Old Park Valve amps

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  1. jockman

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    Hello all, could someone point me to a site that has info on old (70's) Park amps?

    Many thanks.

    Jon
     
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    Many thanks for the reply and the links, this will give me a good starting point.
    I think I will get some pics of the amp up so that they may jog someones memory.

    Jon
     
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    Which amp is it?
     
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    I'm afraid it is none of the amps shown on any off the sites, I need to do more detective work. I will get some pics taken.

    Jon
     
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    Pics would help. so would a description-lable, tubes, speakers, color etc.
     
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    I will have my camera back this evening, and will get pics and description up as soon as I can.:)
     
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    I have just been looking at the spec of the Marshall Handwired range, and my amp is VERY VERY similar to the inside of the 2061X head.
    Pics tomorrow.
     
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    It is from the mid-late '70s. I've seen one other one. I doubt the Fane is stock. Very nice amp.
     
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    Hi swarty, how can you tell the age?
    I also suspect the Fane is a non original, I am considering a 15" replacement, or get the amp setup for an extension cab.

    Jon
     
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    The style of board and the components on it. If I had to guess I'd say '78-'79. Is the chassis aluminum?

    It would be very easy to mount the chassis in a head shell and thus use any cab you like...It would most likely murder through a 4x12.
     
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    You may be able to get a date code off the big blue caps and/or the pots.
     
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    From the exterior you can tell by the csometics-
    That was the grill cloth, faceplate type, badge logo, rockerswitch and black input jacks (assuming all that is original) that they used on the parks and marshalls of the late 70's very early 80's.

    I've been hooked on Parks for a while. (I have a 1969- Park 75 head and matching Bluefront Basketweave 4x12).

    Like Swarty said, that thing polly sounds great thru a 4x12.
     
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    The only thing inconsistent is what appears to be a levant covering...but the components are a giveaway, those red surface-mount caps, and that blue cap laying on the board.... I owned a couple Club & Countrys that had a cap like that on the board.
     
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    from what little of the levant I can see, it looks like it may have been retolexed...

    Funny you mention Club and Country, that was the first amp I thought of when I saw the cosmetics...

    Actually when I saw the control layout i thought it might have been one of the solid state models from that period, but then I saw the internals...
     
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    Thankyou all very much for the replies.
    When I got the amp, I took it to a very reputable amp tech, he reckons that the cab and internals are not an original match, he also dated it to around the very early 70's, and reckons that there are some very late 60's parts in there.
    In all honesty, I don't really care now, after using it at band rehearsal last night, it is a superb sounding little amp, and I think I will put it into another cab, maybe a 2x12 for portability. It also seems to take to fx pedals well, I tried a marshall bluesbreaker 2 with it, wow!!!!.

    Jon
     
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    It is a very cool amp, and one that will appreciate nicely over time... how can you beat a piece of gear that you use, enjoy, and make you money ???

    FWIW, your tech is wrong on this one. I'd sure welcome his slant on what parts are from what era, but I saw nothing in the amp that looked out of place. It is without doubt circa '78-'81...or possibly a bit later. I think there is actually a schematic for this amp in the Marshall book...towards the back.
     

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