#1
I was at my neighbors house today and he was showing me some of the stuff of his moms that he was going to get rid of. And in there were a couple (OLD) acoustic guitars, one electric guitar and this old tube amp. I never got to look at the stuff very much I googled the amp and this sounds about right. Its got tubes in it and It said SYmphonic and had an 8 inch speaker.

I have to go back to see him on Monday and I was going to offer him some cash for everything.

http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar+Amp/product/Symphonic/Unknown/10/1

Product: Symphonic Unknown
Price Paid: US $0
Submitted 01/11/2003 at 09:56am by Jeff
Email: jeff<dot>tucker at sympatico<dot>ca

Features : 7
Model MA-13 .25 amps (power usage of around 25 watts with output power around half of that 13 watts?)
12AX7 pre-amp tube with radio style tubed power section
8" vintage speaker (marked 11-42)
tone/on-off and volume controls
3 inputs
used in home as practice amp with Fender 25R and Park/Marshall 10mkII
not extremely loud but great sound

Sound Quality : 8
Used with american telecaster and takamine acoustic/electric.
Also used with Korg DDM 110 drum machine and microphone.
Some minor hum but much better after I replaced the electrolytic capacitor. No dirty channel but by using the tone control can get some distortion.
good tone otherwise

Reliability : 5
Only have a few hours on it since I changed the capacitor. Put in new Sovtek 12ax7 and a three prong grounded plug. Couldn't find a 50/50 mfd 150 VDC so used 4x33MFD 160VDC (2 pairs of 2 in parallel - running 66/66MFD at 160VDC. Runs a little hot so only time will tell. Definately worth fixing though.

Customer Support : No Opinion
no longer in business....

Overall Rating : 10
Found the amp free in the trash. With the new tube, capacitors and power cord have about $25 CAN into it. Love the tone, much better than my other practice amps, although not as intense/loud. Great vintage sound. Sold me on the sound of tube amps (even old cheap ones). Hope I don't blow it up.


I never got a good look at the guitars, but I am going to go back and ask to take some pictures. But I am interested in this amp right now.
Last edited by stangconv at Apr 16, 2008,
#3
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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#4
Dude... I asked my guitar teacher about it, and he said that It's a stereo amp, and he 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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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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Dude... I asked my guitar teacher about it, and he said that It's a stereo amp, and he 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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OMG, I just laughed so hard that my spleen exploded. I gotta go to the hospital, BRB.
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#8
Accually, I believe 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
#9
I just asked my Friend who went to school for electronics.

he said 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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Accually, I believe 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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I just asked my Friend who went to school for electronics.

he said 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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#11
Don't listen to these guys, 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
#13
what douches...
why would they do this to your thread?

but for a stereo amp, it is very good. Don't plug...
JK :]

i'll back you up with the whole tube thing.
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#15
^That electric looks sweet.
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#16
yea, i like the electric and the not-blue acoustic.
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#17
japan the guitar's prolly good

how do the guitars play and the amp sound?
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#19
Why is there a midget and/or small child adjusting the tailpiece? I only trust full-sized luthiers.
#21
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japan the guitar's prolly good

how do the guitars play and the amp sound?


I plugged the guitar into the amp... and it was very quiet but it did make some sound. Proballly could use some new tubes.

I am left handed so I never got to really play the guitar.

If anyone wants to buy these send me a PM. I am going to go try and scoop them up on Monday...

The acoustics dont look like they are in very good shape... the back on the non-blue one didnt look right to me...
#22
What is with that whole stereo amp thing? I saw it in another thread too
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#24
Ah, I see.

I saw it in that thread but didn't know if it originated from there.
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#27
I'd keep it.
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#28
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It's a joke, not everyone seems to take it that way however.

Here's the original: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=813827&highlight=hifi

Yeah, I got warned for posting that in a thread where someone was actually asking how run a guitar through a stereo amp.

Because the internet is serious buisiness.


What make is that electric?
#29
I would just like to say that when I saw this thread, I expected it to be turned into the "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" thread. I just want to thank UG for living up to my expectations. And as for the guys who want to be killjoys about it all *cough*jof1029*cough*...

ANYWAYS...Canora, eh? I'll look that up.
#30
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I would just like to say that when I saw this thread, I expected it to be turned into the "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" thread. I just want to thank UG for living up to my expectations. And as for the guys who want to be killjoys about it all *cough*jof1029*cough*...

ANYWAYS...Canora, eh? I'll look that up.

Enjoy being banned.
#31
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Good luck banning me.

At any rate, back to the point of the thread...

So far, I've not learned any more than is already known on the subject, but I have faith in Google.

I'm really interested in old gear.
#32
i wouldn't pay a whole lot for that stuff.. that amp may be tube and the guitars may be old.. but old doesn't always mean valuable.

and that damn hi-fi joke is about as funny as chronic back pain you ****s.
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I would just like to say that when I saw this thread, I expected it to be turned into the "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" thread. I just want to thank UG for living up to my expectations. And as for the guys who want to be killjoys about it all *cough*jof1029*cough*...

ANYWAYS...Canora, eh? I'll look that up.




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#35
http://www.tymguitars.com.au/Repairs_Canora.htm


http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-1970s-Canora-electric-guitar-Exc-cond_W0QQitemZ230244127061QQihZ013QQcategoryZ2384QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


The above might get you started on your research. Bear in mind that everything made in Japan, especially early, isn't necessarily good. If you can get something made by Matsumoku or Fujigen, you'll get a really nice rig. Otherwise, it's mostly 5-and-dime store stuff.