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Vintage 47 Suitcase amp

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Does anyone have any first hand experience with these?

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Our old friend Strummerson loves his. Octal tubes, low wattage, great sound. No negatives that I've ever heard about.

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I have one similar to the pictured one I’ve been thinking of selling.

I bought it here in the gdp and it’s only been in the house since.

Lmk if you’ve any interest

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I have one similar to the pictured one I’ve been thinking of selling.

I bought it here in the gdp and it’s only been in the house since.

Lmk if you’ve any interest

– Gasmoney

Pics?

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Super Cool Looking!

Here is my vintage one

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Super Cool Looking!

Here is my vintage one

– 57Chet

That’s the original right? Not the modern version

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I've got one (the suitcase amp). Built it years ago during one of their amp classes. Mine is a little older than the current ones. The differences being - the newer ones have a bright switch and maybe a boost switch. The speaker is also different. The stock speaker used to be a hemp cone from Tone Tubby. Now it looks like they are using Webber speakers. BTW - I love Webber and use them in other amps - but I'd expect the speaker will change the sound pretty drastically.

I'd describe my suitcase as follows - WARM. early easy breakup. Like a hot 40's amp. It has a tone knob - which goes from warm to warmer I usually play a tele through it, so it's not a problem but Im not sure I'd pair it with a warm guitar. I can see why they added a bright/presence switch to newer ones. I remember in the class he walked us through modding the amp to revoice it/add bright switch/add boost...but we built them as stock.

In my opnion, this amp sounds WAY bigger than other 8" amps. Fuller. Not boxy like you'd expect. When I first heard it, I couldn't believe a small amp with an 8" speaker could fill a room with depth like this. I don't know if there's magic in that original Tone Tubby Hemp speaker, or if it's in the amp design.... again the newer ones have moved away from that speaker.

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Mr_Christopher,

I wouldn't say "the original" but that is a vintage Oahu lap steel/amp combo from the era that I am proud to have in my collection...

The amp sings as pretty she looks.

Really!

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Thanks guys, I really like this amp it seems perfect for in the living room. Ive developed a thing for small amps lately.

A new one is way out of my price range and the only used one on Reverb is more expensive than a new one, so it might be a long spell before I find a used one at a price I can live with

But I sure like it

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You could probably find someone to build one for less. It’s not the same circuit as the original Oahu anyway, more like a Supro Spectator.

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Dave Barnes made some really cool reproductions, but I think the aesthetic missed the mark a little on this one. The cabinet dimensions and large radius on the speaker side made the original look less like a shoebox.

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You're not wrong Powdog. That Spectator that you made sounded really similar to the Vintage 47 suitcase that I played through.

Maybe there's a case (sorry!) for making a real reproduction of the Oahu suitcase amp


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