V-M 160 vintage tube amp servicing - Projects - Audio Artillery

V-M 160 vintage tube amp servicing

  1. Intro
  2. Recording

1: Intro

This is an old square dancing dual-channel tube amp from the 50's. It's got one channel for a record player and one for a microphone for the caller. It had some really bad hum problems.

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Luckily it came with a schematic inside. If only consumer electronics were like that these days.

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It looks pretty gnarly inside but everything, including the stacked capacity bank, seem to be functioning. I ended up replacing the power cord with a three-pronger and grounding the chassing. Most of the hum is now gone. It's a great clean amp but hard to get any distortion out of it.


2: Recording

Here is a recording of this amp with a telecaster.