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Erwin I
Nov 18, 2009 9:36 PM GMT

Hello People, my name is Erwin , i live in Chile and i 've been played harp for a couple of year.

A few months ago i bought an amp on ebay. I got a Hot Rod Deville 2x12....(it was really cheap). i never played something like that before because i am a happy owner of Blues Junior...

when i got the hot rod deville and play with it i couldnt get the sound of Blues Junior, not even close... i swaped a tube but it doesnt help me to much....

i decide to sell but i would like your oppinion or any experience with this amp...

Thanks in advance,


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Nov 18, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Of the DeVille series, my preference is the original tweed versions in either 4-10 (first choice) or 2-12, with the master voluem all the way up (it turns this circuit off completely) and avoid using any of the drive channels because the gain is far too much for any harp mic and also use of the bright or fat switches unless you'r e a glutton for feedback punishment.

The very first ones, which has been reissued were actually better than the Bassman RI's of the same era (early to mid 90's) and sounded more like one and used the same alnico magnet speakers made for them by Eminence as the Bassman reissues did.

Nov 19, 2009 4:21 AM GMT
haggis m Replied:

Hi, I use a peavey classic 50 4x10 with an akg vocal mike. I use can use both clean and dirty channels on the amp, at full noisewithout feedback being anissue. I would reccommend swapping the valves to JJ's. Peavey and Fender amps are classifed as 'high gain amps ,and because we harp players are using mikes and not direct input like guitars, the feedback window opens up and and the squealling begins. JJ valves are,(to the best of my limited knowledge), designed to use in high gain amps such as fenders etc, and allow max gain before feedback. Try these guys for valves, they are great. I have provided a link to their tubekit for fender. Hope this helps.

Nov 19, 2009 6:42 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

I have never liked the Deville for harp. The best amps of the current Fender range for harp in my opinion are in the following order.

1 - '65 Princeton Reverb Reissue - Really killer tone in a 15 watt package.

2 - '59 Bassman LTD - Classic harp amp and great tone. Needs to be played pretty loud to sound good though.

3 - Pro Junior - Monster little harp amp. Not as good as the tweed version but still great.

All of these amp benefit from having V1 swapped out to a 12AY7.

Nov 19, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

The tweed version of the Pro Junior is at its best if it's the one that came with the same Eminence made alnico magnet speaker that was used on the first Bassman RI's, and I got one of those brand new in 1995 for $180. The only thing I've ever done to the amp was replace all of the stock tube numbers that were all crapppy, Chinese made tubes with either NOS tubes of the exact same numbers or JJ's, and I set the tone control all the way down.

Nov 19, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
Erwin I Replied:

Thanks guys for the i have new point of views and i know what to do.

Thanks again,


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