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HeavyDuty
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Jul 23rd, 2010 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My late stepfather had a '62 Jag and this amp. When he passed away a few years ago my little sister got the Jag (I sold it to CME for her) and I got his amp. It got placed in the basement and forgotten.

I always thought it was a kit amp, but when I took it down tonight I found a label inside indicating it is a Kay K507. It's a 2x10 combo.

What do I have? Is it worth fixing up and using or should I just hang onto it as is as a memento?

Kay 507 Pic 1

(This message was last edited by HeavyDuty at 07:24 PM, Jul 23rd, 2010)

HeavyDuty
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Jul 23rd, 2010 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Kay K507 Pic 2

HeavyDuty
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Not very bright but does lack ambition
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Kay K507 Pic 3

HeavyDuty
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Not very bright but does lack ambition
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Kay K507 Pic 4

argo
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Jul 23rd, 2010 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wasn't that a Montgomery Wards line??

mark bjorke
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Jul 23rd, 2010 08:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bet with new caps it'll sound great.

spud1950

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Jul 23rd, 2010 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Kay was not a Wards line,although they did sell certain Kay models,along with guitars from other manufacturers,with the Wards "Airline brand on the headstock.The Kay 507 Twin amp was made in the 1960s and was actually made by the Valco company,who made the National,Supro and Oahu line of guitars and amps.

"Kay also made guitar amplifiers, beginning with designs carried over from the old Stromberg company. Kay eventually subcontracted its amplifier production to Chicago music industry rival Valco in the 1950s."

Does it work at all? If it were mine,I'd definitely get it working right.You should really take this over to the "Amp Mods, Repairs, and Projects" section.








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Jul 23rd, 2010 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh, heck yes. Check on a cap job and see what she will do. I'll bet it is a sweet amp. I have an old Pine amp, a Silvertone amp, an old Airline amp and several Alamo and Harmony amps. I like them all.

spud1950

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Jul 23rd, 2010 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here it is in the 1961 Kay catalog.$149.50 was not cheap in terms of 1961 dollars.

Here

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Jul 23rd, 2010 10:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Airline" was the Monkey Wards line --- not Kay.

Nerfherder

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Jul 23rd, 2010 11:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's worth trying, often these old amps have good distortion

2x10's kinda weak but maybe you could mod it to have a speaker out

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Jul 24th, 2010 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"$149.50 was not cheap in terms of 1961 dollars."

In today's dollars that would be $1091.00. Almost "boutique!!"

HeavyDuty
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Jul 24th, 2010 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool stuff! 20w, I was expecting less for some reason.

Any suggestions on how I should go about firing this thing up to test it? I've threatened adr2 that we'd do it at his place in case a cap lets go. ;)

Rockyroller Cat

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Jul 24th, 2010 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Turn it on and watch for smoke and roaches, what else can you do?


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Jul 24th, 2010 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It should be checked out by someone who knows about amps before firing it up. Old capacitors and stuff are not to be messed with or turned on without a test. Things can literally catch fire or burn out immediately.

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Jul 24th, 2010 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

whall speaks the truth. The entire board (tubes, transformers, caps, resistors, connections) should be inspected and tested before any electrons are allowed to play in there.

The tubes used in this model (and many like it--Silvertone, Alamo, Valco, etc.), are fairly uncommon these days and many times are unavailable as new production. NOS tubes for these can be hard to find and sometimes pretty expensive.

But if you can get this baby up and running, it will be a sweet player. I like how inputs 1 & 2 are independent from 3 & 4. Very cool!

HeavyDuty
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Jul 24th, 2010 08:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh, great - another project.

Thanks, all!

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Jul 24th, 2010 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll bet it'll sound nice & greasy.

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Jul 25th, 2010 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow!!...7868 power tubes are just about my favorites; love 'em in my Bogens....FYI you can still buy 'em on ebay...NOS usually sell for about $20 each...enjoy!

ejm

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Jul 25th, 2010 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you take it somewhere to have it gone over make sure that you either write down detailed information on the tubes and/or makr them somehow. Those old tubes can be worth some money just by themselves.

The "vintage" guitar world can be populated by some shady characters.


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