NVAD: 1957(?) Ampeg Mercury M-12

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NVAD: 1957(?) Ampeg Mercury M-12

Postby secndshft on Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:12 pm

I'll be taking this to my tech shortly. Look it over and let me know what you see. I need a trem pedal, or to trip it somehow. Better sounds coming when the channels are jumped. Without, it's sort on the quiet side. Of course, I'm referencing that against a 55' Pro.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/11252929@N02/sets/72157649414452761/
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Re: NVAD: 1957(?) Ampeg Mercury M-12

Postby NatStrat79 on Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:27 pm

Looking at the number on the output transformer I'd guess 1957 as well. It also looks like it's had some work done to it in the past as well with those yellow Astron capacitors in their. All of the 50's Ampeg amps I have had in the past have had the red Aston capacitors across the board which have ALWAYS been extremely leaky and the amps certainly sound better with the leaky ones replaced. It also looks like someone put some funky grill cloth on this one as well as recovering and or painting the tolex. My 1957 Jet looks like this.

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Re: NVAD: 1957(?) Ampeg Mercury M-12

Postby vez on Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:42 pm

secndshft wrote:I'll be taking this to my tech shortly. Look it over and let me know what you see. I need a trem pedal, or to trip it somehow. Better sounds coming when the channels are jumped. Without, it's sort on the quiet side. Of course, I'm referencing that against a 55' Pro.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/11252929@N02/sets/72157649414452761/

Nice secndshft. It looks like whoever worked on it did a good job replacing parts.
What did your tech say about the amp? That's a Rola speaker. how does it sound?
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Re: NVAD: 1957(?) Ampeg Mercury M-12

Postby strattarts on Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:04 am

Saw your flikr pics. Looks remarkably like my 'Rocket', R-12. Not Reverb rocket.
See my post... viewtopic.php?f=52&t=108068
My amp sounds great. Breaks up really nice and has quite a bit of volume. Mine was cut down
to a head, and I am running it through a 2x10 cab with 2 Jensen C10Q speakers in it.
I'm still wanting to hear what it sounds like through a 1x12 w/ an appropriate speaker.
Mine needs cap work. I wonder if it will sound better afterwards. Just hope it sounds AS good.
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Re: NVAD: 1957(?) Ampeg Mercury M-12

Postby Unit_1 on Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:08 am

strattarts wrote:Saw your flikr pics. Looks remarkably like my 'Rocket', R-12. Not Reverb rocket.
See my post... viewtopic.php?f=52&t=108068
My amp sounds great. Breaks up really nice and has quite a bit of volume. Mine was cut down
to a head, and I am running it through a 2x10 cab with 2 Jensen C10Q speakers in it.
I'm still wanting to hear what it sounds like through a 1x12 w/ an appropriate speaker.
Mine needs cap work. I wonder if it will sound better afterwards. Just hope it sounds AS good.


It will sound MUCH better if it needs caps and you get them replaced - three prong cords make a difference in hum as well...
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