CHAMP ELECTRONICS -" THE VINTAGE VALVE AMP HOSPITAL"

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND

 

THE STORY OF A PEAVEY CLASSIC 50 AMPLIFIER

 


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This one was………oh so funny!!

 

Hi everybody. All of you who read this article must have, at some point in your life, come across a funny situation where you have laughed so much that have had pains in your head and tears steaming down your face! Well, this is what happened to me, back in 2006 when my dear life-long Australian friend Mervin was over here in the UK for four weeks. Before I continue with the story of this Peavey Classic 50 Combo, let me just say that any kind of funny situation in ones life is never quite the same by explaining it…..rather than being there, for real, at the time! Nevertheless I will try my best to explain the situation as it happened!

OK, my dear Australian friend Mervin was over here in the UK for a four week visit in 2006, as previously stated. On one particular day, we had popped down to the local Co-op supermarket to do some shopping, about a mile away from my home here in Nottingham. Whilst wandering around the local store, Mervin spotted some mini pork pies. These are quite famous over here in the UK….made by a company called “Pork-Farms” from Melton Mowbrey, UK. Mervin picked up a pack of four of these, to which I asked him “don’t you have pork pies in Australia?”, to which he replied "yes, but I just fancy one". Finishing the shopping we jumped back into the car for the short journey home.

It was rush-hour, loads of traffic and hold-ups plus…….it was a typical English day…..full of drizzling rain. As we were in the traffic, moving slowly, all of a sudden Mervin started throwing his arms around in the air…. shouting something! All I could understand was….Errm, Ugg, Hey, Blarb, I really thought he was having a fit or a heart-attack or something! I just couldn’t make sense of what he was trying to say! For a few seconds it really scared me. What I didn’t realize at the time was that he had put one of these mini pork pies in his mouth…..in one go….and couldn’t speak properly with his mouth full!

Once reality had set-in, and after he had calmed-down, chewed and swallowed the pie, I understood what he was trying to say. It appeared that in the slow moving traffic, Mervin had spotted what looked like a combo amplifier on the drive of a house, on the left of where we had just past! I then did a three-point turn, in the middle of this main road, in the middle of this rush-hour traffic with cars honking me, causing a hold-up and, not knowing what-the-hell was going to happen next!

On pulling onto to the drive that Mervin pointed out, there was indeed a combo amplifier, just standing there in the rain! We got out of the car and I rang the door-bell. A little old lady answered the door and I asked her what was happening with this amplifier and why was it standing there in the rain? She explained that it belonged to her son and that he didn’t want it…..it had been put out for the rubbish men to take away! I asked her if it would be OK for us to take it, of which she replied that would be OK. So that's what we did. The inside of it was filled with lots of other rubbish……lots of paper and empty Coke bottles etc. We put all of this in the old lady’s dustbin and loaded the combo into the boot of my car.

Although it had been standing in the rain, the other rubbish that had been stuffed into the back of it had actually prevented most of the water from reaching the speakers and doing any permanent damage. When we got it back home we stripped it out, dried the slightly damp speakers with a fan heater, removed and serviced the amp then, offered it up for sale on EBay. It sold to an Italian guy for pretty good money which Mervin and I split between us! 

A really funny and unexpected situation that turned-out to be good and interesting fun! 

Cheers, John.




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