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NAD: Echolette CA 80 Amp - Made in Japan

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Mr_Martin, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. Mr_Martin

    Mr_Martin Tele-Afflicted

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    My old singer gave this amp to me today for free.

    After some internet research i found out these Amps were made by Yamaha for Echolette in the late 70s/early 80s.

    Can check it next week in the rehearsal room an i will tell how it sounds.

    The thing is heavy and looks sturdy and he said it's very loud.

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    stormsedge Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Cool! I've never seen one like it.
     
  3. Mr_Martin

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    Now i found this amp made by "Aidean Engineering co. ltd".
    The made copies of Mesa Amps in the 70s/80s (Solid State and Tube Models).

    Looks very similar to my amp.



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  4. Crobbins

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    Congrats.
     
  5. Mr_Martin

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    There were also blonde models

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    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    That back shot looks like it has a serious speaker in it. Great big magnet and short speaker frame “spokes.”
     
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    DARN!!!!....I was hoping you had bought an Echolette head some guy has been constantly posting and re-posting on my area Craigslist for two or more years. You'd think he'd catch on by now.
     
  8. Mr_Martin

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    Yes, and the thing is really loud.
    It is as loud as the Peavey Bandits i had.

    But the amp sounds more Fender than a Bandit.
    Even with the Pre-Volume on 10 there's just little crunch/gain.
    The sound reminds me of an Silverface Twin with JBLs.
    Glassy, sparkling heighs, very open sounding.

    Best clean sound of a solid state amp i've ever heard.

    It has also a nice spring reverb.

    Input 1:
    This input has some mor mids and if you pull the volume knob you have a serious amount of gain/overdrive.
    Sounds warm with a slight mid hump, like a Twin with more gain (or a Mesa Boogie).

    Input 2:
    Sounds more open and fenderlike.
    If you pull the volume knob you have a Hi-Boost, something like a Bright switch which gives you more sparkle and presence.

    If i see another one i will buy it right away.


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  9. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    That sounds like a really useful configuration to me! If you ever record anything with it, it would be fun to hear some clips of it in action.
     
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    Cool! I love old SS amps. Some of them are nice. I have an early 80's era Yamaha JX55
     
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    I thought Echolette was a 50's/60's German make
     
  12. Mr_Martin

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    Yes you are right.

    Echolette was German manufacturer of electronic amplifiers and effects units.
    The company was founded in the 1930s by Arthur Klemt (later: Klemt/Echolette).
    The business was sold to the Dynacord company in 1969.

    And Dynacord commissioned the japanese Aidean Engineering co. ltd to produce these Amps for the german market.

    greets


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    Japs have allways taken their work seriously. Nice score!!
     
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