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Danelectro Commando build??
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21 posts
Jul 14, 2023
2:47 AM
Hey everybody,

I've been looking around the net for info about the Danelectro Commando 88.
I see a lot of, mostly harpplayers, commenting on how great it is. But I have not found any info of anyone trying to recreate one.

Why not??

I have a few amps I use for harp. Super reverb, musicman 65, a homebrew 4x6L6 410. All loud and "clean". All 6L6 based. All 10 inch speakers.

I've been looking for something different. Something crunchier. Earlier breakup. Not too big, but audible in a 4 piece barband.
So 6V6's came to mind. 8 inch speakers could be cool.
Gibson GA45 is an option, but the Dano has 4 6V6's! Wow.

Has anyone ever tried building one? Any succes?
What transformers did you use, for instance?

If I go this route, I will be doing this with my faitfull amp-tech standing by.
Not the 8x8 configuration, but 4x8 with an extra speaker-out and an impedance switch. So a multitap PT.

Any info, suggestions and ideas most welcome.

Kind regards,

(The Netherlands)
147 posts
Jul 14, 2023
8:43 AM
I think the early version of Sonny Jr amps used 4x8.
For my money these vintage amps are too expensive, maybe you get similar results with pre pedals or changing some tubes.
There's an Egnater amp allows you to blend a pair 6V6 and EL-84 power tubes.

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