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Garage Sale Find!!! vintage Tube.

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by keithb7, May 6, 2012.

  1. keithb7

    keithb7 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    Out West
    I just got a little luck come my way! Just around the corner from home I found a vintage Canadian made "Garnet" tube amp. About 5W, 8" original speaker. USA Tung Sol tremolo tube. 12AX7 pre amp. Main tubes are pretty small, long thin and not labeled, not sure what they are. Cranked up it sounded amazing.
    No circuit board, staright point to point wiring. $70 took it away. Pics to come when I get home. So excited!!! More details to come.

    Found this on the net... Looks exactly like this:
  2. rangercaster

    rangercaster Friend of Leo's

    May 8, 2008
    portland, or
    Garnet is a legendary Canadian amp maker ... nice score !!!
  3. kydog

    kydog Tele-Meister

    Sep 3, 2008
    SLC utah
    nice score!!!
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  5. KCKC

    KCKC Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 10, 2008
    Hingham, MA
    WooooHooo! Lovin' those yard sales!!


  6. Kyluckyman

    Kyluckyman Tele-Holic

    Feb 9, 2010
    Western Kentucky
    Congratulations on a great find! I'll bet it really sounds good!
  7. bunny 7

    bunny 7 Tele-Holic

    Apr 14, 2012
    Louisville, Ky.
    Congrats, cool amp.
    Here's a link on some of the Garnet amps, history, etc. if it's helpful.

    I have a Revolution 1 combo that's labeled as a Pro ll, if you look at the link mine is under the section called "stencil" amps, which are Garnet amps made for other companies. My chassis is labeled Revolution 1 and has Garnet info on the back.
  8. jipp

    jipp Friend of Leo's

    man cool find. im never that lucky. im the black sheep of the family tho so. i should not be surprised. when i saw it was made in canada it caught my interest because i have a 30wat solid state head that was made in canada. and it has a gold face plate branded as sears on the back it says made in canada. thought maybe this guy built it. but i see he did not build anything for sears, but he sure made some cool amps with even cooler names for other company's/outlets/stores. i want one of his Vagabond amps just cause i dig the name and a 7wat bedroom rocker. heh. ill have to keep my eye out around here. i live in snowbird country and a lot of people come from canada here for the winter. they stay for six month then go home so its no surprise his amps are here. very cool. now i found out he did not make any amps for sears off to read his bio. love learning. oooo i jumped the gun. he did make some for sears. ill look now if its one of his amps. if it is i can post a picture for that webpage.

    UPDATE. no its not one of his amps. it looks to have a spring reverb so that would explain why i like the reverb on this clean sounding amp. the only issue it had was scratchy pots. so thats why i stop using it and just put it under my bed. not that it matters but this is the code for the SA:

    LR 29603 then it says "simpsons SEARS" model 26138 under that in small print it says c 575-114408" then your typical 1 and 2 input jacks. then volume, tone, rate ( whatever that dose ) depth,reverb. then a foot jack and then it says an ahead product above the jack and below it it says foot switch then in small print says made in canada and under that it says
    register trade mark of ahead music corporation limited"

    first time iv looked at this amp in a long time. laughs. the head is in decent shape. tolex is folding up on the bottom a little on the right side i could glue this back down ithink. any how its a clean sounding amp, with sweet revube add some depth and you get the beach boys surf tone. laughs.

    any canadian out there know of this ahead company? this first time iv really even bothered to try and find info out about it. the scratchy pots made it no fun to play with. so took it off the 4x12 cab and put it under my bed.

    thanks for the motivation, now ill have to see if i can find some info on this company maybe they are still in buiness in canada..

    Last edited: May 6, 2012
  9. bunny 7

    bunny 7 Tele-Holic

    Apr 14, 2012
    Louisville, Ky.
    jipp, Garnet did make some for Sears in Canada, scroll down the page for a pic in the "S" section.


    Model D45R

    Single Channel - 20 Watts RMS
    This is another large retailer that went to Garnet to provide it with amps to sell in its stores. While the name Sears is most often associated with Silvertone amps (in the US) Garnet produced amps for marketing by the retail giant's Canadian arm, which at the time was known as Simpson Sears.
  10. jipp

    jipp Friend of Leo's

    yeah this says simpson sears on it. but it dose not have the the code they say to look for. this also says 30wats

  11. bunny 7

    bunny 7 Tele-Holic

    Apr 14, 2012
    Louisville, Ky.
  12. jipp

    jipp Friend of Leo's

    thanks paul. ill check it out after i lay down for a bit. bad leg gave out on me so need to elevated so it does not swell up.

    decided to look at the picture, thats the head alright. wish i had the cab. probably sounds good in that. at least i know why it could push my 4x12 cab with the loudness it did.
  13. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Gar Gilles(sp?) made some great sounding amps.
  14. keithb7

    keithb7 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    Out West
    Ok the amp is home and pluged in. It sounds amazing. A little slap back delay with my Tele..MMM tasty. The weirdest thing is I cannot find a power transformer in this little guy. Hey, I'm laughing too...I have been in my share of amps. There is no PT! Just an output tranny. 2 prong cord. One end goes to grounding strip, other end to the power switch. From the on/off switch to the volume knob and first electrolytic cap. I think I will post pics over in the D.I.Y. amp builders forum of this site. Some excellent tech help over there.

    Here she is, Garnet is the builder I am told. Made in Canada. Also the speaker reads, "Made In Canada". I had no idea. I wonder what make the speaker is? Being that I am a Canadian, I think it is my duty to preserve our culture and share it! :D




  15. Jim Dep

    Jim Dep Friend of Leo's

    May 23, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    Congratulations! Cool Find! Did the people selling the amp know anything about where it came from?
  16. keithb7

    keithb7 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    Out West
    Jim Dep, I got pretty excited and forgot to ask the owner more about the amp. He just lives up the street so I will be back to chat with him. My heart stopped when I saw it in the guy's drive way for sale. I went silent and focused, zoned in on it. My wife laughed. Said she's not seen me that excited in 20 years.
  17. bunny 7

    bunny 7 Tele-Holic

    Apr 14, 2012
    Louisville, Ky.
    It's nice and clean inside, looks like just an OT also.
    Any chance the 2 power tubes have 50C5 marked on them?
    Maybe look under the chassis and see if the tube positions are printed on the chassis, that might identify them
    If it's truly "transformerless" as to a PT, be careful with plugging in the 2 prong cord.
    If the values of the tube numbers add up to about 117, might want to get an isolation transformer for safety playing it.
    Is it tube rectified? If so, that might be marked as a 35W4.
    Cool amp, but be safe also.
  18. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

    Jun 22, 2009
    Cool find !

    upgrade that power cord
  19. JohnS

    JohnS Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Nice find. I love those "wired in the air" amps with no circuit board.
  20. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

    I've seen a number of amps like that-be VERY careful, and get that isolation transformer stat!!! Almost guarantee that's a variation of the "All American 5" tube lineup used in American made radios from the 1950s, there is probably a 50C5 (output) and 35W4 (rectifier) in there, along with a pair of 12A*7s in there. You'll probably will need to re-cap it at some point, to get it in its best running shape (and a lot safer too-old caps will bleed voltage, and can wind up on the chassis, waiting to bite you!)

    Edit: here's a Wiki link to the "All American 5"...

    Cool find, still!!! Bet it nails that "small nasty little amp" sound... 'cuz that's what it is!!!

    Franc Robert
  21. RubyRae

    RubyRae Friend of Leo's

    Dec 8, 2009
    I'm curious if this is anything like a musicmaster bass amp with tremolo?
    I'm thinking while you upgrade the speaker, go with a 10".

    Great score. Did the guy have any idea what he had, it looks like some work has been done. Are some of the caps newer?

    Look forward to some clips when you have time.
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