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post Oct 26 2008, 12:43 AM
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I have the opportunity to purchase an original 5150 2x12 combo for $300 (Canadian)...I don't have all the details yet but I believe it's a few years old. What's the deal with older amps, do I have a lot to worry about it, or just buy it and probably get some new tubes and be on my way? $300 just seems really cheap and I have never purchased a used amp before, any suggestions on what to look or what to ask the seller would be great appreciated!

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post Oct 26 2008, 12:49 AM
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Well if it's used you are definitely gonna spend some more money on servicing a bit, so, I would suggest that you try that amp very thoroughly before you buy it - check for pots, and sound, if it is bad, don't buy it.

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post Oct 26 2008, 12:58 AM
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Ask the seller how old the tubes are. youngerthen 2 years they should still be decent, younger then 1 year and they a ok so you would have no side costs besides the amp. Go for it if there are no damages etc. !


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post Oct 26 2008, 01:22 AM
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Well you need to test it to see if its in perfect working condition...If it seems good , after a maintenance work (tubes etc) you should be good to go ! smile.gif But definitly tryout the amp yourself and inspect it...The price seems cool, but there could be something wrong with it..!

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post Oct 26 2008, 02:59 AM
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Expect the tubes to be consumables and budget to replace them.

10 years in, maybe you want to look at the capacitors

20 years in check out the resistors as well.

Bottom line is though, that with care and attention, a 50 year old amp can sing like it did when it was new smile.gif

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