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Modded Marshall 1936 2x12's

goldtop0

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That's quite interesting, I had no idea the first shipment of Marshall's to NZ was as late as that.

What the hell did you do with yourselves before 1984???? ?????

So with the G12M20's and partially open back is it a bit easier on the ears? I'm imagining it's gonna be pretty sweet sounding?
It is a great sounding cab the 1936.
Well before '84 there was mainly locally produced amps, some put together Boogies, a trickle of Music Man and Fender.
NZ started to open up after '84 for imported guitars and amps..........relaxation of import licensing.
 

Revolver1

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Man, that's insane thanks for sharing. I had no idea it was like that. Hard to imagine how a great band like Split Ends ever got off the ground....

I grew up in OZ in the Adelaide Hills and thinking back although not quite as bad it probably wasn't that dissimilar. It's very easy to take things for granted when you live in the US or the UK.
 

ourmaninthenorth

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It is a great sounding cab the 1936.
Well before '84 there was mainly locally produced amps, some put together Boogies, a trickle of Music Man and Fender.
NZ started to open up after '84 for imported guitars and amps..........relaxation of import licensing.
I literally had no idea that things were so restrictive Steve.
 

goldtop0

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I literally had no idea that things were so restrictive Steve.
It was 'draught city' prior to then Paul and goes back to WW2(and even prior to that) when import license was the only way to bring imported goods into the country. This was designed to help promote NZ industry/manufacturers of locally made products, boosting the economy as a whole.
We had a change of Govt in '84( the tory(National) govt under a tyrannical PM was ousted) and a newly elected Labour Govt had to do a massive reset as the country was pretty much bankrupt, these were strange and wild west times economically but the good thing was the relaxation of licensing which was totally phased out about 5 years later or so.
You had the same thing in Britain, as did Aussie, us all being part of the British Commonwealth.
 
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Revolver1

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Yeah, its interesting. I was growing up in OZ during that time and I do remember the buy Australian mantra. Which isn't a bad thing but I can remember how painful it could sometimes be, getting spare parts for instance.

My Brother is out there now and although it's not as bad as it used to be if you want to import something its fairly cost prohibitive compared to importing to the UK which is relatively easy.
 

Amp360

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I have one of those 1936 cabinets somewhere, but it's an older one. I always thought it sounded fine stock, but I'm more of a player than modder.

I know that I had a well-known engineer replace the back panels and caulk them up on a few 900 series cabs I have when making a more modern pop/rock record maybe 20 years ago. It certainly worked for that sound.

I have a few 900 series 4x12s that are pretty beat up at this point, but they still sound good. One I blew two speakers in and replaced them with (I think) Hell Tone V30s (?) in an X. The other one has the stock speakers but they're probably close to 30 years old with at least ten to fifteen years of full tilt going through them and sound ok. The big thing about the cabs to me is the straight fronts sound a lot different than the angle ones.

At home I use this old Marshall cabinet I found for $500 at Guitar Center with the old Green speakers in it. If you can find one of these they weigh a ton, but sound really nice.

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