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Adding tilt-back legs to a Kalamazoo amp?
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34 posts
Apr 20, 2017
5:22 PM
I'd like to tilt back my Kalamazoo Model 1 - 5W amp so it's pointing more towards me at my local blues jam. The stage is very small/cramped. They mic it and run it through the PA, but I sometimes struggle to hear it and thought tilting it back might help. I stand right next to it unless I walk out front on a solo. My only other option is playing into a vocal mic.

Would it be a bad idea to mount tilt-back legs on it? The amp is in pretty good shape and arguably an antique, but I don't think I'll ever get rid of it, so I'm not too concerned with the value aspect of it. My thought is that it would be more convenient and more compact than a chair or amp stand.

I've considered buying a set of Fender amp legs, or making my own. Thoughts or experiences? Would this add to feedback issues or help?
3270 posts
Apr 20, 2017
8:21 PM
I don't know anything about a Kalamazoo as I have no experience with one. But I can tell you that putting tilt back legs on my Fender Princeton Reverb RI was the best thing I've ever done. It opens up the tone of the amp beautifly and I use them every time I play through this amp. You also need to put metal amp corners on the bottom of the amp if you install tilt back legs.

So far as I can tell, it does NOT make the amp more prone to feed back.

Last Edited by hvyj on Apr 20, 2017 8:22 PM
1076 posts
Apr 20, 2017
10:21 PM
Too easy to make, and I loved the result when I did it with a little 5 watt amp.

Seems louder and brighter.
Lucky Lester
106 posts
Apr 21, 2017
5:13 AM
I place my little amp on a cheap guitar stand. It tilts it to about the right angle, folds up, and is light to carry.
Bluesharp- If you don't blow you suck...
35 posts
Apr 21, 2017
6:04 AM
@harpcrab, that's a great idea. I'll give that a try. I also just found these on eBay. Looks like it might not damage the amp.

Link to eBay Listing

Last Edited by Arrick on Apr 21, 2017 6:08 AM
311 posts
Apr 21, 2017
6:55 AM
I use a small stand similar to this when working with a small amp.
small stand
Lately in front of me like a monitor.

Last Edited by TetonJohn on Apr 21, 2017 6:57 AM

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