Jim Kelly amps - Post Your Pics!

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  1. T92780

    T92780 Gold Supporting Member

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    Perhaps you know Tom (TR).
     
  2. Rick Towne

    Rick Towne P&W--Praise & Western--on 6, 8 and 12 strings. Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, there were three of these. I had one for some years and sold it to a guy who had the second one. That was about 12 years ago.
     
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    I know Tom (TR). He's worked on my guitars for years. It was in part because of him that I made the leap to get a Kelley, glad I did ;)
     
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    Hey Bob,

    You sure the AH Kelley Line Amp was a rack mount - the picture on Jim's site shows Allan playing what looks to be a single-channel head? Do you recall if it had reverb? FX loop? In any case, would love to hear more about it...

    Thanks!

    chris
     
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    Allan’s was a single channel head as I recall.

    There were also some rack mount preamps that utilized the Line Amp concept.
     
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    Thanks, Jim! Great info. I wonder where that amp is today...

    chris
     
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    All I know is I’m still waiting to be paid for it. ;-)
     
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    My bad Chris, it wasn't a Line amp it was the proto JK100? Solid State amp that Jim had been working on at the time, Wes Patterson had it, should have bought it, always wondered how that amp sounded.
     
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    Oh no! Sorry to hear that. :/
     
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    No worries, Bob! I bet it sounded great, but please... I don't need another rare Kelley amp quest, thank you. ;)

    chris
     
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    Imperial_Tone All things with a Maple Cap

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    Realized I never posted in here..


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    Thanks for that, Mscotts! I am lucky enough to have recently acquired an FACS Line Amp (similar to the one on Reverb), so I'm more curious about the single channel ones. I am aware of about 6 Line Amps - out of the 12-15 that are supposed to exist - but they are all the two channel variety.

    chris
     
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    Not to worry. He gave an autographed album, an 8x10, and the album credit, all of which mean a lot more to me at this point.
     
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    Well, at least two people on this thread think that the AH/Line Amp combination (circa 1985) is still the high-water mark for recorded electric guitar tone. Not as glossy as an 8x10 maybe, but fwiw. :)

    chris
     
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    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    That's not a realistic price. I'm usually willing to pay more than just about anyone for Jims stuff and I know the market better than most. But the prices on reverb are just silly. With that said. The overall market for Jims stuff went up substantially one they announced the discontinuation.
     
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    IMO there aren't enough Line amp sales for there to be a "market".
    I'd want to see at least three sales before claiming "that's what they sell for".
    And preferably more like 5-10 sales.
    And didn't someone say there are only like 13 of them in existence?
    If there's no market, then each sale is different: it cost what it cost.
     
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    Kelley amps have returned to the shadows, the murky world of "someone bought it and no one's saying what they paid for it". I'm of two minds on this. On one hand, my FACS is probably worth more than I paid for it, so that's good. But, Jim's stuff deserves to be more well known and used by more folks. As it stands, there's probably more Dumbles out there for sale and changing hands than there are Kelley amps, which is sad.

    And yeah, I forget the exact number of Line Amps, but it's not many. And since they were all different from each other (I think Jim said he was basically experimenting with the idea but hadn't settled on a finished topology before the company closed), there really can't be a market per se. They sell for whatever they actually sell for...

    On a related note, Jim, if you're following this and you have a few chassis left lying around... you should either arrange to be dead for a while (see the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy) or become impossible to contact, pump up the value of the amps to the $50k range, then build two or 3 a year as a retirement fund!
     
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