Anybody Ever Heard of An Alamo Capri Amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Toneslinger, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Toneslinger

    Toneslinger Member

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    I was back home in Texas visiting the "old home guitar store" and my friend who runs the store was selling an amp for a kid on consignment. He wanted $20 for it and said it didn't work. I brought it home, had a friend who is an electronics guru a look at it and found it had a bad cap in it and replaced it. The thing fired right up.

    It has got to be one of the quietest tube amps i've ever heard.

    Unfortunatly I dont know that much about it and was wondering if anybody here had heard of them or knew anything about em.

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  2. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    Well, this is what I know...Alamo was a Texas based guitar amp company back in the 60's that made a number of different model amps that competed price wise pretty well with the Danelectro and Sears amps at the time...A few of my guitarist/friends here in Santa Fe are into Alamo's big time..they love em..I've seen a number of models from them...mostly EL84 based tube rectifier stuff,..I think they went out of business sometime in the 70's
     
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    I had one, cool little amp. Sadly I destroyed mine with an original EH LPB-1 and fuzz face.....hey I was like 13, I wanted a sunn beta lead and dad wouldn't spring for it while his old Alamo still kicked (and it did). Stupid kid (me).....
     
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    Made in San Antonio from the early 60s to 70s. The Capri was a low wattage amp made for many years and with many cosmetic changes over the years.
     
  5. Tom Gross

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    I have an early 50's Alamo "Jet" tweed champ-like amp, single ended, speaker sucks but sounds pretty cool at low volume.

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  6. Toneslinger

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    so based on the pic above, any feedback on the one I got?
     
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    that is a smokingly cool looking amp! I love it. does it sound as good as it looks?
     
  8. dk123123dk

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    I have an Alamo Embassy with similar cosmetics as that Capri.

    I have tried to research Alamo, and it seems they have made a few different circuits within one name. So its hard to tell what you got just by the name.

    My embassy has a solid state preamp and a single 6v6 and a tube rectifier and some sweet sounding tremolo. It has a square back 10" speaker. I converted the combo into an old PA head shell. Sounds MUCH better through modern speakers.

    I have heard that some of the Capri's are based on Champs. I think Alamo basically copied Fender amps, or were at least influenced by Fender.

    I love mine, a great find for low cash.

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