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 Post subject: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:23 pm 
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I am considering buying a used a Fender Twin amp. The seller told that it was also known as the Evil twin. I stopped playing many years ago. Back then I used an Ampeg V-4. I am not familiar with this amp can anyone help. Its in great shape and he is asking 325.00 :?


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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:29 pm 
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Here's what Wikipedia has on the "Evil Twin"......

"The Twin Reverb II was replaced by The Twin, commonly referred to as the "Evil Twin" due to the addition of both a separate gain channel and a switchable overdrive on the clean, in 1987. It featured a dual output switch, allowing the user to select either 25 watts or 100 watts of output. The Twin was designed for maximum versatility for live or studio use with features like speaker jacks with selectable impedance, Low-z/XLR output, a "Power Amp Thru" feature that bypassed the preamp circuit and a buffered effects loop. Both clean and overdrive channels could be activated simultaneously and reverb could be turned on/off for each channel. Earlier Twin Reverb amps were known among musicians to be best suited for loud, "clean" tones. The "Red Knob Twin" was made until 1994; it has since been succeeded by "Twin Amps" of Fender's current Protube line."

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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:50 pm 
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Thank you
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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:07 am 
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$325 seems to be a more than reasonable price assuming the amp's condition is as stated.

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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:24 pm 
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$325.00 for that amp is descent as long as it is in the condition you claim it is.I own that amp and I would pay that for it.It is pretty loud though..I could never play mine at or near full volume at the house.Pretty sure the windows would shatter and if not the cops would be over in no time :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:21 pm 
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stratojoe wrote:
I am considering buying a used a Fender Twin amp. The seller told that it was also known as the Evil twin. I stopped playing many years ago. Back then I used an Ampeg V-4. I am not familiar with this amp can anyone help. Its in great shape and he is asking 325.00 :?

Best amp I have ever owned. I have a red knobbed "evil twin" that I have had for 20 yrs. I just found a new one its grandson the twin which is the same but better. My style of playing ranges from Black Crows/Robben Ford/Pat Travers, and Johy Mayer. The amp especially live really shines. You will love it.
John


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jasilvapt wrote:
The amp especially live really shines. You will love it.
John


Until you hafta lift and load it.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Retroverbial wrote:
jasilvapt wrote:
The amp especially live really shines. You will love it.
John


Until you hafta lift and load it.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

:lol:

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Yes this is true and especially when you are a dope like me who has 2 EV "Black Shadows" in the amp. Just couldnt be satisfied with an 80 lb amp.


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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:29 pm 
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Both of my Twin Reverbs are JBL-equipped. I know from whence you speak.

:mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:20 am 
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is the red knob or the pro tube amp the "evil twin"; or are both called that? i have seen both refered to as that.

also, my experience with red knob series amps shows a design flaw. i have owned 2 champ 12s as well as a super 60. 2 of the 3 required replacement of the input jacks, which are plastic and mounted to the circut board.


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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:33 am 
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First off ,I need someone to tell me which footswitch works with the Evil Twin.Mine dissapeared about 10 years ago.I have just fallen in love with it again and the channel switching footswitch option is a must. People who own these behemoths believe they are one of greatest amps of all times .They were designed by ampguru Rivera for Fender in 1987.The EVIL TWIN(Red KNOBS)is a real piece of work.The versatility is
astounding. You can get anything from the sound of an old vintage
Fender tweed amp sound (classic Twin) to something akin to the hot
sound of a Mesa-Boogie. This is a channel-switching amp, but the
audio paths do not go through any solid-state devices, only tubes.
You can run both the clean channel and the drive channel in parallel
(like I do) and dispense with stomping on pedals to change your
tone... just use the volume knob on the guitar. When connected this
way, you can drive it hard with the sweet tone like that of SRV or
back off and it cleans up real nice with the silky-smooth (twinkly)
tube harmonic top end. THE TWIN may be run as a 100watt/25watt combo
by using all 4 stock output tubes. The reduction in power is achived
by tapping the power-supply from either a full-wave bridge (460 volts)
or using a half-wave bridge (236 volts). The manual also says that
you can pull 2 of the output tubes (which is the way I run mine) and
set the impedance selector to 1/2 the original value... Remember: 1/2
the tubes - 1/2 the load. The two 8-ohm speakers are wired in series
for a total of 16-ohms... When running with only 2 power tubes, you
must set the selector for 8-ohms into this load.


Access is provided on the back panel of the amplifier to set the
idling bias current for the power tubes and to set the balance between
the upper and lower pair (in the push-pull circuit). The fine print
on the back of the amp says that you should set the meter to read .040
volts (40 millivolts) which is read across a zener-protected precision
1-ohm resistor in the power stage cathodes. If you remove 2 of the
tubes as I did, it should read 20 millivolts. You can bias the
amplifier yourself using any good Digital MultiMeter. The Fender THE
TWIN even has a built-in red-box (a low-impedance floating 600-ohm
tap) taken directly from the output transformer suitable for driving
recording consoles or sound-reinforcement equipment.


All-in-all a pretty cool amplifier. The speakers are premium Fender
blue label speakers with huge magnet structures. They DO contribute
to the overall weight however.I have thrown my back out twice while trying to carry this up some stairs.


Now for the downside... THE TWIN is heavy. 75-80 pounds heavy. Get a
full-time roadie. Also, it has a lot of tubes. Four 6L6's (use
Groove-Tubes 6L6's or the russian 5881's), two 12AT7's (use NOS
Fender, Phillips, or Sylvania), and five 12AX7's (Use hand-picked
Chinese tubes that are not microphonic. That's right... avoid the
Sovteks, they have a tight sound which may be good for a brittle
Marshall... but are not sweet and buttery like an old Fender. The
Chinese tubes are OK for this because they will 'break-up' at lower
drive levels. They also have a larger internal structure, which
contributes to a fatter tone... but you DO have to get to hand pick some
good ones. If you can't afford the time or trouble to do this... get
Groove Tubes or Ruby to do it for you). DO NOT substitute 12AX7's for
the two 12AT7's... the AX7's cannot handle the 400+ volt plate
potential without self destruction. Also it has the famous Rivera suggested red knobs (some folks
don't like the looks).


On the upside, it uses fairly common tubes and can be used
with just a single pair of output tubes. It has the large Accutronics
spring reverb which is just dripping with tone. It has 100% tube
circuitry, including the preamp-send/poweramp-return effects loop.
Also it has red knobs (some folks like the looks).
]Lifting this amp is insane you must have casters on and its flight case must have wheels.
If you crank it up You can seriously damage your hearing with this amp in too small an enclosed space.THIS IS A VERY LOUD AMP!!
They will have to pry mine loose from my dead fingers to get it
from me... it LIKE it that much.


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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:30 pm 
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I have just spent a lot more time trying to locate the right footswitch for the Evil Twin.Musicians friend research does no t know,fender does not know,zsounds does not know.Someone must have the answer to this question.Which channel changing footswitch works? How many switches does it have?


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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:28 pm 
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Try e-mailing Tom at The Parts Guru or Steve at Angela Instruments. If they can't help you, no one can.

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 Post subject: Re: Evil Twin?
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Foot switch for "Evil Twin".............http://www.darrenriley.com/FenderAmpParts.htm


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