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Old 01-14-2012, 04:59 AM
rhythmrocker rhythmrocker is offline
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Amp companies that have gone out of business

I was unaware that Faustine went under. Please list what amp/amp-related companies that you know of that have gone actually gone under. Please leave out negative and bashing commentary - just the names folks, that's all this OP wants. If this thread gets nasty, I'll yank it for sure and certainly support the mods doing so. Before you post, please do some research and see what you can find out. Let's not list companies that are "out of business" if we are not sure as that would hurt those companies. Here's one useful webiste for more information: http://www.jedistar.com/jedistar%20amp%20dating.htm
Thanks all!

Updated through Post #136:
ADA (amps)
AIMS (were distributed by Randall Instruments)
Alamo (out in ’82)
Allied Radio
Audio Guild (Van Nuys, CA): Versatone, Lyric, and Titano amps
Bedrock
Belov Amps
Blankenship (to become amp repair)
Blockhead (associated with 3 Monkeys Amps)
BluesLand (out last in 2009)
Bruno Amps (see http://www.brunoamps.com/)
Carlson
Coral (late 60's only)
Dean Markley (they make MicroAmps - e.g. 3-watt amps)
Dumble (very selectively builds amps now)
Electrasonic (gone May 2010?; not to be confused with Electroplex, maker of Rocket Amps)
ELK
Fat Boy (Norb Funk)
Faustine
Gibson Amps (2008?)
Groove Tube Amps
Guild
Hafler (out in 2008)
HeathKit
Heritage (out in 2008?)
H&H (Harrison & Heald)
Hilgen
Hi-Mu Amps http://himuamp.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html
Holland (out b/t 2002 – 2004)
Holmes amplifiers, USA made solid state from 1970s and 80s.
Jim Kelley (comeback definite)
Johnson British Amplification
Jordan (out in the ‘70s)
Judybox
Kittyhawk (no order link)
LabSeries
Legend
Lectrosonics The Lectrosonics company still exists but no longer makes Mouse and Maxi Mouse amps. They do, however, continue to repair these amps by installing new batteries. [Source: Harp]
Madison Amps (ended 2010)
Magnatone
Music Man (out in ’82?)
Oliver Sound Company (1969?)
Overbuilt Amps http://www.overbuiltamps.com/
Pearce
Pepco (Pine Electronics) http://sites.google.com/site/pepcotubeampinfo/
Plush (no amps; "absorbed" by Fuchs Audio,makes pedals and speaker cabinet)
Realistic
Red Bear amplifiers were hand made manufactured (by hand) by a company called Novik, ltd. located in St. Petersburg, Russia. [Source and more information: Red Bear tribute site]
Reverend (amps)
REXX Acoustics (Canada)
Rhino Amplification
Rock Amps
Rockytop
S2amps http://www.s2amps.com/products.html
Sano (out in 1980)
Selmer (UK)
Seymour Duncan (amps)
Silvertone
Sound City
Sundown Technology (Dennis Kager made; now made by SHS International)
Teisco
Texas amplifiers. International Music Corp
Tube Works (Tube Works amplifiers became part of Genz Benz)
Trainwreck (Ken Fisher)
Twister Amps
Univox http://www.univox.org/amps/uniamp.html
Vanous
Vintone Circuits
Visual Sound Amps
WEM (UK) - Watkins Dominator

Note - in this thread, these have been discussed and confirmed to be in business:
ADA (pedals/preamps) http://www.adaamps.com/
Blues Pearl http://bluespearlamps.com/product.php?productid=20&cat=31&page=1
Chicago Blues Box http://www.customguitargear.com/cbluesbox.html
Danelectro (amps) http://www.danelectro.com/more_honey.html
Electroplex http://electroplex.com/
Maven Peal http://www.mavenpeal.com/gear.html
Naylor Amps http://www.naylorengineering.com/#
PRS http://www.prsguitars.com/prs30/
Risson Amps http://members.ebay.com.sg/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=risson
Quidley http://www.quidleyamps.com/
Reinhardt Amplification (on hiatus) http://www.reinhardtamps.com/
Standel http://www.standelamps.com/
Star Amps (Mark Sampson; Custom Orders at this time): http://www.tonetronix.com/c/Star-Amps/Star-Amps.html; http://supersoundmusic.com/brand.asp?id=13
Straub http://www.straubamps.com VERY MUCH IN BUSINESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Supro (now owned by Zinky)
Zwengel http://valvetech.byethost14.com/
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:45 AM
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Bedrock
Jim Kelley
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:47 AM
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Blues Pearl , ADA, Vanous, LabSeries, Supro, Sano,Magnatone, Legend, Seymour Duncan, Sound City, Bluesland, possibly Dumble? ,

Of course Seymour Duncan is still in business, as is Gibson , but those were amp mfrs that aren't in business any more. Eric
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:03 AM
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Jordan.
AIMS.
ELK.
I'm old.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:04 AM
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Blues Pearl
Rockytop
Zwengel
Maven Peal
all fine amps btw
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:05 AM
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Bedrock
Jim Kelley
Pearce
FWIW, Jim Kelley amps are making a comeback with a partnership with John Suhr/JST Technologies. It's sure to be a winning comination.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:14 AM
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:17 AM
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Blues Pearl
Rockytop
Zwengel
Maven Peal
all fine amps btw
Maven Peal is up and running -it says copyright 2010-12.
Amps are listed too.
I think that for some time they weren't offering amps.

Lloyd
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:44 AM
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Quidley
PRS
Blankenship
Bedrock
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:52 AM
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For the record, both Supro and PRS have been listed, but Bruce Zinky owns the rights to the Supro name (yes, the original company is gone, but there are amps coming out under that brand), and PRS has relaunched its line.

The clarification might be useful for some people.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:52 AM
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:00 PM
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Standell
Kittyhawk
Quidley
PRS
Blankenship
Bedrock
Think Standel is still in business.
Quidley. Did a Swart/Quidley amp seminar out here in Mexico Norteno and Ed Quidley was kind enough to fly out for it. Too bad they didn't take off.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:01 PM
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For the record, both Supro and PRS have been listed, but Bruce Zinky owns the rights to the Supro name (yes, the original company is gone, but there are amps coming out under that brand), and PRS has relaunched its line.

The clarification might be useful for some people.
I think Standel also falls in this category....
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:26 PM
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:52 PM
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I could be wrong, but I believe AIMS was absorbed by Randall. I purchased a new one in '74 that had a Randall sticker on the top. Regards Skizziks
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