Friday, August 13, 2021

Bill's Build

 My friend, Bill, is the one with the tools and know-how for my "Fantasy Project."

Somehow this planted the seed in his noggin that blossomed into his own case of Silvertone Fever.  

The first step was to track down a vintage 1484 amplifier:

Amp delivered!

Amp unboxed

This was a raw chassis, with no tubes or even the case. He set about grabbing a schematic off the internet and going through the 50+ year old components. Capacitors and resistors were replaced along with the power cord, fuse holder and filter condenser.

No case? No problem!

Tricky front trim pieces were made.

Fitting the rough pieces together.

Now, what about the speaker cabinet? The 1484 originally had a twin-twelve set-up; that is is two 12" speakers.  My mother-in-law was happy to donate two vintage 10" speakers from her late husband's estate. Bill was so thrilled he actually sent her flowers!

Two of these RCA 400 speakers donated for the cause.

Look at that sweet 10"! Is it a Weber?

Time to layout that speaker cabinet, son!

The amp stores in the back of the cabinet, natch!

Then, to transplant the handles from the 10" speaker boxes onto the amp and speaker cabinets.

Boy, oh boy!  Much left to do: rout out the holes in the speaker baffle, cover the boxes with that sweet grey vinyl, stretch the speaker cloth and the like. But it's coming along pretty great, don't you think?


Blogger Unknown said...

100% badass awesomeness. I thought it had 6 tens tho? Either way that thing is gonna scream!

August 13, 2021 2:29 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

The 1484 was the twin twelve version. I had the 1485, which was the six x 10" version.

August 14, 2021 7:39 AM  

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