NVAD Sears Silvertone 1484

eazywind

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New Vintage Amp Day. Local Craigslist find. Looks to be all original. Haven't looked under the hood etc..... Works fine. Just tested it for a hour and don't want to do anymore until I get the cord changed to a 3 prong. Anyone know how to date these things? I love old stuff and this will complement my 1967 Yamaha SA 5 nicely.
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eazywind

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Baffle board looks to have been replaced at some point.
Yup. The wood inserts and plastic tabs at the bottom rear corners that hold the amp in the enclosure are also missing. And the logo is missing from the grill.
 

Leonc

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Speakers are the things that are most often changed (other than tubes) on old amps like this (though I have no reason to think they were on this amp), so to help solidify your date estimate. Dust off those transformers and look for EIA codes. If you don't know how to read 'em, it's simple: google is your friend. You may find similar codes on the pots or on the capacitor canister. Together these EIA codes will give you a very good feel for the dates, beyond what is on the speakers.
 

lpdeluxe

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These are muy cool. Here's my '63 I picked up for $40 in 1974. One of the very cool things is that techs love 'em: simple circuits, point-to point wiring lotsa room. Mine still gets used.

 

rockometeramp

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Yup. The wood inserts and plastic tabs at the bottom rear corners that hold the amp in the enclosure are also missing. And the logo is missing from the grill.
Yeah, when you remove the baffle, you probably have to remove the blocks that hold the front of the amp head in. I make repro cabinets for these, and I followed a friends original for measurements. The blocks were the last thing I trial fit, and since my baffles are 3/8" birch with a 1/4 inch ledger, the baffle would not be able to be removed without removing the blocks. So I had to unglue them and used screws instead, just in case someone ever needs to remove the baffle.

Cool amp score, see if it's been recapped, you really should replace all the electrolytics in there. I have a reverb mod that works nice if you're interested, pm anytime.
 




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