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So I found an amp in my basement. No joke.

I want to try to blow up the speaker or blow up the amp. Anyone know how to do that?


My wife and I just finished cleaning out the basement and I found this amp. It was buried with a bunch of boxes and lumber in a storage closet. We had decided to blow out some walls finally (we've lived here for several years now) and get all this junk out of here. Low and behold -






The problem is, it doesn't say anything on the outside besides what you see here. Solid State. 15XL.


anyone seen anything like this before? I tried to do some Google searches but it was hard obviously. :shurg:
Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Sep 19, 2010,
#2
How does it sound?
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#3
You open it up to see if there's anything written inside yet?
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#4
It's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. Howev...
Oh wait

I feel you, it's so anoying when you find a vintage no-name amp and you can't find anything about it. There was this old tube amp at my music school, it sounded killer but I couldn't find info on it
Good luck!

#5
Quote by Sguit
It's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube.



what could have possibly led you to believe that it wasnt a tube amp?

it couldnt have been SOLID STATE written on the front of it...
#6
^ ha ha very funny. Yeah, I've cleaned it up pretty good but cannot see any other identification.

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How does it sound?

Honestly, I'm afraid to plug anything into it or turn it on. What if something blows up?
#9
Take a clear picture of that logo on the left side. I'll run it through Google Goggles and see if it brings any info up.
#10
Dude, that's cool. try ittttttttttt
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#11
Quote by Sguit
It's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. Howev...
Oh wait

I feel you, it's so anoying when you find a vintage no-name amp and you can't find anything about it. There was this old tube amp at my music school, it sounded killer but I couldn't find info on it
Good luck!






Wow i remeber that HAHA
#12
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
Honestly, I'm afraid to plug anything into it or turn it on. What if something blows up?


Choose your least favourite friend and get them to do it. If it works, you have a cool little practice amp. If not, that guy that always hangs out with you but always looks shifty and doesn't really contribute to the group will no longer bother you.

Either way, you win.

Seriously though, I'd be tempted just to give it a try. Not much can go wrong. As for what it is, I'm not sure. I was looking at old WEM amps, thinking it might have been one of those and some were starting to look similar as I got further along the page, but ultimately I couldn't find one close enough, so I have no idea
#13
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
What if something blows up?


Get a 15 to 30 meters long cord and try it from safe distance.

Well, no idea to be honest, there's only one way to find out though.
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what could have possibly led you to believe that it wasnt a tube amp?

it couldnt have been SOLID STATE written on the front of it...


lol

You are teh stupidz.
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Quote by JesusCrisp
Get a 15 to 30 meters long cord and try it from safe distance.

Well, no idea to be honest, there's only one way to find out though.

I've got a long cable. Find out what? If it works?


Before I do anything or potentially blow myself up I want to try to find out if it is even worth it or what it might be? How old it is? Who makes it etc. Stuff like that. For all I know it needs a cap job and good look over. I'm not an amp tech or anything but I do know enough to not start turning things on willy nilly.

Also, the insert jacks are very rusty.

CECamps - I'll try to do that tomorrow. I'm heading out for some beers pretty soon.
#16
Quote by rickyj
what could have possibly led you to believe that it wasnt a tube amp?

it couldnt have been SOLID STATE written on the front of it...


Doooood!
There was a f#@king epic thread a couple years back that had a longer version of that response, & that thread got waaaayyyy out of control on the stupid meter, & Sguit was just quoting from that super stupid old thread. The guys who've been here a while will remember it, but you haven't been here long enough. I'm too lazy to dredge up that relic thread, but I'm sure someone will. I don't want to get banned for resurrecting it either

Edit: 311- I think we both know that no possible good will come from some 15w SS unknown box of shit, unless it burns well
There's a reason it got stuffed in a basement for years.
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#17
I'm fairly sure it's a Teisco practice amp. I saw someone selling a couple on CL for real cheap not too long ago.
#19
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Doooood!
There was a f#@king epic thread a couple years back that had a longer version of that response, & that thread got waaaayyyy out of control on the stupid meter, & Sguit was just quoting from that super stupid old thread. The guys who've been here a while will remember it, but you haven't been here long enough. I'm too lazy to dredge up that relic thread, but I'm sure someone will. I don't want to get banned for resurrecting it either


Good times
#20
Quote by rickyj
what could have possibly led you to believe that it wasnt a tube amp?

it couldnt have been SOLID STATE written on the front of it...



