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I’ve done it now. There was just no way around it, that 4x12, matching my studio partner's 725 head and 1x15, for C$80 all in. And all the speakers work. There was no choice really. Had to be done. It's been nagging at the back of my head for a month since I ran across it in a gear shop I had never heard of before and was checking out for the first time; a gem winking at me from within the mess. Went back to get it last weekend.



I think we now collectively own the entire Riviera line. I certainly can’t find any other models when I search online (though there were different versions of the 725 head, some with more knobs; no clear pics so hard to tell what’s going on there). As far as speaker cabs, I have never even heard a whisper of any Riviera other than the 1x15 (which is great, for both guitar and bass). The 725 amp is an amazing midrange monster (the tone stack was rebuilt on this one).

What I love most about both these cabs is that they were obviously designed for guitar/bass dual use and are actually good at both (the 725 does after all have separate guitar and bass inputs) in that they are MUCH larger than other similarly equipped cabs of the era. The 1x15 is perfect and I wouldn’t touch it even if it was mine to mess with, though I do wish it took a bit more power (I have seen someone on Talkbass refer to it as a Showman copy, but that's Talkbass for you, where everything has to be compared to the closest Fender model - but I think this is actually larger, certainly a different shape). Might change out the speakers in the 4x12 because they won’t handle the power of my new Sunn 1200s without getting farty (I opened her up and looked in there - 15-20 watt Marslands but nicer/better quality than most Marslands of the 70s - really nice cones and look more solid than the crappier ones Traynor was using by the end of that decade - I've had the magnets just fall off of those before).

Replaced the rubber feet on the bottom (completely worn down to more of a rubber washer around a screw with it’s head ground down - bit of a pain to get off) and glued down some ripped flaps of tolex (the green tape on the bottom clamping it down). Gotta find a strap handle for the right side there, and then maybe some castors (side mount for a tilt n roll) cause it’s a beast - not that heavy, but large and awkward to carry - it’s actually bigger than the similar Sunn slant style 4x12 that I assume inspired it or the 'tall' 60s Marshalls).

To give an idea re the scale of this beast, it is 30 x 41 x 12" (vs a standard 4x12 which is 30 x 30 x 13).

So anyone know anything about these? Are there any other Riviera-branded products out there?
 

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Nice - been wondering what the config on that one was. Thanks for sharing.

Still hoping to find out about any other speaker cab offerings they may have had.
 

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Cool, I have tried searching but didn't see it - help a guy out with a link? ... oh wait, looks like the 211 was branded Pine - looks like the one my friend has. I was specifically asking about info on any other stuff branded as Riviera.
 

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Cool, I have tried searching but didn't see it - help a guy out with a link? ... oh wait, looks like the 211 was branded Pine - looks like the one my friend has. I was specifically asking about info on any other stuff branded as Riviera.
My 211 isn't branded at all. Just the small Pine Electronics script with the CSA number that all the stencils had. No big branding.
 

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"A gem winking at me from within the mess" gave it away. LOL!
Stopped in there once to check it out. Apparently the owner looks all over for deals. From what I've seen on kijiji he is fair with his pricing.
Quite the characters hanging around there though. One guy was drinking a beer. Don't see that everyday in a music store.
 

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I have the simpler version without effects. The speaker is a Marsland 15" Alnico. It is fairly loud for a pair of 6V6, and just loves cheap pedals. I really think that pedals go all the way to 10 on these old amps. Do you have the original coily speaker cable?

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No, don't have the coily cable. What you have is the same as my friends stack, but different styling. I like the kinda Hiwattish style like mine a bit more but I think yours is the older one - anyone know?

And a bit of an update; replaced the missing handle on the 4x12 (replaced the original one too so they match - used it on my bud's Riviera head as it was missing it;s handle) and added recessed corner castors (yes, this meant cutting slots to mount them, but at least I can wheel the thing around now. Working on acquiring the drive units I need to load this up for higher powered bass use. Bought some stuffing for it too (trying out the recycled denim stuff; usually I'm a long hair wool guy, but that would cost too much for a cab this size).
 

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I have the same amp as this one, with the three inputs, reverb and tremolo. It is labelled Mansfield, which is just a stencil name that was added by the distributor - so it doesn't have the Riviera label either. Also, it is a combo instead. I would really like to know what the model number is. It has 3x12ax7, 1x12au7, and two 6l6GC tubes.

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I have the same amp as this one, with the three inputs, reverb and tremolo. It is labelled Mansfield, which is just a stencil name that was added by the distributor - so it doesn't have the Riviera label either. Also, it is a combo instead. I would really like to know what the model number is. It has 3x12ax7, 1x12au7, and two 6l6GC tubes.

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That seems to be the same layout and chassis as my 2x 6v6 powered Model 730
 

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I had this model under the name of Stagg and it came with a 412. I traded it for a guitar since have the exact same amp under the Granada name as a 212 c0mbo... here are some pics.

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Granada Super Deluxe:
 
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