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So my parents bought a house, and on the attic i found an old tube amp. I like to think I know a thing or two about amps and gear in general, but I had never seen or heard anything about this manufacturer. I've googled quite a bit but can't find that much, just some quick info on wikipedia. It says Express 7 on the front of the cabinet, and on the back it says Teisco, Express 7, Made in Japan etc. From what I've read Teisco stopped making amps 1969, and that they were bought by another company, Kawai something. However, it doesn't say Kawai anywhere on the amp, so I'm guessing it was made before they bought it, no?

So what i wonder is if I am right in assuming that this amp must have been made around 69' or earlier (I couldn't find a way to track the serial number)? Are these any good, like, what's their deal? Are they rare/valuable/sought after? Are they shit? What can you tell me about it? (I'll leave a link below to picture)

This one definitely needs a good tune up, I also read it can explode if you plug it in the "wrong" wall socket (I live in sweden, we use Europlug type C & F).

http://imgur.com/MgMXbnd
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Teisco was a japanese made budget company  from the 60s. their guitars are pretty bad by todays standards but was what many started on back in the day. never played one of thier amps but i imagine it won't sound bad. certainly not tone of the gods or anything but you may get a semi-decent clean sound and it may sound kinda cool cranked. if it works then great nice find. can't comment on the power situation perhaps take it to an amp tech. 
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we need much more info... and gut shots. should be an easy one to get going if you know what you are doing. i would put money on the fact that it could probably benefit from some new filter caps. everything else we would have to see/hear.
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MosDef77 you lucky dude! It's so cool you found a tube amp in an attic. I wish I had a find like that! Nearly all retro tube amps have some value to them these days. A budget tube amp can potentially have a unique sound depending on if it works for you. I'm excited to see the pics!

Btw, I like your screen name. I'm a Most Def fan myself. I especially love his collaboration with Talib Kweli where they perform as Blackstar. 2 incredibly talented artists, you can't beat that.
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MosDef77 you lucky dude! It's so cool you found a tube amp in an attic. I wish I had a find like that! Nearly all retro tube amps have some value to them these days. A budget tube amp can potentially have a unique sound depending on if it works for you. I'm excited to see the pics!

Btw, I like your screen name. I'm a Most Def fan myself. I especially love his collaboration with Talib Kweli where they perform as Blackstar. 2 incredibly talented artists, you can't beat that.


I wouldnt really say thats the case. Maybe for the big brands like Marshall and Fender but there are tons of older brands like National, Pepco and Pine amps that sell for dirt cheap regularly around here. Even things like old Traynors can be had for pretty cheap IMO.
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H4T3BR33D3R speaking of Traynor, my buddy in Texas just sold a beautiful vintage Traynor head. He replaced it with another vintage amp but I can't remember which one it is. He had posted a video with it, really nice tone. It had to be repaired so he bought one of those 130 watt solid state Peavey Standard guitar/bass/PA head for $80 to have something to use in the mean time.
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H4T3BR33D3R speaking of Traynor, my buddy in Texas just sold a beautiful vintage Traynor head. He replaced it with another vintage amp but I can't remember which one it is. He had posted a video with it, really nice tone. It had to be repaired so he bought one of those 130 watt solid state Peavey Standard guitar/bass/PA head for $80 to have something to use in the mean time.

Old Traynors can be really nice. The YBA-1s were really killer amps and with a few component replacements they can do great Marshall tones for a fraction of the Vintage ones. I used to jumper a YBA-1 and crank it up at my cottage and the thing sounded amazing. Had to stand a good 20 feet away from it though cause it was stupid loud.

I also really like the Guitar Mate combos. My buddy had a late 60s/early 70s one with the built in tremolo and boost channel and that thing ripped. I wish I had bought it from him when he was getting rid of it to be honest. 
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H4T3BR33D3R that's what it was! A YBA-1. I found his Instagram post that had a pic of it.

He replaced it with a V4. That's the one he had to have repaired. He just got it back the other day.

I saw a Guitar Mate combo for sale here in Pittsburgh. I would have loved to have been able to pick it up.