In this man's defense, he wasn't around for that glorious thread.
#21
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#22
It looks like an old Sears & Roebuck amp that I used to have. I had the 5XL.



My kid bought this for me at a garage sale for $1.00. When I plugged in my guitar and hit a chord, it sounded like someone stepped on a cat. I replaced the speaker with an old Weber that I had laying around, but that didn't help. It was also missing the tone and volume knobs so I put on a "Tone" and a "Volume" knob from an old Squier. By using the source-date code on the pots, it dated back to 1973. Check out the code on the pots and then check out this site. I ended up harvesting what few parts I could and the rest ended up in the trash (after paying my kid back the $1.00!)
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what could have possibly led you to believe that it wasnt a tube amp?

it couldnt have been SOLID STATE written on the front of it...

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#26
Quote by riffhog
Doooood!
There was a f#@king epic thread a couple years back that had a longer version of that response, & that thread got waaaayyyy out of control on the stupid meter, & Sguit was just quoting from that super stupid old thread. The guys who've been here a while will remember it, but you haven't been here long enough. I'm too lazy to dredge up that relic thread, but I'm sure someone will. I don't want to get banned for resurrecting it either


T'was the most epic thread that was ever created and I am proud to say that It's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a stereo amp, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as hi-fi if it works.
#28
i would like to see a video of him in the back yard with a blast shield on flipping the switch with a stick.




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#29
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what could have possibly led you to believe that it wasnt a tube amp?

it couldnt have been SOLID STATE written on the front of it...

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. I'd have played it by now. Have you tried yet?
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#30
TS don't be afraid of it blowing up. The chance of it blowing up is slim to none so it doesn't hurt to try.


It's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a stereo amp, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as hi-fi if it works.
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#31
311, tbh, I'm sure it's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a stereo amp, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as hi-fi if it works.
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#32
Quote by acdcrocks0323
T'was the most epic thread that was ever created and I am proud to say that It's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a stereo amp, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as hi-fi if it works.


Dude that tread make my week!

I even still make that joke and people just look at me all confused.
#33
It might be a stereo amp and I know it is not a tube. I mean it has has two channels, two insert jacks and two volume controls but it is not Hi-Fi amp.


Quote by bubbaearl
It looks like an old Sears & Roebuck amp that I used to have. I had the 5XL.


My kid bought this for me at a garage sale for $1.00. When I plugged in my guitar and hit a chord, it sounded like someone stepped on a cat. I replaced the speaker with an old Weber that I had laying around, but that didn't help. It was also missing the tone and volume knobs so I put on a "Tone" and a "Volume" knob from an old Squier. By using the source-date code on the pots, it dated back to 1973. Check out the code on the pots and then check out this site. I ended up harvesting what few parts I could and the rest ended up in the trash (after paying my kid back the $1.00!)


Wow. You are my new best friend Where have you been all my life? OK, that amp does look a bit like mine and so does that symbol on the front. Sears & Roebuck huh? Well, tbh when I first started to read your post I got excited. Then that excitement turned into despair when I heard about the cat part

Oh well, I'll clean up the insert jacks and contacts a little later and try to pry the back off so I can see inside.

Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Sep 18, 2010,
#34
A friend of mine had one of these. He kept telling me it's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a stereo amp, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as hi-fi if it works.
#35
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Now that's funny.......I wonder if it will do death metal??
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311, tbh, I'm sure it's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a stereo amp, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as hi-fi if it works.




Matrix I remember that thread like it was yesterday.

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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH

Wow. You are my new best friend Where have you been all my life? OK, that amp does look a bit like mine and so does that symbol on the front. Sears & Roebuck huh? Well, tbh when I first started to read your post I got excited. Then that excitement turned into despair when I heard about the cat part

Oh well, I'll clean up the insert jacks and contacts a little later and try to pry the back off so I can see inside.


Yeah, Sears & Roebuck.

Post some pics of the guts when you take off the back. It'll be interesting to see what kind of speaker it has. The speaker in mine was just a no-name P.O.S. If possible, post some clips, too. Hopefully it'll sound better than the one I had.

And thanks, I needed a new best friend.
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#39
Yeah, check the speaker code.

But pretty cool find. Mod it to Blackface specs.
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