Got a line on an Acoustic 136 for $200.
It's in great shape. I like the 70s style bass tones.
Any opinions on this amp?
136 sounds like the Acoustic Control Corp of the '70s. They were solid pro gear. Go play it first to make sure it performs well and you like the sound they built in. :)
I still have a minty 136 that I bought new in 1976. The stock eminence speaker had a white dust cap. It's a nice little 100W amp. I upgraded the stock speaker to an EVM-15L and that made a killer little combo. Kind of hard to get in/out of the back seat of a 2-door car, though.
Back in the day I remember seeing Stanley Clarke playing his Alembic through one of those on a Return to Forever appearance filmed in a small club for WTTW 11 public TV in Chicago. It sounded great.
For $200 you should run, not walk, to go get it.
I also bought one in '76. It's long gone but it covered a lot of ground for me.
Seeing Stanley Clarke playing a 150 head with 2x15 cab was part of the motivation. You can see this amp on the back cover of the second Return to Forever Album (Where Have I Known You Before).
I would go grab it.
Heavy to move around.
Used to have one back in the 70's and 80's. Would love to hear it again today, but back then I didn't appreciate it because it wasn't gigantic and it was solid state. But it was actually pretty darn good in retrospect.
I have a 126, which is a generation later but essentially the same idea. It's a small-ish power section with a five band EQ sitting in a cabinet with a bottom vented 15" speaker. I think it is probably an EV speaker, but I'm not sure. Anyway, it gets a little ratty sounding at times to my ears, but
that is just the '70s sound. The cabinet sounds great when driven by a 320 head or something like that. I got the 126 back in the early 1980s, and I still have it and still use it. It stays in the practice space because it has plenty of power for that and sounds good enough. I don't use it on stage, because there are better amps for that purpose, but it is a bomb proof, solid piece of equipment that is very good at what it does. Mine has had a grand total of two repairs in the entire time it has been in my hands. Not bad for more than 30 years of use and abuse. For $200 it isn't a screaming deal, but you will certainly get your money's worth.
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