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ORANGE ASD30 COMBO Faulty ??
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goddardo
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:53 am    Post subject: ORANGE ASD30 COMBO Faulty ?? Reply with quote

Hi.

I have a possible opportunity to buy a faulty Orange AD30 Combo quite cheap.
It just stopped working, but I'm worried it could be major a problem,
or simply just a fuse.
The seller say's he hasn't tried anything with it yet, so it could either be a bargain or a dog

Any advice would be appreciated

G
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hans-j?rgen
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Plexi Palace is a forum with a board for Orange amps, too, maybe you can find some help there:

http://www.plexipalace.com/plexiboard/index.php

But with only that info it's hard to diagnose it...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a blown fuse is usually a sign of another problem. That said, it might be as simple as a faulty rectifier tube! Or as expensive as a power transformer...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose it all comes down to what is the asking price? To buy a faulty amp without knowing the problem would suggest that the asking price should be on the low side.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi.
Thanks for the comments, I since found out it's a single channel AD30 2x12 combo,
not too far from where I live 20-30 miles. & he's hoping for ?400 which I think is too much for a possible lemon.
I did suggest ?350 depending on any info I can get but he's a bit hesitant at that.
I can't understand why he's not bothered about checking it out himself, even a fuse !!!
He said it just cut out during practice, nothing dramatic & he's not looked at it since ????

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Hutton Steel
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

goddardo wrote:
I can't understand why he's not bothered about checking it out himself, even a fuse !!!


Could it be that he does know what is wrong and is making a pretence of not knowing to convince you to purchase his amp. Be careful!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that could be the case. It's on ebay & he does have good feedback, but I've been bitten before buying an amp unseen, nothing drastic, just a tired old amp needing a service etc when they didn't point it out to me beforehand.
I think I may stick to looking localy so I have peace of mind.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a wise move. There will always be plenty of amps for sale.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:35 am    Post subject: MARSHALL DSL 401 COMBO Reply with quote

Hi.

Having second thoughts about the AD30. Thanks for the comments.
However, I do have a local contact for a Marshall DSL 401 Combo mint & virtually unused for ?260
I've read very mixed reports on this range, some great & some pointing to unreliability.
My only past experience is of the 70's Marshalls & not the newer gear.

Any comments on these chaps.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funnily enough I can ramble on about the DSL 401. I bought a new one which blew up within a couple of weeks. It was then replaced by another which developed dreadful noises coming out of it (not my playing I should add). The amp could not be economically repaired so the shop offered me a refund. I now have a Fender Blues Deville which is flawless.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that.
That seems to be the sort of stuff I've read about them.
But as I said, I saw some good stuff on them too.
Is you blues deville the 4x10 ?
I've got an eye on a hot rod deville 4x10.
I know someone who's got one and it sounds great with his 68 335.
The Hot rod range seems to be a well respected industry standard.
Also been looking at old Carlsbro 50 tops & Selmers.
I've got a T&B 50 Ally front Selmer & It's great. But for my 2nd amp I fancied something different.

Cheers G
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My blues deville is the 2X12 although the 4X10 is equally a great amp. The hotrod devilles are also very well put together amps. Fender are great amps for a clean sound. If you want overdriven sound then you will have to crank up the amp which can be very loud or add a good stompbox. My son plays through a Mesa Boogie nomad. A glorious amp although on the pricey side. Good second-hand ones are not too difficult too find. Try out as many amps as you can and make your choice. One man's meat is another man's poison as they say. All the best in the quest for your cherished box of delights!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think of the Blues/HR devilles/deluxes as good "semi-pro" amps, better than entry level... sort of the "american standard strat" of the amp world.

The reverb is none-too-good sounding on them, and they are voiced with too much "artificial midrange" to my ears.

That being said, they are an industry standard of sorts right now, and many people are very happy with them until they are ready to 'step up' to a much more expensive boutique or vintage tube amp. For the price they offer a lot of bang for your buck, and whenever they are provided as backline for me, I don't complain.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man you guys in the UK are so lucky! Why would you even consider a new Fender or Orange when you have a ton of old Orange/Hiwatt/Marshall/Laney/Vox? I'm so jealous it's not even funny.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the cost has something to do with it.

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