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What should I do with this Bell & Howell Filmosound amp?

carltonh

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Got this at a garage sale. It still has original Bell & Howell branded 6L6Gs in it. I'm tempted to plug it in, despite reservations I may be electrocuted.

What is it worth? What should I do with it? (Don't say give it away.) Anyway to date it without taking it apart? I'd guess 1960-1965. I've forgotten how to date the speakers by the codes.

I know these expect more signal than a passive electric guitar, so a pedal or preamp could theoretically make it a nice amp.

Seeing if links to Google+ pictures works:


 

Flogger59

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The first day the "medecine" worked (in the mid 70's) a buddy was cranking through a slightly older version of this with his electric. It sounded awesome, then sparks and blue light erupted from the back. That was awesome, too.
 

samdjr74

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Cool man

:dude

The first day the "medecine" worked (in the mid 70's) a buddy was cranking through a slightly older version of this with his electric. It sounded awesome, then sparks and blue light erupted from the back. That was awesome, too.
 

samdjr74

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It is but I think they just use the chassis and gut the rest. I tried to turn one into a guitar amp. If you know what you're doing it might work fairly well. I just didn't know what I was doing so I ended up with a broken amp for a film projector, not a high demand for those.

Isn't this the basis for those At Mars amps? Those things sound killer!
 




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