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Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby Neil C on Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:25 pm

Just managed to acquire via Gumtree one of these fairly rare beasts.

Yesterday I went on a very long train journey to pick it up from a lovely guy in Lowestoft. I brought the fairly heavy beast back home across the London tube network in a large wheelable suitcase.

Bought as untested, it all powers up. It has a Fane speaker, complete with footswitch and looks pretty original.
Whilst its lost its badge cosmetically the main issue is that the tolex and grill has been sprayed black.

So tonight very excitedly and slightly nervously I plugged it in and hey presto it all worked, a few crackles aside :-)
It sounds warm, the tone controls really interact and it really thickens up nicely. Boy its pretty loud.
The reverb is really sweet but the tremolo doesn't appear to be working.

First thing will be to look at what state the grey/blue tolex (and what appears to be brass piping) is underneath the paint.

So all in all really chuffed. Will try and get a photo up and will get it checked over.

:-)
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby stratele52 on Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:43 am

A 15 watts amp

Half schematic here; Nothing better with search on the web :(
http://el34world.com/charts/Schematics/ ... erb15w.pdf

Servicing a Diplomat reverb;
http://www.chambonino.com/work/selmer/selm6.html
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby trobbins on Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:01 am

Neil, all that effort really does deserve a good servicing effort before turning it on.

It is soooo easy for old parts to not perform, and so easy to damage transformers and valves, as such an old amp has close to zero protection.
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby Pitchfork on Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:39 pm

Neil knows where I live! :lol:
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby Neil C on Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:09 pm

stratele, thanks for the info.

trobbins, indeed thanks, agree with your point and Ian I'll give you a call and be around in while!

What I'm trying to figure out is around what to do with the paint? It hasn't come off with lightweight paint cleaner..... so will have to try a bit harder.
But if it doesn't clean up it may need to be recovered.
:D
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby stratele52 on Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:30 pm

One of my friend, a collector, remove paint on few Fender amp tolex with regular paint remover.
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby dread_lion on Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:59 am

last few cabs i stripped from black paint, involved using ducktape, and really working it into the tolex, then removing. it is a painfully slow work, but it doest not damage the original tolex. i've had succes on a few amps with this proces.
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby Gooch on Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:10 pm

Neil C wrote:
What I'm trying to figure out is around what to do with the paint? It hasn't come off with lightweight paint cleaner..... so will have to try a bit harder.
But if it doesn't clean up it may need to be recovered.
:D
Neil



Try using some oven cleaner. Here in the States, the most common product is called Easy-Off, you probably have a comparable product there. Spray it on, let it sit and foam up for a few minutes. then use a stiff brush on it. It won't hurt the tolex, but don't get it on the grill.
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby Pitchfork on Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:51 pm

Neal - soften it up with meths & use a lot of vigorous rubbing
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Re: Selmer Diplomat Reverb

Postby michelebis on Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:17 am

Hi,
congrats for the nice score. The Diplomat Reverb is a great amp! One of my favorite.
I have got one too and is the oldest i ever seen on the web.
It had the script Selmer logo and serial number is 125. I think its early 62.ImageSenza titolo by Michele Bisignano, su Flickr
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