NO NAME, NO CLUE, PLEASE ADVISE

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NO NAME, NO CLUE, PLEASE ADVISE

Postby GGhelpless on Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:04 pm

GREETINGS!

My name is Gregg, I would like to thank you all in advance for the knowledge and advice!

I bought this l'thing from a garage sale many years ago and never used it. I plugged it in today to try it out and it works great! indicators work, controls work, inputs work, and it sounds really great and loud! (played a fat strat through it and into a marshall cab)

I don't know the brand, age, watts, price? I would like to sell it to someone who would appreciate it, but I'm not sure what its worth or what it is.

please help.... also if these pictures don't work ill try them again.

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Re: NO NAME, NO CLUE, PLEASE ADVISE

Postby folksnake on Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:03 am

Hi Gregg-
I may not have much more of a clue than you do, but I'm intrigued by your amp and thought I'd throw some thoughts out there--

I have no definitive idea about it, but there are aspects of it that echo certain amp lines. Like the knobs--they look like Silvertone knobs. Or Lafayette/Univox/Airline etc--just depends what era. I have a Kalamazoo that has knobs like that--that style was fairly standard on cheaper amps in certain periods--like the early-to-mid 60's. And since this is a tube amp, you can guess it was from that same era.

It definitely has some odd qualities--like the amount of indicator lamps (and their shapes) and the odd staggered spacing of the knobs. That alone looks like a Silvertone 1482 laid on it's side (Silvertones were made by Danelectro, I believe, so there's another rabbit hole to dive down). You just don't see knobs spaced like that very often. It 'wastes' so much space! That's why it has the look of a home-made rig (not saying it is; just an observation).

It kind of looks like it could have been a kit (Lafayette/HeathKit again). And that furry covering has to be a replacement job by some misguided youth :) It can't be original, I'm thinking--it doesn't fit the aesthetics of the rest of the amp.

I think it would be very interesting if you would take the chassis out of the case and have a look at the guts of it. Easy enough to do (be careful!). There might be a mark or label in there that would clear things up a bit. Might even indicate country of origin.

Also--it seems like there is a lot of empty space on the faceplate--did someone scrape off the brand name at some point? Any ghost of a decal that might still be visible in the right light?

And what does that knob (on the far right) do? Does it say Power Monitor? What IS that?

Lots of questions, no answers. Yet!

It seems to be a real mutt :) I like mutts.

Chris

PS Maybe this will help narrow it down https://dustyoldamp.wordpress.com/orpheum-700-video-2/
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Re: NO NAME, NO CLUE, PLEASE ADVISE

Postby tracynorton on Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:39 am

chassis, transformers, and knobs suggest Valco design...possibly for Sears & Roebuck or Montgomery Wards. That's where I would research.
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Re: NO NAME, NO CLUE, PLEASE ADVISE

Postby housekustoms on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:08 am

I'm a little bit :old: now, but I still like to :jam:

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Re: NO NAME, NO CLUE, PLEASE ADVISE

Postby stratele52 on Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:25 am

Post your image here, I can't see them !

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Re: NO NAME, NO CLUE, PLEASE ADVISE

Postby GGhelpless on Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:47 pm

Wow thank you all so much!

I looked closer to find a brand a that may have worn away or scrapped off., but no luck

I do believe it is the same as the that Valco. It's a PA amp head. The power knob doesn't seem to do much but make the indicator light up. I think it is to protect from clipping when using a mic.

It has to be that Valco, they are identical, except mine is in way worse physical condition, haha. I originally intended on selling it, I put it on reverb, but after using it recently I think I'm gonna hold on to it. It sounds so good with an acoustic electric plugged into it. Also I don't know what a fair price would be. Haha

This has been a lot of fun to research and utilize this forum, thank you all!
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