A Closer Look At The Lafayette LA-35B

1 05 2012

Looks like a few components have outlived their service lives by a few decades…

Tracing the circuit of the amp right now prior to changing out bad components and tubes.





Lafayette Bass Amp Confirmed As LA-35B

15 03 2012

Needing a reliable bass amp, I removed the chassis from the old Lafayette bass amp and was surprised to find the model number stamped on the circuit board.

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I’ve seen other photos online of similar circuit boards in amps made by Univox for Lafayette.

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Huge transformer really gives the chassis a lot of weight! Next up, I’ll be replacing all 10 capacitors in the circuit and re-tubing it as well in hopes that it results in a usable bass amp for recording.

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Mystery Lafayette Tube Amp: LA-35?

31 10 2011

It’s a rare occurrence when I run into an old Lafayette tube amp and I just had to pick this one up last year when I saw it in a music store. The picture below shows it in the store.

At some point in it’s life, someone had bolted a homemade wheeled stand to it’s bottom. Looks pretty bad but comes in handy.

With the 15 inch Jensen and a horn handling speaker duties, I think it’s a bass amp.

There is no model number anywhere on the amp. Research has led me to believe it may be a Lafayette LA-35?





Strapless! Backside View Of The Estey

1 09 2009

1967 Estey T-12 Tube Amp Photo 4

The Estey T-12 is as humble around the back as she is up front.

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And here’s a big reason why she sounds so sweet – Chicago’s finest – a blue label Jensen speaker.1967 Estey T-12 Tube Amp Photo 6

Date codes on the magnet cover peg this example from the 37th week of 1966, likely manufactured in September of that year.





New Amp: Orpheum 700

3 02 2009

That old Orpheum amp that I’ve previously discussed in the “Sightings” section of the site was still for sale on a recent visit to my favorite music store.

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So I bagged it and will be featuring the old boy during the month of February as the Lafayette continues to undergo repair.