s with Black Knob (more…)

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13 Sep “Back in Black” Tone Attempt (Cetec Vega Diversity)

I am silent, but that doesn’t mean I am not working. Hectically, actually (replica Schaffer, performances, new ideas, etc.).

I have studied more in depth and tried more experiments.

Here’s my latest attempt.

Hoping you’ll enjoy it,

 

Fil :)

Back in Black Cetec Vega FRONT Boost Latest Attempt

 

PS It was recorded with the Cetec Vega – not the Schaffer – as both my working units are at the lab!

 

 

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11 Sep “Why AC/DC Matters” (By Anthony Bozza)

While “Bozza” in Italian means “Draft”, this book ain’t no draft at all. THIS is THE real book which finally (about time!) explains what I have been trying to say for several years.

I am so glad someone like Mr. Bozza has dedicated time and energy to writing this.

 

Strongly suggested purchase (I bought the eBook last night and have almost finished it already).

Yours,

 

Fil :)

 

 

If you want to give it a sample read before you buy it, here it is:

 

Sample Read

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11 Sep The PTP vs PCB post

I found this one at the website below, quite interresting! :)

http://www.geofex.com/article_folders/pt-to-pt/pt-to-pt.htm

Ever hear this one?

“Get a point-to-point wired amp – those PCB amps are no good. They just don’t have the tone they did in the old days.”

The deeper you dig into this issue, the more repair techs you’ll find that say that PCB amps are no good. They’ll give explanations involving things like tiny traces run too close together, and the capacitance leaking signal from place to place and then make the leap that this somehow spoils the tone of the amp. Is this bit of folk wisdom right?

Yes and no. The short version of the answer is this:
There is no technical reason that PCB amps *can’t* be every bit as good as point-to-point wired amps – or stripboard wired amps, which is what the grizzled techs usually refer to. However, there are some serious reliability (not tone!) shortcomings in most of the PCB based amps that have been put on the market; this is the origin of this folk myth.

At the bottom of both sides of this question is self-interest. On the side of the amp makers, most of the time the PCB conversion is done as part of a cost saving measure; the same motive to change to PCB’s also drives changing to cheaper practices and parts all around. This most often gives worse tone. They’re doing less than the best they could, for money. (more…)

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