Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lafayette LA-75 vintage tube Combo amp in Buffalo NY area for $250

Most Lafayettes you see on the resale market are Japanese made products (like Univox) however the chassis and tube design of this lil LA-75 seems to be an American made product.  It is clearly a cosmetic knockoff of a Danelectro built Silvertone.  But with it's 7189 power tubes and 6CA4 rectifier it straddles the Ampeg-Gibson camp.  My best guess - this is probably an adapted Hi-Fidelity amplifier design that the folks at Lafayette wedded to the preamp control panel to quickly capitalize on the popularity of the Silvertones.

$250 seems a bit steep considering it is missing the speaker and probably needs a cap job or other work.  the amp has almost no real value other than its uniqueness.  But it is definitely a rare and unusual bird and there is something about the pseudo industrial Mid-Century design that I personally find appealing.  This amp would look great in a Danish modern living room or in the b.g of a smokey little bar scene on the show "Madmen."  

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Vintage Tube Guitar Amplifier from the 1960's


Lafayette Model LA-75

Reviews show that this amplifier provides excellent sound particularly for the jazz and blues guitarist. Check this out:

http://www.myrareguitars.com/1960s-lafayette-la-75-vintage-guitar-amplifier

Powers up and sound can be heard from an attached speaker, but it is no longer loud. Something must need to be repaired.

There is no speaker in the cabinet, but it looks to be set up to accept a 10 or 12 inch speaker.

There are two instrument connections, one microphone connection and one foot switch connection.

There is a tremolo feature.

The cabinet is in clean, excellent condition.

Location: Williamsville, NY

Price: $250.00

Call: 716-828-8978

No emails please, they will be ignored - unfortunately there are too many spammers spoiling craigslist

1 comment:

  1. This post on vintage amp forum has same pictures and describes amp malfunctioning after 30 minutes (thread also has a schematic).
    http://www.vintageamps.com/plexiboard/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=89556&start=15#p914235

    This amp has a nice review on harmony central.

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