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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Valco w/ the cool grillcloth

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/msg/3695782324.html

That stuff is the craziest grillcloth ever, only seen a few surviving amps with the stuff for sale over the years. I'm pretty certain there is no source for the cloth(I've looked at some grillcloth suppliers and none had anything like it). I do some screenprinting and I'm thinking of scanning the pattern and burning a screen to make my own cloth. I'd like to cover my 2x12 cabinet in the stuff.

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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That design was everywhere in 1966. I remember whiling away the hours drawing designs like that. It's very easy to mimic. I think my junior high yearbook had a cover like that.
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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know who came up with the design but it appears to be related to the op-art movement maybe?
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That grille cloth and strobe lites, made you think you were high even when you weren't.

That is not a bad price if that amp checks out to be as advertised. Always try for less but $500 ain't bad.
What are the pre amp tubes,? looks like octals , that could be real interesting, but it could be just the way it looks in the pix, if they are 6sj7 or 6sn7 I'd be on that like a duck on a june bug.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 01:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well if I didn't have 4 funky old offbeat tube amps I'd be all over it. I just want the grillcloth is all. Just like I love seeing a full band with matching silverface equipment I think I'd be great to see a whole stage with this optical pattern stuff. Of course it's important to match the song selection with the grillcloth.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 07:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would so-o-o-o buy that grill cloth.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 07:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Very cool
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 10:51 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My sister has some very similar fabric in her design shop right now, a red pattern, but it's much to heavy to use as grillcloth. I'll teel her to keep her eyes peeled for something lighter.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 11:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yup! Might not actually be grillcloth, might be some type of upholstery fabric.
I want a Zoot Suit made outa that stuff! With Reet Pleats.
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Isn't that a true stereo amplifier??? Two preamp sections, two output sections. That is a hgue PT...it would have to be to run all of those tubes.
boredguy6060, unless I am mistaken, the preamp tubes up at the top are noval...9 pins. Everything down on the bottom are power tubes and rectifiers to my way of seeing things. one 5U4 and two 6L6's per side.
I would love to see the controls on that one. ONe side seems to have effects while the other side is 'plain'....different number of tubes per side up on top.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 03:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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And...if that amp were near me I would not be typing this...I would be on my way to buy it. That it has part of one of TWiggy's dresses for a grille cloth is just icing on the cake is what I am thinking. The amp may be way cooler than that cloth.
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yeah, on my pain meds, trust me it lets you know you are on drugs. laughs.
my guess its a silk curtain, or sheet, or something. probably not a run just for grill cloth. valco would of had to spend quite a bite just for a special run i think.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 07:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Wally you're right about the novals , I didn't see the tubes on top.
My pix aren't that good but are the input jacks along the top, if so how many are there?
i didn't see them anywhere else, and it does indeed appear to be stereo.
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Isn't that a true stereo amplifier??? Two preamp sections, two output sections. That is a hgue PT...it would have to be to run all of those tubes.
boredguy6060, unless I am mistaken, the preamp tubes up at the top are noval...9 pins. Everything down on the bottom are power tubes and rectifiers to my way of seeing things. one 5U4 and two 6L6's per side.
I would love to see the controls on that one. ONe side seems to have effects while the other side is 'plain'....different number of tubes per side up on top.
As of today the thing is still listed for sale. I'm suprised because geez the 4 RCA 6L6's and the jensen's alone you'd think would be worth something right there. After your post I looked closer at the amp and you're right, it does look like a sweet amp. If I hadn't just paid my dentist a wad of cash I'd be trying to add it to my collection.
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That thing looks supah sweet.
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