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Alamo Paragon

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rev. Mike, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Rev. Mike

    Rev. Mike

    Mar 15, 2010
    Can anyone tell me anything about this amp especially how it sounds i have a jack cassidy signature ed bass and think this tube amp would be perfect but guy i know that has one wont let me hook a bass to it says only guitars so any help would be great.
  2. JDR


    Mar 8, 2008
    An Alamo Paragon bass combo was the first new amp I ever owned (prior to that I was renting a used 2-12" open back Airline combo). It cost $270 back in the early to mid-60s. It was closed back, ported, and had a 15" speaker. It looked like this: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/msg/1636711037.html. I think it was a 30 watt amp but I could be wrong. I recall it was made in San Antonio (my folks bought it for me at West Music in Iowa City) and had some sort of connection to Western Electric. I thought it sounded as good as a 2-12" 40 watt Fender Bassman that cost $399 new. But I also thought it sounded as good as a 25 watt Ampeg B-15N that cost $369 new so who knows how accurate my junior high ears were. Nevertheless, I couldn't justify paying the additional amount for those two amps. I held onto it until I bought a new Sunn 200S in 1967 or 68. Well, in the interest of full disclosure, I really traded it in on a solid-state 3-12" Fender Bassman when they came out, which I in turn traded in on the 200S shortly thereafter. I have fond memories of my Alamo. If you are able to get a clean sound out of it using a guitar, it'll probably be fine even if the guy won't let you plug a bass into it.
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