Magnatone Troubadour Model 112 Previously Owned by Steely Dan's Walter Becker Tube Amplifier (1953)

Magnatone  Troubadour Model 112 Previously Owned by Steely Dan
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Magnatone Troubadour Model 112 Previously Owned by Steely Dan's Walter Becker Model Tube Amplifier (1953), made in Inglewood, California, serial # 10818, tan Tolex finish.

This Troubadour Model 112 is a cool and fairly rare early Magnatone amp from 1953, a 1X12 combo roughly the equivalent of the Fender Deluxe. The Model 112 is a cleverly designed and great sounding 18 watt combo. It has 2 channels, one marked instruments and the other microphone, each with 2 inputs. These use 12AX7 dual triode preamp tubes. Each channel has a volume control, but they share a common tone control. Another 12AX7 dual triode is used for phase inversion driving twin 6V6 beam power tubes and the output transformer. The 12-inch Jensen speaker is mounted on a slightly backwards-canted baffle, and the chassis is mounted on the reverse slant as well. Most components are closely dated to mid-1953.

The often overlooked earlier Magnatone amplifiers of this period are extremely well made with the highest grade components, and this Model 112 is no exception. It is a smooth sounding combo that has a different overdrive curve than a tweed Fender, though it can get pretty fearsome at high volume. It has an interesting provenance too, having been part of Steely Dan founder Walter Becker's extensive working collection...his studio storage markings are still on red tape on the upper side of the cabinet, and the auction tags are included. Walter had a fondness for original 1950's and early '60's Magnatone amps and owned a number of them, this delightful combo is one of the rarer styles.
 
Height is 16 in. (40.6 cm.), 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm.) width, and 10 in. (25.4 cm.) in depth at deepest point.

Internally this amp has had some light maintenance but remains largely original and great sounding. The cabinet has some wear spots but cosmetically is largely intact; the handle is newer. The original Jensen speaker (dated the 10th week of 1953) has been reconed by Weber, and sounds excellent. The upper corner is missing from the paper label/tube chart but most information is still intact. The switch and some caps are replaced but the circuit remains original including the lovely Thorardson power transformer. The amp remains a fine sounding unit with great character and a super cool history. Overall Very Good + Condition.