Gibson EH-185 Tube Amplifier (1940)

Gibson  EH-185 Tube Amplifier (1940)
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Item # 9260
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Gibson EH-185 Model Tube Amplifier (1940), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, tweed fabric covering finish.
Height is 19 in. (48.3 cm.), 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm.) width, and 10 in. (25.4 cm.) deep.

This is the one of nicest examples of this fairly rare and extremely cool pre-WWII amplifier we have seen. The cabinet is completely solid; the tweed fabric covering and leather fittings are relatively clean overall especially considering this unit is 80 years old. There are some small dings, dents and scuffs and one small chip to the edge of the hinged cover but the amp still presents very well, worthy of a Deco-era bandstand. The original handle has been neatly recovered in leather, and has new mounting brackets.

Internally it is fitted with a new three prong grounded power cord and matching connecting cord from the removable head to the cabinet, conveniently longer than the original. It has had a complete cap job allowing the amp to operate as designed 80 years on. The speaker appears to have been expertly reconed by Orange County Speaker some time back, as their sticker is on the frame. Other than that it is original, set up with NOS tubes and retaining the original transformers. This is a fantastic-sounding and historic amplifier, the finest of its type when created and still a powerful and surprisingly versatile amp today. Overall Excellent Condition.