When were export transformers introduced

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When were export transformers introduced

Postby boola on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:21 pm

As the title, what's the earliest year you've seen with an export transformer? Am I dreaming to imagine that I might ever find an early 60s bassman with an export transformer?
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby stratele52 on Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:05 am

IMO you are right for a original amp.
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby pdf64 on Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:06 am

I've seen a couple of export model AB763 blonde Tremoluxs, part codes dating to 1963.
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby stratele52 on Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:09 am

pdf64 wrote:I've seen a couple of export model AB763 blonde Tremoluxs, part codes dating to 1963.



Good to know, thank's
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby Roy69 on Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:03 pm

My '62 Showman has an export PT that I think is original; part number 68249, no other codes. A friend has a brownface Bandmaster with an export PT; part number 125P32B, dated 14th week of 1963.

On these brownface amps the primary voltage is not selected via a red selector knob like on blackface amps, but by connecting a lead to the appropriate terminal on a terminal strip. That is, there is no tell-tale red selector switch on the back of the chassis.
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby Naked Clarke on Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:12 pm

Roy69 wrote:On these brownface amps the primary voltage is not selected via a red selector knob like on blackface amps, but by connecting a lead to the appropriate terminal on a terminal strip. That is, there is no tell-tale red selector switch on the back of the chassis.


Thanks for the extra info Roy. (I was going to ask if had the red selector knob).
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby Roy69 on Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:31 pm

That's what it looks like:
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The brown lead at the rear of the chassis connects to a key switch (mod by a previous owner). This is before I had it serviced.
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby boola on Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:06 am

Roy69 wrote:My '62 Showman has an export PT that I think is original; part number 68249, no other codes. A friend has a brownface Bandmaster with an export PT; part number 125P32B, dated 14th week of 1963.

On these brownface amps the primary voltage is not selected via a red selector knob like on blackface amps, but by connecting a lead to the appropriate terminal on a terminal strip. That is, there is no tell-tale red selector switch on the back of the chassis.



OK so I guess the only way to tell is by looking inside an amp?
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby Roy69 on Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:28 pm

boola wrote:OK so I guess the only way to tell is by looking inside an amp?

The mains plug on my amp would have made me wonder if it was an export model (as mains plugs in Germany/the EU look noticeably different from US ones).
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Re: When were export transformers introduced

Postby boola on Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:30 pm

Good point! :) Thanks
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