DeArmond R5 Tube Amplifier (1960)

DeArmond  R5 Tube Amplifier (1960)
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Item # 9450
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DeArmond R5 Model Tube Amplifier (1960), made in Toledo, Ohio, serial # KO-446, brown tolex covering finish.
Height is 14 in. (35.6 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) width, and 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) deep.
This spectacular-sounding little amp has become a tone connoisseur's choice over the last decade, one of the most sought after "non-Fender" amps of the period. The R5 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 R5 was the smallest amp in the line and the little sibling of the R5T, which featured tremolo. The R5 sports a tube complement of one 12AX7, one 6V6 and one 6X4 and a 10" speaker. The speaker has been replaced with our trusted Weber 10A125. The original speaker (a 10" Jensen, 220-026), which needs to be reconed, can be included if so desired. The power transformer is date coded 549-6039 and the output transformer 549-6023, both by Midwest Coil & Transformer, dating to the 39th and 23rd week of 1960, respectively. The pot codes are from 1959, indicating all components were sourced and assembled within a fairly short time span in 1959-60.

The control panel features two inputs with volume and tone controls. This amp is fully serviced with a cap job and cleaning of all sockets, pots, and jacks, and the addition of a three-prong grounded cord. Externally it is nicely original and fairly clean with the exception of a noticeable corrosion spot on the copper faceplate near the second input jack and some slight minor spots in and alongside the corners,. There is minor wear to the Tolex, mostly on corners and alongside the edges of the cabinet. The handle looks period but may be an older replacement. The thin paper tube chart has partially flaked off the inside of the cabinet, some of the loose pieces are preserved in a baggie for posterity.

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. It's easy to see why this model has become one of the more sought after small combos in recent years. Very Good + Condition.