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BF Vibrolux Clones?

 
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getbent



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:33 pm    Post subject: BF Vibrolux Clones? Reply with quote

I've been kind of looking at old vibroluxes and wondered if anyone knew of any vibrolux kits or clones... and have you tried any?
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Brian



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Getbent...

The only one I know of (never played one) is the Allen Amps "Encore"... Not an exact clone but pretty close and has some other newer features.

It is available as a kit and an assembled amp. I think Rick Towne had one of these.

http://allenamps.com/encore.html

Other than that.... I don't believe anyone is cloning that exact chassis size for an aftermarket. You could also try and find a trashed newer Custom Vibrolux Reverb...and rip out it's PCB and build a VR clone from it... Basically retaining the cabinet and chassis and knobs etc..

By the time you did that though, you could easily by a Fender Silverface Vibrolux Reverb and play it as is or 'blackface' it.
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getbent



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:51 am    Post subject: you're right Reply with quote

I've noticed lately a LOT of Allens and Lil Dawg's etc for sale... I think maybe folks get really excited and then reality kinda kicks in...

I'll keep my eye out for sf vl... it would be fun to own one! I actually read in a thread someone call a twin a 'boat anchor'! I guess I don't know what boat anchor means... I thought it meant something heavy of NO value that was a nuisance... I can't imagine calling a twin that!

I'm pretty well set for amps... it would just be fun to play out with once in awhile... I played my buddy's and I reallly like the sound... a little different from my tone king...
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Brian



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you keep watching ebay...you can find a used blackface from $1500 or so... Silverface $1000 or so... Another great amp is the Pro Reverb....similar in power to the VR but 2 x 12's instead of 2 x10....
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Rick Towne



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:01 am    Post subject: Post jam post.... Reply with quote

Drake's and Brian's Vibroluxes sounded great. I still have a 2x10 ceramic and 1x12 alnico Old Flames. No bloom off the rose here after three years. I had two BFVR's and did very well selling them.
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Brian



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is no clone...

Look at this pristine 66 Vibrolux Reverb! Go to the first link and scroll down to see it. At $2800 it's steep for sure but man, you'd be set for life (amp-wise). Cool

http://www.marksguitarloft.com/catalog.php?cat=new

(direct link)
http://www.marksguitarloft.com/picBrowser.php?id=1966vibroluxreverb
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PeeWee



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Killer amp! Mark Bishop is a really good guy and always gets quality gear in his store. You can hardly go wrong buying from him; really knows his stuff.
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getbent



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Post jam post.... Reply with quote

Rick Towne wrote:
Drake's and Brian's Vibroluxes sounded great. I still have a 2x10 ceramic and 1x12 alnico Old Flames. No bloom off the rose here after three years. I had two BFVR's and did very well selling them.


Rick how close is the 2X10 to a sf vibrolux? does it have reverb, trem (vibrato?) etc?

I've always thought those Allens were cool... I remember seeing ads for them in GP before the internet and always thought that would be a cool choice.
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Mur



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Drake's and Brian's Vibroluxes sounded great.

Two different beasts, soundwise
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getbent



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mur, do you mean that drake and brian's are two different beasts or

that Rick's 2X10 Allen is a totally different beast from Drake and Brian's?
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jharris



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did some pickin recently with Dave Gleason, he has a SF Vibroluxe and it sounded fantastic, really had that kinda dry compressed sound, super twangy but with this little soul vibe, which pretty much describes Dave too!
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