Gibson EH-185 Tube Amplifier (1940)

Gibson  EH-185 Tube Amplifier (1940)
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Gibson EH-185 Model Tube Amplifier (1940), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 14074, 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 and cleaner than most; the tweed fabric covering and leather fittings are very well preserved especially considering this unit is 80+ years old. There are some small frayed spots, dents and scuffs but the amp still presents very well, still worthy of a Deco-era bandstand. The original leather-covered handle is even intact, which is a minor miracle in itself!

Internally it has had a typical light servicing. The amp is fitted with a new grounded three-prong power cord, all sockets, jacks and pots have been cleaned and all the electrolytic caps have been replaced, allowing the amp to operate as designed 80 years on. It has been fitted with a new set of JJ power and rectifier tubes, the original speaker has been reconed professionally and the amp retains the original power and output transformers, stamped T40069 and T40070, respectively. This is a fantastic-sounding and historic amplifier, the finest of its type when created and still a powerful and surprisingly versatile amp today. Excellent Condition.