Output Tube As Culprit In Lafayette Mystery?

19 01 2009

As the investigation into the Lafayette amp’s inability to function, startling new evidence has surfaced that could put an end to this riveting mystery.

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Scotland Yard spokesman Neil Yarmouth was quoted as saying “It looks like the output tube has flamed out.” Investigators won’t confirm reports that the tube was simply 40 years old and failed due to old age but recent photographs suggest that is exactly what happened.

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Lafayette Amp Tone And Volume Pots

13 01 2009

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Some good closeups of the pots and input jacks.

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Also a good perspective on the power transformer and a big electrolytic capacitor.

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Lifting The Lafayette Lid: Tubes

29 12 2008

Taking the chassis out of the Lafayette yields a nice view of the circuit.

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The three tubes are plainly seen; two 12AX7 s, one shielded and one not along with the taller 6BQ5.

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The could be the original tubes but are very, very old in any case.  They are all marked “Hitachi Japan”.

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It’s a fairly clean chassis with a good bit of room between components except the circuit board is a bit crammed.





GA5T Skylark Full On Volume Video

22 12 2008




Lafayette Front Panel: Nobs And Jacks

15 12 2008

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As mentioned before, a former owner played around with the Lafayette’s control nobs and I’m not too sure if either style on there now is what was on the amp originally.

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The fat silver nobs look like they came off a hi-fi stereo tuner?





Another Gibson GA5T Video

8 12 2008




Photos Of Lafayette 99-9141 WX

5 12 2008

From the back.

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A wee bit closer.

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Output transformer mounted on the speaker, which is creatively attached to the amp using scrap wood nuggets rather than bolts.

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