Amp companies that have gone out of business

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  1. rhythmrocker

    rhythmrocker 1966 Battle of the Bands Supporting Member

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    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!

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    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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  2. S. S. Bender

    S. S. Bender Member

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    Bedrock
    Jim Kelley
    Pearce
     
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  3. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

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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
     
  4. Peppy

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    Jordan.
    AIMS.
    ELK.
    I'm old.
     
  5. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    Blues Pearl
    Rockytop
    Zwengel
    Maven Peal
    all fine amps btw
     
  6. Joe Perry

    Joe Perry Gold Supporting Member

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    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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    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
     
  9. Live Wire

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  10. rydia is hot

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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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    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.
     
  13. Joe Perry

    Joe Perry Gold Supporting Member

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    I think Standel also falls in this category....
     
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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
     
  16. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

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    Why are people posting same names as those that are already posted? Can you guys read the thread and only post new ones? THanks

    WHen I mentioned Supro, I meant the originals , as obviously they had been out for many years, but cool someone has re-bought the name! Eric
     
  17. TwoTubMan

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    I was one of the lucky few that actually got their amp when Vintone did his meltdown.
     
  18. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

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    Electrasonic. . . . I also thought Electroplex was , but just checked and maybe they're back ?
     
  19. Joe Perry

    Joe Perry Gold Supporting Member

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    They've been back for a couple of years but I haven't heard much about their comeback. Almost ordered a Texas Flood 90 head last year when I saw that they were back.
     
  20. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep , I agree, haven't heard a word!!! I decided to look them up b4 I posted though , and yep seems like they're in business! Eric
     

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