Amps that quietly faded into obscurity.

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  1. LPVM

    LPVM Member

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    My other one is like that. It's a '65 that was found in storage in it's original box by a family cleaning out the house of a guy who had passed away. It was in the box so long small bits of Styrofoam were sticking to the tolex. It's a time capsule amp.

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  2. JukeBoxRat

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    Anyone ever try or have a Wizard amp? I always wanted to try one out after seeing that Schenker and Jabs from the Scorpions used them. Like the Marshall aesthetics, but have never seen one in person. I'd post a pic, but my Imgr account seems to be having some issues.
     
  3. 70' s Tone

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  4. IYWBBYGBG

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    Lol, wait what happened on this?!
     
  5. Halsey

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    There was a lot of hype on the Xits amps, and they were being sold through Fat Sound who was apparently taking deposits and sales but not passing the orders on to Xits. So there were long waits and no amps and then the excuse of a saw blade severing the amp builder’s hand and the whole Fat Sound scandal became public and Xits tried to reintroduce the line later at like 4K for a single 10” speaker Vox clone.

    I don’t know who was in or out on what and if builder and dealer were in cahoots or if builder just got too backlogged but it was a mess. They were the buzz worthy darling of the Gear Page for awhile. Now?
     
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  6. macmax77

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    I missed that one.
     
  7. tonedover

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    blackheart

    (yes yes subsidiary of crate)
     
  8. ucnick

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    Those were GREAT amps! I played one at Suburban Music in Glenside PA back in early '74 and loved it! But I was a student at Penn State Ogontz at the time and had no money... :oops:
     
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  9. gaelicsolus

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    Sunns have been all the rage in the PNW for the last decade or two....
     
  10. Big Al Z

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    How about Kalamazoo!! I have 2 Model II amps. It’s my first amp from ‘69 and still have it.

    Did anyone mention Electrosonic ?? Very Jetsons inspired.
     
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  11. ucnick

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    Wow haven't seen one of those for years, had forgotten about them. The other guitarist in my 75 - 76 band Thrust had one, not a bad amp as I recall. Was it tube or SS? I don't remember. Heck don't remember much from back then, way too much chemical enhancement was going on...:rolleyes:
     
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  13. Crimson Queen

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    I had completely forgotten about this brand! Scofield played one.
     
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  14. Crimson Queen

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    The one we have is a bass amp. The head is the preamp. The power transistors are in the cabinet. It can only be used as a pair. It sounds great, actually.
     
  15. GtrGeorge!

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    You beat me to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    I Love all things ADA!! Because the sound and innovation. He is still in biz , and his newer stuff seems killer. But I STILL want one of their 90s combo amps. STILL.
     
  16. GtrGeorge!

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    The amps by A.R.T have been mentioned...but I want to go deeper....
    way deeper into obscurity....
    A.R.T. made a combo amp in the early 1990s that had a CARBON FIBER cabinet. Super Light!!
    I never had a chance to hear one..but...A.R.T. was MXR initially so I have faith it would be good.
     
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  17. teemuk

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    Ah, the Attack series, those cabs also had 'ribbing' to prevent standing waves occuring in typical box structures. Some thought dedicated to design.
    A.R.T amps are real sleepers. Seems that it is customary to loathe them, but many were actually designed by the same guy who designed Lab Series and Pearce amps and they share a lot in common. One can consider them as modernized versions of Pearce G3, with more ample feature set introduced by solid state switching.
    The construction was reputedly on the sloppy side, though.
     
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  18. Thumpalumpacus

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    I remember lusting after one of those. Seemed like a great concept, was sorry to see it fade away.
     
  19. Thumpalumpacus

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    Mine didn't fade. It died complete with mojo-smoke, sad to say. Sounded great until then.
     
  20. LordThurisaz

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    Egnater's melting down seems to be pretty par for the course.
     

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