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Yellow Jackets converters

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Hardware' started by Chris, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Chris

    Chris Staff Studio Service

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    Prince George, BC
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    Yellow Jackets converters give you simple Class-A operation from any amp.

    Anyone know more on this?
    Yellow Jackets by CE Manufacturing, LLC
     
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Looks cool but do the tubes really sit on top of the converter like that or do they fit deeper into the socket?
     
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Moderator

    Location:
    jacksonville,fl
    These were originally marketed by THD Electronics, Andy Marshall (Stephen St. Croix's brother). I have see these at work in a couple of amps, namely Traynor Bassmasters and Fender Bassmans (silver-faced models). They get kind of hot, but they seemed to work pretty well.
     
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Moderator Moderator

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    One of my guitarists tried them in his Fender Hot Rod Deluxe to get more of the English sound. They worked well....did get a bit hotter....I thought it made everything a bit too glassy. They are a quality product so if its what you want for your amp the build and design shouldnt be an issue.

    He eventually sold that amp and got a Bogner Metropolis which I couldnt recommend more. This is the real stuff.
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Staff Studio Service

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    like a cheap sounding Fender twin?
     
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah....kinda...It wasnt right for that amp IMHO...Kinda choked the Fender right out of it. It sounded like the speakers were working hard to get out the tone. I still think it was the amp and not the converters.

    That Bogner.....thats my second favorite amp in this class. First being a Conrad.....VHT Pittbull45 is third.

    AD. You also couldnt use the channel switching with them.....I never found out why.
     
  7. Chris

    Chris Staff Studio Service

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    Dave, we got to find a way to get a Conrad up to the RO studio. Now you got me going again.
     
  8. Davedog

    Davedog Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah. I'm sure you'd love it. Just contact him. See what he'll do. He loves building them.....
     
  9. Chris

    Chris Staff Studio Service

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    I tried, ... I'm stuck with my Rivera which is pretty sweet too but I'm sure not comparable to the Conrad.
     
  10. Jeemy

    Jeemy Guest

    Rivera isn't - I love the amps and dearly want them to be the top dollar but they unfortunately hit about 85% for me, with hard work and extortionate expense in tubes to take them to 95%.

    I haven't tried the Conrad, but I have just had a Retro-King RK45 built for me - I don't know if you remember I was planning on getting a Marshall Plexi rackmounted to go with my Twin rackmount, but I ended up getting this after speaking to every custom builder out there and it does both jobs.

    Its basically a replica of the Plexi Hendrix used with the capacitor mods, but runs at 45 watts with 6L6 tubes instead. I've had one channel wired to sound Twin-ish and the other is a very Plexi distortion - the cap mod is switchable, the two channels are discrete and I have some other goodies like a post-PI master volume, switchable true-bypass effects loop and negative feedback variax built in.

    Reason I mention it Chris is that all my guitar rig stuff is covered in the same vintage cream tolex and this was mis-covered in white, so I had a second cabinet made. So I actually have a spare white cabinet for an RK45 which means if you did decide to try/buy you might be able to get just the chassis made and have my cab.

    I'll post some pics and sound clips once I get my photographer through the studio.
     
  11. Jeemy

    Jeemy Guest

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    As promised
     
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