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    Nice thing is the handles are readily available, which was not the case a few years ago. The other nice thing is Guild used substantial handles on these. Grot picked up a T-bass cab for me a while back, and they used 3 attache case handles. Stock. For a bass cab with 2x15s.

    Of course, all three were broken.
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    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Default View Post
    Nice thing is the handles are readily available, which was not the case a few years ago. The other nice thing is Guild used substantial handles on these. Grot picked up a T-bass cab for me a while back, and they used 3 attache case handles. Stock. For a bass cab with 2x15s.

    Of course, all three were broken.
    Think replacement parts from American Tourister would fit?
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    Got the chassis out after all. Unfortunately, since the amp was in storage for so long, at some point a mouse moved in and made it his home. I know this because I found the mummified remains of said tenant. Putrefaction causes accelerated oxidation of steel, and the poor fellow met his demise curled up next to the transformer.





    I have a feeling that he's been living in there for a while because of the pattern of rust elsewhere on the chassis. Also, he ate part of the rubber padding on the top of the face plate.





    I grew up on a farm so none of that freaks me out or anything, but it's an unfortunate development. The good news is that I think I can brush or scrub or chemically treat most of that away because the underside of the chassis looks pretty darn good.




    I can't just blame the mouse, because every metal part of the cabinet also has rust. The house I went to get this from was maybe a mile or less from the ocean, and salt water humidity had to play a part as well.

    The pots need a good spraying of Deoxit, but I can't find the damn can. Grumble...
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    I'm kind of surprised not to see a pc board in there. They were using them by the mid sixties, but I guess the Thunderstars were so simple that it didn't make for much of a cost savings. Very cool, and the amount of real estate in the chassis gives me some thoughts... I guess I need a Tstar Lead for the next purchase!
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    I have a very clean Thunder one reverb that had mice eat almost all the insulation inside the chassis and left a cake of "stuff". That will be a retirement project. 8-(
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Default View Post
    I'm kind of surprised not to see a pc board in there. They were using them by the mid sixties, but I guess the Thunderstars were so simple that it didn't make for much of a cost savings. Very cool, and the amount of real estate in the chassis gives me some thoughts... I guess I need a Tstar Lead for the next purchase!
    No kidding huh? Looks like a modder's dream in there!

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    OK. Is there a good B&B in the neighborhood? I'l bring the '67 and Newark Street so you have good basses and a mediocre player, if you need one, and you can test the amp with what it was build for and write the Starfire bass comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Broes View Post
    No kidding huh? Looks like a modder's dream in there!
    <tries to convince self he doesn't need another amp>
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Amazing pics.

    Awesome, cept for the mouse, but yeah, the ocean... I like Rustmort, or the more recent substitutes. The stuff you brush on, turns the rust to iron oxide?

    Unreal how small the turret board is!

    What speakers?

    Nice 70's tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guildedagain View Post
    Amazing pics.

    Awesome, cept for the mouse, but yeah, the ocean... I like Rustmort, or the more recent substitutes. The stuff you brush on, turns the rust to iron oxide?

    Unreal how small the turret board is!

    What speakers?

    Nice 70's tone.
    Thanks!

    Speaker is a single 15" Eminence. I haven't gotten to the cab yet. :)
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