PF500 Portaflex Mod

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Steve Dallman, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    So, I've been joyfully using a PF500 since last Nov. I love it. But I wanted a more "portaflex" look.

    Some scrap wood, some expanded metal, old tubes, paint and I now have it.

    It does nothing but change the look. What 'dya think?

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  2. arai

    arai Inactive

    Jul 16, 2007
    Looks great. You could wire up some amber LEDs in the tubes to make them look like they are glowing
  3. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    This same idea crossed my mind the day I brought my PF-500 home, and sat it next to my '63 B-15.

    I could not resist setting the tube cage from the B-15 on top of the PF-500 for a few moments, but that was as far as it went.
  4. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I am going to put amber LED's (and maybe a blue) under the tubes. I have holes ready for them. I'll probably put batteries in one of the "transformers".
  5. arai

    arai Inactive

    Jul 16, 2007
    cool. I think if you rough up the LED with a bit of sand paper it will glow from the sides rather then the just the top
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    That is hilarious! Awesome creativity!
  7. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    It's meant to be hilarious. I like doing goofy stuff like this. I'll get some questions at the next gig. I can't wait.

    For the LED's, I removed the alignment pin on each tube (and all the other pins) I took the glass out of the socket, broke off the bottom of the tube, and epoxied it back together. Under the board, I have an 1/8" hole for the LED on each tube. The LED will shine up the center of the tube from the bottom. It should work fine.
  8. Sounds like a very cool plan! Fun stuff.
  9. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
  10. arai

    arai Inactive

    Jul 16, 2007
    Cool. I hope you take some more pics when it's lit up. I have thought about doing it with an old radio as a sort of corner lamp/art piece, but have never got around to it
  11. Love it!! So funny. I'd get a huge kick outa that if I was watching a band and got tricked, the violet strip would have me guessing... Looks like a B15 but that horizontal LED strip... Hmmmm.

    Oh! You could cover the violet strip with black electrical tape and trim the edges off with an exacto knife for a perfect cover. Just an idea.

    We're gonna need more pics as you "upgrade" ;)
  12. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Man, that's nuts....fantastic. I love it.
  13. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
  14. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    If you can find an easy way to add a smoke generator, do it! :D
  15. I thought that was included in these amps......ouch......sorry, I kid. :D
  16. Bass 45

    Bass 45

    Jun 23, 2011
    Tempe, Arizona
    Nice stage prop!

    How about a personalized illuminated lucite logo on the tube cage?
  17. topcat2069

    topcat2069 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Cathedral City Ca.
    I would be proud to gig with that !!!!

    VERY cool....:cool:
  18. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
    Sorry to buck the trend but it looks silly, but horses for courses
  19. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    Too funny!
  20. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I will make the illuminated logo. When I was installing one of the threaded rods, my vice grips popped open and broke one of the tubes. The internals are still there, so a flicker flame LED would be perfect there. I was going to replace the broken tube, but then I thought the busted one would be funnier.

    It looks silly because it is silly. It serves absolutely no purpose. Isn't that true of all jokes?