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Ever heard of Eiko Amps ?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by grillman, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. grillman


    Dec 15, 2014
    Found this on Facebook Marketplace near me. Never seen anything like it.
    Google doesn't get much either.

    Wondering if the good people of Talkbass know what it is.

    Looks like a clone/copy of a Silverface Bassman.

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  2. grillman


    Dec 15, 2014
    It seem Eiko makes lightbulbs and tubes.

    Also found this on Youtube.
  3. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    The name is familiar to me but that’s all I’ve got. Sorry.
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  4. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Hey Paul,
    I think you are remembering the Eico tube mono amps from years ago.
    I had to check the spelling to be sure.
    The MI amp in the picture is one I've never seen before.
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Looks like an early Japanese made Bassman knockoff. Probably came out around the time of all the lawsuit basses...maybe late 70s.
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  6. grillman


    Dec 15, 2014
    Thank you very much guys.

    Extensive google search gave me nothing.
    I will go and try it by myself with a guitarist friend who knows his stuff considering tube amps.

    The price asked for it seems reasonable if the amp works and sounds properly ($150).
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  7. Rick James

    Rick James

    Feb 24, 2007
    New Jersey
    Obvious Fender knock off. How good they sound would depend on how well they copied Fender. I only see two pre-amp tubes, Fender had four.
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  8. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY

    I have a handful of Eico branded Mullard tubes. IIRC, Eico was a British company that produced radios and home stereos...
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  9. grillman


    Dec 15, 2014
    You're right but it seems to have the socket to add 2 more tubes.
  10. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Shhh That's where some of my stash came from!
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  11. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Wasn't there an Eico kit (hi-fi, test equipment and maybe an MI amp kit)?
  12. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    I found a 12 watt mono Eico integrated amp at a yard sale once.
    It looked like it was soldered at home; not bad but not what an assembly line would do.
    I also had a 30 watt mono amp although that one looked like a factory build.

    I'm going to hate myself for saying this but:
    Eico, Heathkit, Hammond, and especially Dynaco used very good pre-amp tubes.
    Found a Dyna that looked untouched that was loaded with real deal Telefunkens.

    Sold a broken Heathkit A5 poweramp that had the original tubes (including power tubes) from the 50's.
    The transformers were also a big deal. Sold for real money as is / not working.
    I know the history for sure; my dad built it.
    I waited for years to find it's mate for dual mono but could never find the same model.
    God knows they would have been mismatched but way cool.
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  13. If I were you I would do some searching on TGP The Gear Page. I've seen these before. I believe Two Fingers is correct with the time frame and the country of origin. Again, search TGP.
  14. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Brits may know this better, but I had always thought they did some heathkit like stuff as well as regular production.
  15. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    You are correct. One of my old tactics used to be to look for Hammond branded tubes, or other similar 'off' brands. I have a bunch of nice RCA blackplates, etc. that way. ;)
  16. popgadget

    popgadget Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 4, 2005
    Eastern, PA USA
    Authorized Greenboy Designs Builder, Scabbey Road
    Yes. I built their VTVM and scope kits. Also made audio and ham gear, but not sure if they had any MI stuff.
    They were definitely in the USA though.
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  17. Rick James

    Rick James

    Feb 24, 2007
    New Jersey
    There's an Elco Electronics in Australia. There used to be an Elco Electronics retail store in Needham Mass right off 128, I don't know if it's still there. They used to be a major player in the DIY market before the internet.
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  18. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    While stationed in Korea with the Army during the 1970s I saw numerous MIJ knockoff amps that looked like Fenders and Marshalls with a wide variety of names, some tube, some solid state. Some were sold in the PX. There were also Korean made amps but they were much cruder and didn't look that much like any name brands.

    I like how on the pictured amps they reversed the channels...real Bassmans always had the bass channel on the left.
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  19. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    I seem to remember Eiko bass's and guitars around the late 60's. i think they had amps also that may have been sold by Schaak Electronics.
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  20. grillman


    Dec 15, 2014
    I have lived in Korea for 10 years and I have tried a lot of Korean amps. All of them had very uninspired names haha
    None of them sounded really good either but now that I look back I think that it was more because they were paired with awful cabs mounted with cheap speakers.