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« Thread started on: Jan 16th, 2016, 11:47am »

Hiya folks:

I just took delivery of a '98 SLO in dead mint condition. She sounded a little dark so I popped her open to see if the bright cap had been removed. It hadn't been.

But while I was in there, I noticed that almost all of the pots in the amp are labeled "MEXICO". Not that I've got anything against my south-of-the-border brothers, but I thought the whole draw of the SLO was its top-drawer components. I'm not saying that Mexicans can't build a great potentiometer, but I guess I expected USA-made parts. Does anyone else see this in their amps?

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 17th, 2016, 08:30am »

Hmmmmm, I have a HR50 and don't remember ever seeing anything like that. I'll have to take a closer look later today.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 17th, 2016, 6:23pm »

I've seen them (haven't checked my current SLO's though). Mike ONLY uses quality parts and I believe the pots used in SLO's are sealed high-grade. Be assured that Mike would never use inferior parts, especially in an SLO! All is well grin

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 17th, 2016, 7:39pm »

Thanks for the assurance, SLOgriff! I've been reading up a little on those Mexican Clarostats and they do seem like some pretty serious hardware.

Looks like the Claro Mexico in your photo is a depth mod control, non?
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 18th, 2016, 11:24am »

I found the pic with a Google search. It is a factory installed Depth....but pots are the same (Mexican Clarostats). Great quality for sure!

With regards to your '98 SLO being a little dark, my current hypothesis after having had many SLO's....I think older SLO's that have been played a lot start to smooth out or darken in tone maybe because the components break in. Similar to old Marshalls. New SLO's seem a little tighter and brighter.
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 18th, 2016, 2:27pm »

I have a 2005 SLO and it has the same pots as in the picture. Made in Mexico. On the other hand,, my 1990 SLO has USA made pots.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 18th, 2016, 3:18pm »

on Jan 18th, 2016, 2:27pm, 1999Hotrod50 wrote:
I have a 2005 SLO and it has the same pots as in the picture. Made in Mexico. On the other hand,, my 1990 SLO has USA made pots.


That's too bad, everyone knows the MEXICAN pots sound better and are superior to those old USA pots. grin
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 18th, 2016, 5:17pm »

Lol, I guess it's time to sell that old SLO
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 19th, 2016, 10:10am »

SLOgriff: Thanks for the input re: my SLO being a little dark. The only other SLO I played was brand-spankin' new so that could have been the difference for sure. I love how taking the treble down doesn't muffle the tone but instead makes it dark and smokey, like a shot of mescal. Aha! Another Mexican connection!
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 20th, 2016, 3:17pm »

on Jan 19th, 2016, 10:10am, JohnnyRasgueado wrote:
SLOgriff: Thanks for the input re: my SLO being a little dark. The only other SLO I played was brand-spankin' new so that could have been the difference for sure. I love how taking the treble down doesn't muffle the tone but instead makes it dark and smokey, like a shot of mescal. Aha! Another Mexican connection!


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I keep my Treble between (3 & 4) on the dial. My MIDS are at (2 - 2.5). PRESENCE at (5 - 7) on the dial. This keeps some bite in the tone but also a thickness as well.

Tubes & Bias will make or break an SLO's tone and feel. Might check those as well. Try swapping out the 12ax7's and you can really fine tune the SLO.
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 20th, 2016, 6:21pm »

So, where do your preamp and output tubes come from unless you are using NOS UK or USA models? Exactly. Not everything can come from the USA, and these sealed pots are as good as you can get.

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