Vintage 1960's 70's UNICORD Power Plus amp

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  1. galaxiex

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    Anyone seen or remember these?

    Online search yields almost no information about them.

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    I have the one pictured, the Jensen hi freq horn is not functional but not needed anyway.

    True optical harmonic vibrato and absolutely cavernous reverb!

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    Original Utah speakers that sound just great!

    I did have to repair the surrounds on them.
    Got a kit from Simply Speakers.
     
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    Not that amp in particular but in high school I was in a band that had a Unicord PA. Same offset speaker and horn arrangement except with 15s. Two enclosed cabs and a six channel head. Great reverb and plenty loud to hang with a Bassman and some Bandmasters.

    I remember seeing a few Unicord amps around. An area music store must have been a dealer. Wish I knew more.
     
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    Thanks, I have had this amp since 2016, got it cheap on ebay.

    No one else bid on it. (shrug)

    Seems to be kinda forgotten/unknown line.

    I can find more info on my relatively obscure Jordan amp, than this one.

    I did find a brochure on them, I'll see if it will upload...

    Nope... pdf too large.

    Here's a screen shot...


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    This is a different year or maybe model, since mine doesn't say "Delta" on it.

    Other wise very similar. The features are the same except speaker arrangement is different.

    BTW it is a KILLER sounding solid state. Very tube like crunch at high volume.
    Has germanium transistors in the pre-amp.


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    I managed to compress the pdf brochure.

    I'll try again...
     

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    Maybe yours is a Delta from a different model year and they swapped the horn location and speakers accordingly. They are virtually identical otherwise.

    I did have a mid 60s Univox. All tube, hand wired, 10 watts or so with two 10 inch Jensens. Great amp. I believe Univox and Unicord were related companies but I can’t find anything to speak of on either. They made some solid amps but there’s virtually nothing out there about either. Hmmm.

    At $372 it wasn’t cheap!
     
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    Never seen one. Huh.
     
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    Unicord was a local (to me) company back in the 60's into the early 70's. They produced Univox,and were the agent that imported Marshalls into the US. Korg emerged from that company as did Westbury (amps and guitars) and Westones.
     
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    Yep, found the Wikipedia page on Univox that talks about Unicord,
    but no mention of Unicord brand amps.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Univox

    These things seem to be quite scarce/rare.
    Probably only made for a few years, late 60's early 70's.

    Edit; There are the slightly more common "Stage" brand amps by Unicord/Univox,
    but again, the actual Unicord amps like I have seem to be forgotten.


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    Ya, not cheap, seems well designed/constructed.

    Mine actually is a Delta, just in smaller letters without the Badge.

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    So no one else huh?

    Truthfully, I didn't expect to find out much about these.

    Seems I've got a Unicorn or maybe a Dodo bird here.

    That's ok, I'll play it some, and maybe move it along at some point.

    It does sound really good for solid state. :)
     
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    Yours looks like the baffle was flipped compared to the catalog version. I don't know anything about them. Just thought it was an interesting amp.

     
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    This is interesting. I have a Unicord as shown in the pictures with the red badge. I bought it around 1967 and my wife wants me to get rid of it. (I have a lot of musical equipment). The original speakers are Oxford Transducer 12L6-10. It's a nice, lightweight Amp, and I agree it has amazing sound and a killer Reverb. The Reverb is actually spring coil in a bag attached to the side.

    You can imitate Jimi Hendrix doing the Star Spangled Banner, and when you get to "... The bombs bursting in air..." kick the side of the Amp and it will produce one hell of a boom--true story.

    In any case, I'm checking it out today, soldering a broken lead to the horn and getting it ready to hand off to a buyer, or give to a high school kid like I was, who needs something to play his guitar through. I was "Amp poor" at the time, having blown my $175 electric guitar budget on a beat up old '55 Gibson Les Paul Gold top.

    Oxford was also the supplier of these speakers to an outfit called Fender, who used them in some tube amps in the '60s-70s. In eBay speaker offerings, this exact speaker is referred to as a 'Vintage Oxford Fender' and proferred as a genuine replacement in vintage Fender amps.
     
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    Thanks for posting! :)

    Got any pics of yours?
     
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    If there is a mention anywhere on the amp about it being made in New York State, give us the town and if it's on Long Island, it's likely a precursor to the Univox brand.
     
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    Here you go. It's the same amp as already shown in this post, but with a different brand of speakers. I am the original owner, I bought this through a friend who worked for Merson Music Distributors in Denver around 1968-1970. Note the serial number #268. It still works--I did have one channel fixed--and I have the foot switch. I never thought much about the "DELTA" in small letters on the front plate. And the '55 Les Paul is the same one I had at the time I bought this unit. I also give you a close up of the Speaker badge. The cabinet has seen some wear as I used to load this in the back of my Jeep to take to gigs.

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    Excellent! :cool:

    Thanks for sharing! :)
     
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