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    I've been on the hunt for a Vibrolux for a while. I checked out a reissue at one point but there was a ghost in the machine. The silverface were in my price range and decided to search out a decent '76, the year I was born. Got this one.
    It needs caps and power tubes...and the speakers reconed.
    But I love it! And my wife thinks the color of the lettering is cute. So there's that...
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    I like the silverfaces better than the blackface sound, generally speaking (amps do vary, of course). I have a 1972 Pro Reverb that is a wonderful sounding amp, although with 2 JBL K120s, it doesn't sound quite original and it weighs quite a bit more.

    Congratulations and enjoy your new amp!
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    my favorite amp for smaller gigs is a blackface VR, though I normally use blackface Twins for the extra juice on most gigs.
    enjoy it...

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    I have an early '80s VR, which doesn't look nearly as nice as yours. Reconing the speakers didn't help much, if at all. They just sounded bad. Eminence Cannabis Rex speakers made a dramatic difference to me. I bought the amp used in the early '90s, and mostly it just sat, because I didn't like the sound of it. Recently I changed the speakers, and now I actually play through it occasionally.

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    nice..looks clean cosmetically...solid amp...

    a pair of jj 6l6's are nice power tubes for it

    congrats & enjoy

    cheers

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    Nice! VRs are great. Now you'll sound just like Peter Bernstein.

    John

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    It's funny, back in the day no one wanted VRs, everyone liked Twins, Pros and Deluxes for combo amps, you could barely give a VR away.
    Then in the 90s they started catching on and became about the hottest Fender, though Princetons and Deluxes have really surged in recent yrs.

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    A Vibrolux Reverb was the amp of choice for the late, great Roy Buchanan, IIRC. You are in good company. Congratulations, and play it in good health!
    Best regards, k

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon View Post
    It's funny, back in the day no one wanted VRs, everyone liked Twins, Pros and Deluxes for combo amps, you could barely give a VR away.
    Then in the 90s they started catching on and became about the hottest Fender, though Princetons and Deluxes have really surged in recent yrs.
    its all part of the trend towards lighter more portable amps...the generation of tube amp lovers is gettin olde my friend!!

    vibrolux is like mini twin..half the power tubes and 2-10's instead of 12's...and that's even big for most nowadays..abt 50 lbs...but two 6l6's is really a great thing..not nearly as gritty as the 6v6s used by deluxe and princeton...you can stay loud and clean that much better

    the right 10" speakers are also essential...lotsa great choices these days...really makes a huge difference..in tone, volume and weight!!

    fender went through lots of different speaker makers in those days...some of them not so great!

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic View Post
    its all part of the trend towards lighter more portable amps...the generation of tube amp lovers is gettin olde my friend!!

    vibrolux is like mini twin..half the power tubes and 2-10's instead of 12's...and that's even big for most nowadays..abt 50 lbs...but two 6l6's is really a great thing..not nearly as gritty as the 6v6s used by deluxe and princeton...you can stay loud and clean that much better

    the right 10" speakers are also essential...lotsa great choices these days...really makes a huge difference..in tone, volume and weight!!

    fender went through lots of different speaker makers in those days...some of them not so great!

    cheers
    Exactly, though VRs came w Oxfords '64 to late '65, then Jensens late '65 through '66, back to Oxfords in '67.
    To me the brown and gold label Jensens are the best, very full and rich sounding, they're all I use including the 12" version in blackface Twins.
    Twins had Jensens in '64, Oxfords in '65, back to Jensens in '66 and back to Oxfords in '68.
    But you could special order a Twin w JBLs.
    Leo must have gotten a deal on Jensens in '66 and '67.

