BRIAN’S LIST: SHOWCASING THE BEST DEALS AND INTERESTING FINDS IN MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IN NEW YORK CITY.
Ok folks this week I got lots of little amps with BIG TONE for ya! Don’t under estimate the value and fun low watt amps can bring to your playing and routine. Easy to transport, loud enough for low jams and amazing for recording. And best of all – EASY ON THE WALLET!
Coming in from the early 1960’s, first up we have this little Kay 703 model amp. 4 watts of all tube power being pushed out of an 8″ speaker.
This could use a bit of TLC and a 3-prong power chord addition is necessary. Go have fun with this little freak!
Location: East Village
Learn why its reputation as a “Widow Maker” isn’t as deadly as it sounds!
Here’s another one for ya for a few more dollars but this one has the 3-prong replaces, a new speaker from MOD and has been looked over by a tech! The box is a bit shabbier but you can put some effort into it!
Rickenbacker made all kinds of crazy little amps before WW2 and this one is without exclusion. From what I can find this one is from the mid-thirties! Not much info given by the seller but from this picture this one looks to be in AMAZING SHAPE.
Check those knobs out and that star pattern around them! Coming in loud at 15 watts out of a 12″ speaker I bet this amp has got a special thing going on. My only concern is whether the tubes for this thing are available. And even if they are they might expensive – talk to your tech before you go down the rabbit hole!
Location: Long Island City
Here is a nice little guitar for your nice little amplifier – a perfect pairing and many of the same sat under the Christmas tree in 1963. This one features the much loved gold foil in the neck position.
Kind of like a Les Paul shaped body?? Cool binding and tone switches!
Location: White Haven, NJ
Twice Gibson called on its first and foremost sub-brand “Kalamazoo” in the 20th Century. First in the 1930’s during the depression era and then again in the 1960’s with the guitar boom. This amp is their low budget answer to the Fender Champ. Really great sounding for guitar and harmonica! Seller put $150 in repairs in this including and new 10″ speaker!
The tremolo is super cool and dark! Go see about it!
Location: Hebron, CT
Here is your chance to have a really clean piece of 1970’s amp technology for a really solid price! Music Man, brain child of Leo Fender himself, made some really great amps. This is one of the first examples of a solid-state preamp section and a tube driven power amp section. You get all the tube power and tone with cleans all the way up. A perfect platform for pedal wizardry.
Features reverb, tremolo out of 2×10″ speakers – one speaker was upgraded to a new Eminence and the reverb tank was upgraded to a new MOD. This guy has two settings: 65 or 130 watts and even has wheels! Seller is down for trades and will take the best offer- check it out!
Joe Strummer and Eric Clapton both loved their Music Man’s – now you can too!
Tips: Find something on Brian’s List but the link has since expired? This doesn’t mean the item has been sold. It just means the seller did not repost the item in time. If it is an item you are really excited about; search craigslist for it using bold terms (model name etc). It could have been reposted under a different link or a new post altogether (updated pics, info etc.) If it is not sold it will pop up again in the next few days. Don’t sweat it.
In the case of something you are seriously considering, it’s good to make initial contact with the seller even if you can’t immediately purchase the item or make it out to where ever it is located right away. This could help you too build a relationship with the seller and he/she may hold it for you over someone else until you are ready. But as we all know- CASH IS KING.
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