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Vintage Sano Bass or Guitar Amplifier, All Tube, P2P Hand Wired, 60's - $650 (Olivebridge)

Vintage Sano Bass or Guitar Amplifier, All Tube, P2P Hand Wired, 60's - $650 (Olivebridge)

  Vintage Sano Bass or Guitar Amplifier, All Tube, P2P Hand Wired, 60s - $650 Olivebridge

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Sano was a little amplifier company that operated in New Jersey, just down the road from Ampeg, from 1951 to 1980. Employees often went back and forth between the two companies, but they had no formal connection, although their amps were on par, and personally, I prefer the Sanos!
Sano made amps that were, from what I've seen, as good as any from this period. They made all tube, point-to-point hand wired amplifiers, and they sound great!
This is the BA-1 model bass amp. It's got a 15 inch speaker, but it actually sounds great for bass or guitar! It's got that sweet, creamy tube tone that musicians kill for! This model has 20 watts of tube power!
The amp is working fine, as is, but if you want it up to factory specs, it's undoubtedly going to need a little work. My guess would be, maybe a tube or two, and capacitors. Maybe a few resistors. It's probably got the original tubes and caps, and the amp is from the 60's, so they would be way past their rated service life, although, at the moment, still working, and sounding great, but the amp has built in tremolo, and it's not working! Hence, my guess that it needs a tube and/or caps, but it could be as simple as an on/off sensor! It could even be a broken solder in the foot pedal, which is hard wired! All super simple fixes! Anyway, do you really need tremelo in a bass amp? If you're gonna use it for guitar, then, sure, you do, but you could always put a pedal on it for that. I mean, it sounds fantastic, and is good to go, as is! All the tubes light up, but I have not put them in a tube tester. The amp has a low volume hiss when turned on, so, again, coupla tubes and a cap job, maybe a resistor here and there, but the hiss does not stop that gorgeous tone from comin' out of the original Sano Custom Design speaker, and capturing yer heart!
The amp measures approximately 28x21x12, and it feels like it weighs around 40 pounds. AND it's got the super cool swirly grill cloth that Sano is famous for! These amps are one of the few vintage bargains still out there, and still going for half of what even a silverface Fender is going for, and sounding twice as good! A great sounding, well built, vintage tube amp, with the point-to-point hand wiring that costs $4000, now, when you get it in boutique amps or big amp companies custom shops!

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