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    ^ absolutely wm, but by '76...they were using last of cts, and utahs, and early eminence...& ceramic mags not alnico...

    the once mighty jbl d series (and even k) alnicos long gone!

    today the choices are great!!..can get just about anything...but a good alnico jbl d series clone!!..too costly!

    cheers

    ps- leo sold fender in jan '65...cbs "negotiated" for those jensens!! haha

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    This one has Oxfords that need to be replaced. I'm open to suggestions on speakers...there are so many options it's overwhelming.
    I haven't tried a whole lot of speakers. I have an alnico Weber in my 5e3 kit that I I've been happy with. A Tone Tubby red alnico in my 65 Amps Tupelo. Like that too. No experience with 10's though.

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    Depends on what sound you're going for. If you like clean a Weber 10F-150 is probably a better speaker than any of the old speakers that came stock in VRs

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    "
    ps- leo sold fender in jan '65...cbs "negotiated" for those jensens!! haha"

    good point, probably explains why you're still seeing Oxfords through '65 as they used up their old stock


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    yes really subjective...what direction you want to take the amp in...i like alnico speakers...especially modern celestion..they have tight deep resonant low end..not boomy...flat mids and nice highs..they are also efficient so you get max volume for your watts...they can also stay clean until pushed..

    tone tubby is in your area..they make great alnicos too..

    many choices..some even use 2 different types in a combo...

    its a trial and error rabbithole...good luck and have fun!!!

    cheers

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    I'd like tight punchy bass...one of the appealing features of 10s in general.
    I'd like some volume...so something fairly efficient.
    And I don't want anything that will detract from the Fender-ish characteristics.
    I have tended to lean toward alnico over the years, but I'm not committed to that.

    I was considering Tone Tubby 40/40s. Or maybe the Weber 10F150H or 10A150H. I do like the smoother highs that I associate with hemp cones.

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    I put a TT40/40 in a Princeton Reverb. I originally bought it to place into a 2-10 Fender Concert because the (Fender labelled) Eminence Legend 1058 's were very strident and too bold. I wanted to tone it down.
    But before I put it into the Concert, I tried it in the PR. It was horrible - killed the tone of a great PR. So I put it in the Concert and it balanced the other speaker Brilliantly. One punchy, and one mellow! What a beautiful full and woody sound, with definition.

    The leftover Eminence went into the PR, and again, miraculous tone with increased efficiency.
    In my Princeton Reverb II, I use the Eminence Allessandro 64 (?) It's a 12 inch. Beautiful old Jensenish tone.
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    lastly, as i wrote ^..its a rabbit-hole..to each his own..

    but, don't equate celestion with non fender british tone..they currently make a vast great line of speakers...and their alnicos are amongst the best ever...


    regardless of us/uk tone speculation...don't dismiss based on that..their golds, ruby and creambacks are all worth serious consideration..for any amp!

    cheers

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    These are killer amps, everything sounds great through them! I played through one at a gig recently and i remembered why people carry these big Fenders...! Enjoy it!

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    I ordered a pair of the Eminence GA10-SC64 to try. They get good reviews, aren't too expensive, and should give me a chance to hear what I'm working with.

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    Whoa, daddy! The early-70s, six-knob SF Vibrolux is a terrific amplifier. You can get a GREAT tone from this amplifier. I used to have this and a similar vintage Pro Reverb. The PR was the better amp for a single-coil Fender guitar, but the VR was the amp to couple with a Gibson equipped with humbuckers. The two 10" speakers suit the response of the humbucking pickups very nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morroben View Post
    And my wife thinks the color of the lettering is cute. So there's that...
    The stars were aligned for you, my friend. Just curious, was it local, or did you have to have it shipped?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Sound View Post
    The stars were aligned for you, my friend. Just curious, was it local, or did you have to have it shipped?
    It was shipped. I hardly ever find decent gear locally. I kinda paid up for it, and shipping adds to that...but it was the right year and clean.

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    Looks like a nice clean example. Congrats.

    Regarding speakers, I've had luck with Eminence. Lots of choices and they won't break the bank. Cannabis Rex, as already recommended, may be perfect. The Legends are supposedly good for Fenders as well if you want to keep the same vibe. I called them once and they were very helpful in making a choice.