Funky Vintage Amp - Ever seen one of these?

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  1. NoTeleBob

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    Unusual shape. No manufacturer name visible front or rear.

    Even speaker appears unlabeled.

    EQ, Trem, Reverb. Funky Off, On, On switch as it's apparently an SS amp.

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  2. Larry F

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    Interesting looking amp. I look forward to the discussion on this.

    FWIW, I don't recall seeing an amp like this. Info, I need more info.
     
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    Looks Magnatone-ish to me
     
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    On off/on/on switch makes me think tube amp. One of the "on" spots is probably the standby position.
    Blue speaker makes me think Utah speaker, I'm pretty sure there's a code on it somewhere. Info here. https://tedweber.com/speaker-codes-application/

    Other than that, I have zero idea what it is.
     
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    I see echoes of Magnatone…but I’m eager to hear from an expert.
     
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    I also think that is a Utah speaker, I had some blue Utah speakers like that years ago.
    No idea on the amp, has elements of Silvertone , Magnatone , the beveled back is interesting. Have you played through it?
     
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    Maybe one of the Titano/Sano lineage.
    Maybe Estey/Magnatone.
     
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    Has some strong chassis similarities to some Valco/Dano early 60's amps I think....
    I had one of those powder blue speakers once... I think it was a Utah..? cant remember what it came out of...
     
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    Yeah, tube amp is what I thought of first too when I saw that. But the guy selling it appears to have other gear and I'm guessing he looked inside before listing it as solid state. Also, the venting in the rear is a little suspect for a tube amp, but who knows. EDIT: Yeah, he buys and sells a lot of gear and plays in a band or two. It must actually be SS.

    No, it's listed for sale. If it was closer I would just pop over and try it. But it's a bit of a distance. If the mojo meter cranks up, I might head over there. Perhaps someone here will have the info that's the spark.

    Hey, thanks on the Utah pointers. I found the exact same cage pattern in a Fender Utah speaker, so I think we know what the speaker is. What sort of a reputation did those speakers have back in the day? They don't seem to sell for much as a used item.

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    the 3 way switch is just another version of the death cap except on one switch instead of using two (one for on, one for death cap). I think that points to solid state
     
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    I would guess Magntone.
     
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    I like some Utah's (for old school speakers) I put one that was labeled like you show (above) in a BFDR once and A/B'd it and it was great. It came out of an old Pro Reverb. I think the larger magnet Oxford or Utah were very similar sounding, the Utah not quite as bright on the top end. Neither were real efficient, which can be a good thing sometimes because you can let the amp breathe a bit!
     
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    It has a Montgomery Ward / Valco vibe about it, to my inexpert eyes. Some flavor of short-lived catalog amp, I'd bet. Traynor made some oddly-sculpted cabinets.

    At any rate, it's a great example of the early '60s "everything must be furniture" esthetic.
     
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    Might not be Magnatone. They weren't shy about their brand. I don't recall ever seeing one that didn't have a huge name plate or giant text on the control panel. It's definitely late 50s-early 60s whatever it is.

    Even if it doesn't sound great, it's worth having just for the aesthetics, IMO. It looks clean and well cared for.

    Having said that, I'd go $125-$150 on it, but not much more.
     
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    It has the vibe, but I looked at a slew of photos on Google and I didn't see anything quite like it. Knobs are also not an exact match for anything Maganatone that I could find.
     
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    Yeah... that blue looks very Utah to me. As for the amp, no clue! It does look pretty well made though. It couldn't have been easy to build that shape with such architectual looks about it. Pretty cool!
     
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    Looked like a Maestro for a minute, but, the stainless steel handle is real fancy.
    Interesting.. Penncrest and harmony close but not.
     
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    The case (see top and bottom lines) looks very similar to this Truetone from 1965

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    Looks vaguely familiar, but I'll be darned if I can place it. :confused:
     
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    Makes me think of Kay.
     
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