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SHOW OFF your Supro, Silvertone, Danelectro, Alamo, and any OFF-BRAND AMP!

valcotone

Gold Supporting Member
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I love amps... and I really love many of the off brand amps that often are neglected and sitting in the dusty corner of some music shop.

Well here's a thread to show off your Supro, Valco, National, Danelectro, Silvertone, Alamo, Univox, Kalamazoo, Airline, Kay, Lectrolab, Teisco, Premier, Sano, Gretsch, Harmony.... etc.

If possible, PLEASE post tube line-up and speaker details... but don't let that stop you from posting pics if you don't have that info.

Here we go... here's my 1956 National Stage Star with (4) oval 6x11" Rola AlNiCo speakers, Tubes: 5V4, 6L6GB, 6L6GB, 6SC7 P/I, 5879 inst, 6SJ7 mic, 6SQ7 trem.



 

Derwood

Member
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543
I haven't taken any pictures of my own, but here's a clip of my Kalamazoo Reverb 12 posted by the shop before my girlfriend got it for me for Christmas. It was a very nice surprise. Pretty much all original with the cover and footswitch. I did remove the death cap and added a grounded plug. Planning on a different speaker and replacing the electrolytics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFbAKy0Lwzo&feature=channel
 

korby

Senior Member
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10,284
Not the prettiest amp but it does have nice faux ostrich tolex .
1960's Harmony H400A
 

Simto

Member
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4,502
This is my favourite "just going over for a little jam" / Holiday amp, i love it, it has a great warmth

 

nsriley

Member
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Here my modded Marvel 35....I've never heard of it, but think it was a no name lapsteel amp back in the day. It was shot, so my buddy hot rodded it for me.


 

nmiller

Drowning in lap steels
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6,704
Interesting - Marvel guitars were made by Kay, but that looks like a Harmony-built amp.
 

epluribus

Member
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9,170
A pair of '66-ish Kalamazoo Model IIs. Got 'em as a pair, the one on the right was badly damaged. Made one very nice OEM amp out of the two, and the other is now a FrankenAmp. (Am Std Strat and an LP BlondeTop, bg.)



A '69 Univox U-1221 w original footswitch. "100W" 2 x 6L6GC that actually pushes about sixty (but clean) with 620+V on the plates. Atop is the aforementioned FrankenAmp in early mod doing duty as sort of a Hertzoggian dirt pedal, back before the really major mods. Guitar: '85 Aria Pro II Ironman Standard. (The Nuge's auto on the wing. Likewise auto'd [different Ted tho) Weber Mass atop the Univox.)




--Ray
 

valcotone

Gold Supporting Member
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2,861
Nice amps guys!!

Nigel11 - I believe yours is a mid-40's Supro amp.

Here are a few more:

1948 McKinney/Valco Supreme amp... 10" Rola field-coil speaker... tubes: 6J7, 6SC7, (2) 6V6GT, 5Y3.... I sold this one after posting this YouTube video




1954 Eddie Alkire amp (same as the Supro Airline model 1666)... 10" Rola f/c speaker and 6sQ7, 6SC7, (2) 6V6, 5Y3 tubes... similar amp to the one above but sounds better:




1954 Bronson Melody King by Valco, similar to the National Sportsman or Deluxe... Jensen P12Q, tubes: 6SL7, 6SC7, 6L6G, 6L6G, 6AX5GT.

 

sinner

Member
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3,904
Nice amps! I just wish everyone used one of these little guys--great tone at comfortable volume, because if everyone used one that's all anyone would need!
 

bunuel

Member
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1,027
My Kalamazoo Reverb 12. 2 el84, 3 12ax7, reverb, trem, thru an eminence legend 10" alnico (best fit for the amp!). Inspiring lo-fi.


 

bunuel

Member
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1,027
Fairly rare silvertone. Contrary to the badge, it's not stereo or hi-fi. Great for raunchy early Ron Woods type tones. on of my fave single ended 6 watt amps, 6v6, 6x5gt, 12ax7. I've got Airline-badged dano w/ the same tube complement. Dunno if it's the primitive circuit or the tube lineup w/ 6x5 rectifier, but these are just great amps for raunchy ragged guitar tone. N. Daniels had it down, from circuitry to appearance, gotta love his stuff.

 
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TravisE

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
4,549
I love amps... and I really love many of the off brand amps that often are neglected and sitting in the dusty corner of some music shop.

Well here's a thread to show off your Supro, Valco, National, Danelectro, Silvertone, Alamo, Univox, Kalamazoo, Airline, Kay, Lectrolab, Teisco, Premier, Sano, Gretsch, Harmony.... etc.

If possible, PLEASE post tube line-up and speaker details... but don't let that stop you from posting pics if you don't have that info.

Here we go... here's my 1956 National Stage Star with (4) oval 6x11" Rola AlNiCo speakers, Tubes: 5V4, 6L6GB, 6L6GB, 6SC7 P/I, 5879 inst, 6SJ7 mic, 6SQ7 trem.



I used to have one VERY similar labeled "Aztek" that had 3 of those 6X9 speakers. It sounded fantastic and was one of my favorite amps ever for, believe it or not, bass tracks!

Here's my humble offering:



Danelectro Maestro. 1x12" speaker, 2x6L6's. The amp's at my drummer's studio and I can't remember the other tubes. I know it has one of those 6SJ7's in it. It has 2 channels, and vibrato that's just delicious!

Great thread, BTW!!
 

Nigel11

Member
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310
Nice amps guys!!

Nigel11 - I believe yours is a mid-40's Supro amp.

Here are a few more:

1948 McKinney/Valco Supreme amp... 10" Rola field-coil speaker... tubes: 6J7, 6SC7, (2) 6V6GT, 5Y3.... I sold this one after posting this YouTube video




1954 Eddie Alkire amp (same as the Supro Airline model 1666)... 10" Rola f/c speaker and 6sQ7, 6SC7, (2) 6V6, 5Y3 tubes... similar amp to the one above but sounds better:




1954 Bronson Melody King by Valco, similar to the National Sportsman or Deluxe... Jensen P12Q, tubes: 6SL7, 6SC7, 6L6G, 6L6G, 6AX5GT.

Thanks for the info. I need to get it back to playing condition. It needs a speaker and tubes maybe but it still works. I have played through it but there is a hole in the speaker. I can't believe my mom found it at a yard sale for a buck.
 




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