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along with more rare touches
cabs - everything on Rod's
like bias-test and adjustment
stage had to be white - and
points for the output tubes.
in short order took care of
The four-knob footswitch
the volume disparity. That
selects on/off for each of the
was really the only band I
effects, plus Overdrive and
ever played with where my
Dumbles fit, power-wise,"
"I first played a Dumble at
The Alley rehearsal studio
However formidable the
in North Hollywood while
amp's power, its current
rehearsing with Mick Fleetowner (who prefers to rewood in 1981 or '82," Sharp
main anonymous) finds
recalled. "Alexander had left
pleasure in its exalted tone.
the amp there for me to try,
"I've owned the amp for
and it blew me away at first
two years and play it almost
touch - never heard anything
every day. My routine is
like it; the overdrive was
to play for an hour before
thick, rich, and delicious. (TOP) This amp's Overdrive stage is governed by four functions on two dual-concentric work, always through this
pots (toward the right side). (BOTTOM) In addition to its four big 6550 output tubes,
Aside from Mesa, no one
amp; the connection puts
the OD150 WR's rear panel has two unusual features for a Dumble - a half-power
at that time was paying a
me in a great place to
switch (immediately right of the BNC connector inputs) and bias-test points.
great amount of attention to
experience the day. I conbuilding an amplifier with
sider it a piece of art that I
onboard tube overdrive. But above all, that
can interact with, explore, and enjoy. I'm
"I joined Rod Stewart's band in 1989
was what Dumble did better than anyone.
grateful to own it."
and I remember the first day of rehearsal -
Fair to say, its [clean] channel was also quite
Tony Brock hit his snare drum once and it
good - very clean, tight, bedrock-solid, and
The original four-knob footswitch
nearly blew me over a few feet coming out
fairly Fenderish in character, but much bigger.
selects on/off for each effect,
of the side-fill monitor. I looked at Davey
plus Overdrive and
"I offered to buy the amp, but it was spoken
Bryson, the monitor mixer, and he just
for by David Lindley, I think. So, I put down
grinned back, then, in his thick Glaswegian
a deposit and ordered two very much the
drawl, said something like, 'Welcome to
same except I wanted reverb, tremolo, and
the loudest f'ing band in the world, mate.'
the bias test points at the rear panel."
I'd brought my Fender Dual Professional
Sharp used his Dumbles in the studio
and Vox AC30 thinking they'd do the
with a handful of artists, as well as on his
trick. Second rehearsal, though,
own self-titled 1986 album for MCA, but
I had both Dumbles and
recalls there was only one setting in which
plugged them into some
he really got to wind them up.
white-painted Marshall 4x12"