DeArmond R5T Tube Amplifier (1961)

DeArmond  R5T Tube Amplifier (1961)
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DeArmond R5T Model Tube Amplifier (1961), made in Toledo, Ohio, serial # K0 605, brown tolex covering finish.

This spectacular-sounding if somewhat obscure little amplifier has become a tone connoisseur's choice over the last decade, one of the most sought after "non-Fender" amps of the period. The R5T was made by Rowe industries, famous for the DeArmond pickups that electrified thousands of guitars in the 1950s and '60s. DeArmond launched this line of very well-made amps in 1960, making this a fairly early example.

The R5T was the smallest amp in the line equipped with tremolo, running off a tube complement of two 12AX7s, one 6V6 and one 6X4. The control panel features two inputs with master volume, tone, and trem speed and depth controls. A single-ended 6V6 power section puts out roughly 5 watts into a single Jensen 10" speaker. Everything made under the DeArmond name was very well engineered and a quality product in every way, and this compact amp is no exception. The components and construction are top notch all around, and the sound is divine as well!
Height is 14 in. (35.6 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) width, and 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) deep.

Cosmetically, the amp is very nicely preserved. The beige/rose colored Tolex covering is in excellent shape, showing only minimal wear and occasional scuffs, mostly around the corners and edges. The copper faceplate is relatively clean considering how easily these seem to corrode. It is showing minor-to-moderate amounts of corrosion/pitting, but is overall very clean and shiny and all original knobs are present and intact. The original brown rubber trem switch is also present and working.

Electrically, this little amp is nicely original. The original Jensen P10T speaker bears the code 220-048, dating it to the 48th week of 1960. The speaker retains its original cone and sounds fantastic. The Midwest Co. power and output transformers bear the codes 549-6039 and 549-6028, dating them to the 39th and 27th week of 1960, respectively. Visible pot codes all date within 1960, indicating all components were sourced and assembled within a fairly short time span that year. The amp has otherwise seen our typical maintenance and servicing, including replacement of all electrolytic capacitors, a grounded 3-prong power cord, cleaning of all sockets, pots and jacks and biased to spec.

This DeArmond has a truly wonderful sound that goes from a sparkle to subtle snarl to screaming overdrive with just a turn of the volume knob. The trem is lush and sweet, and it's easy to see why this model has become one of the more sought after small combos in recent years. This is a very nice example, one of the best we have had. Overall Excellent - Condition.