Olds Counterweight

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Olds Counterweight

Post by Geordie » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:49 am

Any idea if a counterweight from an 1960s Olds Recording will fit on a 1950s Olds Special?
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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by Geordie » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:31 pm

As footfall seems to have increased lately, thought I’d bump this and see if any new arrivals can help.
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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by mwpfoot » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:31 pm

I've got the counterweight, and the Recording it lives on, and a Super that it fits too, but no Special with which to compare.

Are braces same?

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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by Geordie » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:18 am

Not sure if the dimensions are the same.
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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by mwpfoot » Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:09 pm

OK, I wrapped a piece of wire around the Recording post(s) on which the counterweight fits, straightened it out, and measured, giving the post an approximate outer diameter of 1 5/8".

If someone can do this with a Special, we'll have our answer. Slightly smaller would be ok, to a point - the counterweight can be padded a bit on the inside with cloth tape or similar.

(Hopefully my Super is out at my parent's place, can't find it!)

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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by Geordie » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:30 am

Thank you. Appreciated.
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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by Arrowhead » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:58 pm

I have both horns but don't know off the top of my head unless i dig them out of the basement. I've always felt that the older Special doesn't really need a counterweight, unless you like to use a bucket mute. The mid 70's version came with the oblong counterweight. I believe the braces are the same on the 70's Special as compared to the older L.A. Specials. But compared with the Recording...... guess would be.....not really? I'll check tomorrow.....
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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by Arrowhead » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:40 pm

So I tinkered around with various Olds horns and the result is...
No, the Recording counterweight is too big for the Special.
The Studio counterweight however, will fit the Special.
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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by Geordie » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:45 am

Very interesting and very helpful. Thank you.
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Re: Olds Counterweight

Post by mwpfoot » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:55 am

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