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Sold! Mesa Boogie Mark I Combo Amp Creme Tolex, 1977

Sold!  Mesa Boogie Mark I Combo Amp Creme Tolex, 1977

The Mesa Boogie Mark I combo amp was originally based on various Fender amplifiers – a Princeton with Bassman circuitry and a 12 inch speaker.

Price: $1500 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Amp, 2014

❌SOLD❌ Fender 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Amp, 2014

Next up is one of my favourite amps, the Fender 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb. In regular production since 2014, this amp delivers 35 watts through 2×10 inch speakers and is loud enough for many venues.

Price: $999.99 CAD

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Fender Pro Combo Amp 1×15 Brownface, 1963

Fender Pro Combo Amp 1x15 Brownface, 1963

One of Fender’s earliest amps and built from 1946 to 1965, the Fender Pro combo amp carried a singe 15 inch speaker and grew from 18 to 40 watts before being replaced by the Pro Reverb amp. Initially called the Professional, shortened to Pro in 1948, this amp is one of the rarer Fender amps. Its circuitry is very much like the VibroVerb, but without reverb.

Price: $2250 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Polytone MiniBrain 75w Amplifier Head, 1990s

❌SOLD❌ Polytone MiniBrain 75w Amplifier Head, 1990s

Here’s a rarity -a Polytone MiniBrain 75w Amplifier Head dating to the 1990s and a veteran of many jazz club gigs in the Toronto area. The Polytone MiniBrain is nicely portable at just under 9 pounds (4kg) and with its largest dimension being 12 inches (304mm), by 11 inches (280mm) and 3 inches (76mm) deep.  It sports EQ and drive controls, has an internal spring reverb and external effects loop connectors.    Output is listed as 75 watts into 4 ohms.  

Price: $500 CAD

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❌SOLD❌Fender Super Reverb Silverface ‘Drip Edge’, 1969

❌SOLD❌Fender Super Reverb Silverface 'Drip Edge', 1969

The Fender Super Reverb was built from 1963 to 1982, and was one of Fender’s physically largest combo amps – though the most powerful combo was the Twin Reverb. The Super Reverb delivered 40 watts as ‘Blackface’, then 45 watts as ‘Silverface’ and ultimately 70 watts for models after 1977, through four ten inch speakers. The Twin Reverb, in contrast, used a pair of twelve inch speakers to deliver 85 watts, ranging up to 100 ultimately 135 watts in 1977.

Price: $1250 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender Bassman Piggyback Amp 2×12 Cabinet Blonde, 1964

❌SOLD❌  Fender Bassman Piggyback Amp 2x12 Cabinet Blonde, 1964

By the early 1960s, amplifiers were rapidly increasing in power – and weight – and combos were split into two sections, like the Fender Bassman piggyback amp seen here.

Price: $2999.99 CAD

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