Show your Cool, Weird Amps!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Redbell, May 17, 2008.

  1. Redbell

    Redbell Member

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    You know - that strange amp that for some unexplainable reason kicks all kinds of butt. Perhaps you met in a pawn shop or a yard sale but you were never the same after.
    I don't have one, justLooking for the really different stuff!
     
  2. clemduolian

    clemduolian Silver Supporting Member

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    Circa 1956/57 Johnson Monarch M-4. 2 channels (hi-lo input for each)Control knobs are Vol1, Vol2, "Highs," "Depth" and 'Ultra Highs." By Albert Johnson, Johnson Sound Systems, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. 2 x 6L6; 2 x 5Y3 rectifier tubes. GREAT sounds!
     
  3. SatelliteAmps

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    Johnson looks cool. How'd you date it? Any idea what the preamp section is? Just curious.
     
  4. stratotonedude

    stratotonedude Senior Member

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    That rules on many levels.
     
  5. Chrome Dinette

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    Weber Smokin Joe II circuit built into old Bogen PA head. 2xEL84 outputs, first preamp tube is in cascode. It doesn't really sound like anything else, but I guess it is in Vox territory.



    Homemade 50 watt head with two 6L6's. The first gain stage is a 7 pin pentode. I think I have a 5654 in there right now. There is a presence control on the back. At high volumes, the low end feels a tiny bit mushy, but single notes on the higher strings sound great.



    Homemade head with 2 6550's in the output. This is sort of a Marshall/Sunn type of thing, with Partridge transformers from an old Sound City amp. It gets quite loud and crunchy. There are two input channels, one of them using a 5840 subminiature pentode. After I built this, I sold my last manufactured amp(VHT Deliverance) because I like this better.
     
  6. Chrome Dinette

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    This amp belongs to TGP poster Phantasm:

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    The amp/chassis came from a movie projector. He rehoused it and I did a cap job, added fuse cap, power cord, etc. The amp has a 5y3, 2 6v6's, a 6j7, a 6j5 and a 6sn7. There was a third 6v6 used as an oscillator for the optical pickup, but I got rid of that and some other uneccessary parts. It sounds great.
     
  7. Maruuk

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    Picked this up at World Music in Simi Valley, CA in 1990 for $275. Approx 1980 Model 165 with the 200-watt EVL. Switchable FET/Tube (12AX7) front end. Switchable 100/60 watts--4 6L6GCs. Weighs 85 lbs. Stupefying cleans, unlimited headroom. Huge bottom end, good for urban renewal, will blow walls down.
     

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