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 Post subject: Rickenbacker M8 AMP
 Post Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 8:15 am 
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Does anyone use an M8 amp? From what I read they are about 5 watts? I'm thinking about getting one for use at the house. Just not too much info on them out there.

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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker M8 AMP
 Post Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:46 am 
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It's in the same class as the Fender Champ, with a single 6V6 power tube, and yes, roughly 5 watts. It had a Jensen C8Q speaker 8 inch speaker. The schematic is located here: http://www.rickenbacker.com/pdfs/m8e.pdf

Lots of these were made primarily for student use but it's hard to say how many might still be around. I have one, which is currently on load to a band mate, and he likes it to play in his home studio- breaks up nicely without disturbing the neighbors.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker M8 AMP
 Post Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 12:38 pm 
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Mr. Hall, thanks very much for the info. I need something to go with my new 360 FG. And to add, thanks for the new lefties.

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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker M8 AMP
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Looking at an M8E now. I see the cabinets are bigger than the M8. Is that the only difference in the two amps? Does anyone know how to determine the year of manufacture of these amps?

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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker M8 AMP
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Many amps had the two letter-three or four number serial format and can be decoded here under the service tab. However, most of the small amps just had a four digit number and unfortunately I've never seen a log for these. Maybe someday all of the data from our production receipts might be put into a database but that would be a huge job.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker M8 AMP
 Post Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 3:13 am 
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JohnHall wrote:
It's in the same class as the Fender Champ, with a single 6V6 power tube, and yes, roughly 5 watts. It had a Jensen C8Q speaker 8 inch speaker. The schematic is located here: http://www.rickenbacker.com/pdfs/m8e.pdf

Lots of these were made primarily for student use but it's hard to say how many might still be around. I have one, which is currently on load to a band mate, and he likes it to play in his home studio- breaks up nicely without disturbing the neighbors.


Nice and simple circuit! I'd be curious to subsitute the resistor in the PSU filtering section by a choke.

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