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  1. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    New Old Used Amp Day! PRS Harmonic Generator (HG-70). I actually got this a couple of months ago. Story to follow, of course!

    When I traded my DG30 (and '04 HBII) to Mike a couple of months ago I commented that I was going to need something to replace the DG30. I couldn't let a sweet 1x12 sit there with nothing on it. Sergio and I had been talking about a particular used HG-70 that was on Ebay for about $300 (plus $80 shipping). It looked a little rough, and there was just something that turned both of us away, at the time. That and the fact that I couldn't really find any info on it.

    Anyway, fast forward a month, or 6 weeks, amd Sergio sends me a link to a video from 25 years ago that had about 10 or 15 minutes of Paul and the HG-70. After seeing that, I decided to check and see if the HG70 was still around. Low and behold, it was. Now it was a ridiculous $244.76. At that price, what the heck, worth a shot (even though I'd already found something to sit on that 1x12!).

    It shows up and looks like hell, and smells like a barn. Cleaned it up a bit, and rubbed it down with Febreeze, and let it sit for a few days with a bunch of Odor Eliminators around it. When I got around to plugging it in, it made a little bit of sound. Volume and Gain pots on both channels were severely scratchy, and only had a couple of spots that would produce sound. Seller didn't mention that it was barely functional, but at that price I figured no big deal. That's what contact cleaner is for. I mentioned that in a text to Mike and Sergio, and Mike said to bring it on over. We set up a time, and I stopped on by. Of course, I was toting a 12 pack of New Glarus for his troubles!

    Ok, this thing was dirty, faded, and a little tattered on the outside (sorry, no before pics). When it got cracked open Mike and I were shocked by two things:
    1) It was built like a tank. Big metal (transformers), lots of covers, really well laid out. High end design, components, and build

    2) It was SPOTLESS on the inside. Not a speck of dust or dirt.

    Contact cleaner helped a little, but Mike suggested letting him take it to work so he and his guys could see if they could squirrel up some new pots for the Volume and Gain. Took a few weeks as the original pots are long out of production. Got an update, and a couple of quick clips from Mike last week. He buttoned it up Friday night, and I swung by and picked it up Saturday.

    It still looked like crap on the outside. I grabbed my shoe shine kit, from back in the day when I didn't sit in the basement, in sweats and bright shoes, and went to work. I was going to use Mink Oil, but it had been so long since I'd cracked that shine kit, I didn't have any. Best I had; Doc Martens Wonder Shoe Balsam. Grabbed that, an applicator sponge, brush and buffing towel. Spent about 30 minutes on it. Looks A LOT better. Still needs a little work on the face plate, and a toothbrush on the knobs.

    Sounds pretty good. Here's a clip from a recent thread. It's around the 30:00 mark.




    And, here it is! Of course, that 1x12 already had something on it by the time the HG-70 showed up. I had to find something to put it on! I still need to find some suitable footswitches for Reverb and Channel switching. Any ideas?

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  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Bangin'!

    (Why does every one of these threads start with "Sergio called..."?)
     
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  3. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    Cuz it who you are Sergio :)
    Its a cool amp the solo channel has some fun sounds and plenty of gain
    The clean channel has a bit of dirt also in a good way
     
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  4. WEDGE

    WEDGE Almost was a FG22 owner..

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    Nice score......but that little Atma rig is speaking to me.....
     
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  5. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    Excellent time capsule.
    You realize you need a guitar from that era to go with it.
     
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  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I seriously dug Mike Ault’s mullet. He should do that again, because WTF.
     
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  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Duh! You know your "clients" :D
     
  8. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Well, I've got a '95 CE24, a '91 Ltd Ed Sig, and an '88 CE body that "you know who" got me to buy. That was his first hook in me! Although, that was a fun project, and turned out cool.
     
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  9. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    That is a cool little amp, for sure. It is the cause of the Kemper going up for sale (if I ever get around to listing it). The 1x12 came from MA Pete for a song. Oversized, ported with a Creamback. I got it to put the DG30 on. After the DG left, I managed to find the Cowboy Tolex head. Go figure, it was from the same guy that Pete originally ordered that cab from.
     
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  10. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    You're the man, Mike. Really appreciate you getting it going! Thanks again!
     
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  11. toothace

    toothace At least I'm good at dentistry

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    Most awesome! When do the tone clips show up??
     
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  12. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I'm on a round of anti-biotics. No booze for 10 days. So, maybe 11 days from now :D
     
  13. Elliot

    Elliot Still a New Member

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    Damn playa! That's an exciting amp!
     
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  14. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Former Lyricist for Calhoun Tubbs

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    Lol!!!
     
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  15. pac90

    pac90 New Member

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    there is no clinical pathway between antibiotics and alcohol, happy new year

    great story
     
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  16. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I dunno, the Pharmacist (and warning label) says drinking while taking Flagyl will result in violent vomiting. I'll ride it out!
     
  17. pac90

    pac90 New Member

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    Ah sorry I only had regular amoxicillin which is safe.

    You have to be half dead over here before they will suscribe even that. Cutbacks and scares.

    Hope you feel better soon
     
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  18. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    So you’re saying that wouldn’t be fun for you?
     
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  19. Collywobbles

    Collywobbles New Member

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    Love posts like this! Pretty cool looking amp - it looks like a space ship all lit up in the last photo. Been aware of these for a while but never seen one in the UK so great to get to read about one and see inside. Be interested to see what you think after using it a bit. The HG bit means it's meant to sound and react like a tube amp so looking forward to any updates how it compares.
     
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  20. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Thanks!
     

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