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NAD - 1970 Kasino U-100 Combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Oren Hudson, Oct 1, 2017.


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  1. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    This sweet little Kasino U-100 combo is now joining my team. It was sold new at Herb's Music Center in Raleigh, NC. I've been looking at it for two months and finally worked out a deal with the owner. Even though the little information that I've located says that Kasinos were manufactured from 1972 -1975, the all original parts on this one show the Mallory power module to be 1969, transformer from February 1970, pots from March of 1970 and the square magnet CTS speaker dates to the 21st week of 1970. Still has the two prong power cord.

    This is a SS 50 watts RMS with 1x15 with high and low jacks, volume, bright, treble, bass, selectone, selective boost and boost volume. Not totally sure how all those work together, but will soon be discovering. The back has two unknown receptacle looking plugs along with two jacks for module (power) inputs. In excellent condition that's probably due to it having the original Kasino cover!

    :hyper::hyper::hyper:


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  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You've been picking up some sweet and unique pieces lately.
     
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  3. daveman50

    daveman50

    Feb 24, 2007
    Albany NY
    Holy carp, that looks sweet. Always loved that stripey Ka$ino grill cloth.
     
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  4. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Thanks Jimmy. It's been a passion of mine for several years. Our time here gets shorter daily, so I kinda go by the old Rick Nelson song "Garden Party" line - so you can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself. My wife calls me a hoarder. She may have a point! Enjoy. :)
     
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  5. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Thanks daveman50. I've always thought the same about them, and as you can see, it's perfect.
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I agree, and I'm doing somewhat the same thing, although lately it's about pedals and not so much amps. Our time here is indeed shorter every day, Oren. And we shouldn't sweat the fact that when we croak, our wives will sell all this stuff for a fraction of its value, either...we'll be dead...what will we care? :D
     
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  7. I have a Kasino bass amp head stashed away somewhere.

    It has three tone controls, and they are labeled: "Bass" "Bass", and "Bass". No kidding!

    Lots of hiss out of it with no signal. (More than my Ampeg BA110).

    Not much to the transistorised circuit board.

    Chassis built like a tank.
     
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  8. Interceptor

    Interceptor

    Mar 29, 2005
    Madison, WI
    That one is pretty.

    I've seen lovingly restored gear not look any better.
     
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  9. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    WoW !
    Interesting !
    From the front control panel look like could create lot different bass tone.
    Why have 2 different direction ON switch ?
    the bright and low input jack could let the Elec guitar and Elec Bass run in one Combo.:bassist::bassist::bassist:
    Booster Booster..... more you Boost , more coins drop from the Casino combo! :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:
     
  10. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    In 1970, many power cords were still the 2 prong ungrounded type, so amps had the "polarity" switch to combat that situation. This one is still functional since the cord has not been changed.

    You make some other good points that I'm anxious to try. I was hoping maybe the Boost would help the player as well!
     
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  11. GreaserMatt

    GreaserMatt

    Sep 4, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I have the '200' version of this amp, which I believe is a (4x10 combo) guitar amp...
     
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  12. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Would love to see pics.
     
  13. GreaserMatt

    GreaserMatt

    Sep 4, 2004
    Seattle, WA
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  14. Still have original 2-prong on my 71 Kustom. Always been a strong power cord and at least 20’ long My Acoustic 370 2 pronger got tripped over too many times and replaced w/ diy 3- pronger and much shorter cord than on Kustom
     
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  15. Not news to you Kasino owners I'm sure, but it's worth mentioning that Kasino is Kustom without the naugahyde upholstery.
     
  16. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Beautiful Kasinos here. I remember using a very rare Kasino in Spokane Washington in the 70's. It was a tall, slender cab. I think it was the 200 watt head, and it had a very unique folded horn cabinet attached identical to the Acoustic 370 folded horn design. The store owner said there weren't many built of that model and I actually had the money to buy it but passed on it.

    If I could ever find that rare Kasino bird I would buy it even at an overinflated price. It would remind me of some pretty special times in my life as a professional touring musician.

    Anyway, congrats on your beautiful purchase! These Kasinos are part of American musical history! :thumbsup:
     
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  17. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    My first "big" amp was the Kasino Snake Eyes like this one. 200w and 2X15.
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  18. Tvh5150

    Tvh5150

    Apr 14, 2019
     
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  19. Tvh5150

    Tvh5150

    Apr 14, 2019
    I picked one of these up last year for $20 at a church attic sale. Great amp
     
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