Just found a tube amp! And a reel to reel! NAD!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BadJazz, Mar 27, 2020.

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  1. BadJazz

    BadJazz Totally Elite Hyper-Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    Just found these two half a block down the road amongst a free pile. A homeless guy took the radio I wanted but I HAD to go back and see what these were.

    The amp case looks homemade; no clue what the amp is but I'll hit google as soon as I post this. Any ideas? (The reel to reel is a Roberts, but I'm not as concerned with that.)

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  2. That is a Univox amplifier. Model 1221. It is worth fixin'..... univox 1221.jpg
     
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  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Univox U1221. 50w. Made for guitar but might be cool for bass. Don't know...never tried it.
     
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  4. BadJazz

    BadJazz Totally Elite Hyper-Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    Yup, first thing that came up. I'm letting it dry out after a thorough disinfection; I'll update in a while.
     
  5. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    That looks like a magnatone recorder, with a pair of tube (record/playback) preamps.
     
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  6. BadJazz

    BadJazz Totally Elite Hyper-Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    You weren't wrong!

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  7. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    Sorry, Califone which was the parent company of Roberts. Been decades since I worked on them.
     
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  8. BadJazz

    BadJazz Totally Elite Hyper-Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    The amp is missing a fuse so I can't try it out at the moment. I'll hunt one down.
     
  9. You might want to wait to get some feedback here. Ask yourself- Why is just the fuse holder missing?
     
  10. yea if you do put a fuse in and power it up, maybe have it on a circuit breaker (hell, even a power bar with a switch and breaker on it).

    and stay back, and be ready to cut power to the amp FAST.

    Very possible it needs some caps replaced... and they may not be that easy to find.

    Still, very cool guitar amp head and worth repairing if it's not too much $$$ to do so.

    even if mechanics of the tape deck are shot, I hope you could use the tube preamp - lots of work to do there though unless you're lucky with it and it "just works" so you can plug something in and hear output and use it right away... but again watch for shocks and other issues with both of these units.
     
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  11. oh, and also... DAMN you're lucky!
     
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  12. Great finds!
     
  13. Hurricane Jimmie

    Hurricane Jimmie Supporting Member

    So Anyway, I'm wondering how a 'homeless guy' would use a radio (or any electrical appliance)... assuming it was corded.
    Good advice on being careful during the plug in.
    Good Find & Good Luck.
     
  14. Playbyear

    Playbyear

    Nov 20, 2019
    MA
    It's best to use a VariAC to power up those old tube amps at reduced voltage. Since most people don't own one an alternative is to wire an 60-100watt incandescent light bulb in series on the AC line in.
     
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  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Could sell it.
     
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  16. Playbyear

    Playbyear

    Nov 20, 2019
    MA
    Trade it for something he needs
     
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  17. I hope you wiped it down good. If no anti-bacterial wipes at least let the sun hit them.

    Nice find.
     
  18. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Great finds! OP - are you a Bugatti automobile enthusiast?
     
  19. Amazing array of levers, pivots, springs & whatnot on that recorder! Lots of tweaking
     
  20. BadJazz

    BadJazz Totally Elite Hyper-Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    Agedhorse isn't wrong: it's full of tubes and heavy as hell! The amp is a paperweight by comparison. Awesome preamps; I'm hoping they work.