M-11 Restoration

Tube and solidstate amplifiers made by Rickenbacker

Moderators: rickenbrother, ajish4

M-11 Restoration

Postby (iceekid) » Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:51 am

Last year I bought a nice early 50's M-11. After some digging around I found some talk and pictures of the actual amp that I bought

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=232436

Even though It needs some work....I really fell in love with it. This lil guy can get down....breaks up right where I want it to :D But after practicing with it the past year it finally gave out.

So first thing first I found a guy that I can trust to go through it and get it back up to speed. I dropped it off this morning and worst case scenario I'll have it back in 2 weeks.

Next step is what to do about the cabinet. Actually as soon as I got it I removed it from the original cabinet an put it in this old fender cabinet I had...doesn't look the nicest but it gets the job done...and the old one is not getting torn up. A friend of mine who does custom cabinets said he can build me one as soon as I get it back from amp repair. I'm wondering if i should keep it a lil combo...or turn it into a mini head...what do you guys think?

Either way I'm super excited to get it done. I think I'm leaning towards mahogany for the cabinet....you guys have any other suggestions?
(iceekid)
New member
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:30 pm
Location: Long Beach CA

Re: M-11 Restoration

Postby (admin) » Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:58 am

Matt: Welcome to the RickResouce Forum. It sounds like an exciting restoration project. I would lean toward a light wood if you can arrange it. Having said that, I consider that the most important feature is to maintain the RICK carved into the front of the amplifier. A classic, surely. I know, "don't call me Shirley." :)

m11.jpg
Life, as with music, often requires one to let go of the melody and listen to the rhythm

Please join the Official RickResource Forum Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/379271585440277
User avatar
(admin)
Site Admin
 
Posts: 14393
Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2000 6:00 am
Location: Fredericton, NB Canada

Re: M-11 Restoration

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:46 am

I think that mini-head/cabinet amps look ridiculous. There's absolutely no reason to split the two in such a small size, as combined they are not overly large or heavy. Just another ridiculous marketing ploy. Cute, but inconsequential. Keep it a combo, and while we're at it, keep the original design. A nicely-varnished light wood cabinet in the original style would be an heirloom!
User avatar
(jingle_jangle)
RRF Moderator
 
Posts: 22658
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:00 am
Location: Attritus nunquam subsisto hic...

Re: M-11 Restoration

Postby (1965) » Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:55 pm

jingle_jangle wrote:I think that mini-head/cabinet amps look ridiculous. There's absolutely no reason to split the two in such a small size, as combined they are not overly large or heavy. Just another ridiculous marketing ploy.

Agreed, they just look goofy. Unless it's an Orange tiny terror, and even then it's questionable. Stick with a combo.

Image

eww
User avatar
(1965)
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 1607
Joined: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:01 am

Re: M-11 Restoration

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:17 pm

I thought that the Tiny Terror was a micro-amp head, and you had to buy a separate speaker cab for it ($900 total street price!); not my def of a traditional stack, which has the two pieces sized to the same width and trimmed to match...it's more like a flip-top Ampeg, except it doesn't flip.
User avatar
(jingle_jangle)
RRF Moderator
 
Posts: 22658
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:00 am
Location: Attritus nunquam subsisto hic...

Re: M-11 Restoration

Postby (iceekid) » Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:00 pm

Yeah...I think you guys are right. The main reason I am restoring this amp is because I don't like hauling my 2x12 combo around (I'm sure it weighs over 50lbs)...so for me to get into the mess of separating the amp into 2 parts doesn't make sense..I'm trying to make one trip when loading and unloading the truck....guitar in one hand amp in the other

...less is more....right?
(iceekid)
New member
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:30 pm
Location: Long Beach CA

Re: M-11 Restoration

Postby (scott_s) » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:11 pm

jingle_jangle wrote:I think that mini-head/cabinet amps look ridiculous. There's absolutely no reason to split the two in such a small size, as combined they are not overly large or heavy. Just another ridiculous marketing ploy. Cute, but inconsequential. Keep it a combo, and while we're at it, keep the original design. A nicely-varnished light wood cabinet in the original style would be an heirloom!


Each to his own, I guess. I love little amps turned into head-and-cab arrangements! Some of the Fender guys have done some good conversions. 8)

Image
Image
Image

- Scott
User avatar
(scott_s)
Veteran RRF member
 
Posts: 455
Joined: Mon Nov 26, 2001 1:59 pm
Location: SW CR IA US NA PE


Return to Rickenbacker Amplifiers

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests