East German Kay amp...sounds great!

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  1. Tone Eee

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    Got this at a giant music junk sale today for 15 bucks. Made for Kay in the DDR???
    Couldn't pass that weirdness up!

    After a good pint of DeOxit on the almost frozen pots and a wipedown, this baby sounds just great!

    Nice, slightly gritty cleans, sounds good with pedals. Even makes a perfectly servicable bass practice amp without farting out at low volumes.

    Not much on the internet about these.
    And I am running it at US 110v even though the back says 220.

    If anyone has seen one, chime in!
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    I remember a few Kay amps getting around the pub rock sceene in Newcastle Australia in the late 70's, not sure what type now ( SS or Valve ), but they did the job no prob. Them and local made Baez amps I remember well because "the big 3" imports were too expensive at the time.
    You'll have to get in line to buy a Baez these days but Kay amps may be sleepers. I think the older Kay's were 240v same as Oz and only had to be converted to 3 pin supply so you wouldn't get zapped???
     
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    I recorded my first few songs 20 years ago on that amp !
     
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    I have an old DDR-made bass amp for practice.... and an old DDR SLR 35mm camera that my dad bought me.
     
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    If it has a US plug on it, it's not what it says on the back.

    I thought those amps were made in Japan and that could be just a plate from another amp (or something else) someone thought it would be funny to put on there.
     
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    I'm sure they were made in Europe for Kay hence the voltage that was the same as Aus. A long time ago though I could be wrong. If its the same company as Kay guitars I'm fairly sure they had guitars made in Germany as well???
     
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