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toobnoob 20th October 2009 04:39 AM

the "oldest amp" thread
tsmith1315 suggested i start this thread in the kenwood kac-7020 thread.

so what is the oldest amp you have running, or plan on running?

i currently have sitting waiting to be tested is a kenwood kac-7020 which is from 86-87 time period.

what do you have?

tsmith1315 20th October 2009 05:38 AM

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Running? You didn't say they had to be in use!!!

The oldest amp I have in use is probably a Blaupunkt BPA-415, '84-'86 model. But in the pile, is this '79 Zapco:

toobnoob 20th October 2009 06:05 AM

you know, nothing says "beefy" like those banana jacks do!

eta: tim, how about "working" amps? (in which case knocks me out until i get the kenwood going).

eta part 2: considering that it doesn't seem that amps of 15+ years are too often found, how about old amps? regardless of condition, they can be brought back to working condition.

tsmith1315 20th October 2009 03:49 PM


How about oldest in the collection with supersized bonus points for actually being installed / in use?

BTW, the Zapco still works.

damage 21st October 2009 04:28 AM

I dunno... I bet my green radio shack booster might have you beat LOL! New for 1978! 10 WPC RMS!

Boston was quoted as saying it was "Smokin'!"

dangus 22nd October 2009 12:30 AM

How about a 1950s tube PA amp that runs on AC or 6V DC, with a v!brator to make plate voltage? Made in Ottawa, Canada. I rescued it from the dirt crawlspace of a house and since then it's been in unheated sheds, so I suspect it would need a lot of TLC to operate again. On the other hand, it would be cool to make it run and use it at some hot rod meet playing '50s Rock And Roll. On the other other hand, nobody would know if I hid a TA2024 board under the chassis and put amber LEDs inside junk tubes, and it would be stereo, more efficient, and operate from 12V.

The oldest amps I'd seriously consider running would be the circa 1994 Audiovox 4ch, and RF 4080DSM. Maybe the Pioneer GM-A200 if I was going with an all-'80s system for some reason. Or the MEI PA-300H, if I needed a system that not even a crackhead would steal.

tsmith1315 22nd October 2009 03:12 AM


Originally Posted by damage (
I dunno... I bet my green radio shack booster might have you beat LOL! New for 1978! 10 WPC RMS!

Yep, :cheers: Let's see it!


Originally Posted by dangus (
Or the MEI PA-300H, if I needed a system that not even a crackhead would steal.

:rofl::rofl::rofl:...I guess you'd have to have experience with MEI to appreciate that...

Where are the pictures?

dangus 23rd October 2009 06:34 AM

The MEI PA-300H was almost a good amp, believe it or not. The relay had to be resoldered after a while, but that's the only problem. There was a schematic in the manual, which clinched the deal for me. Transformer coupled output like the common "40 watt booster", but with RCA inputs. It made the 6x9s in my pickup thump, and made the mirror vibrate in the Mustang when I played Miami bass through a pair of JBL 6.5" two-ways (no sub). I'm embarrassed to think what I paid for it new, though.

It was in my truck when it got broken into overnight in Vancouver's infamous downtown East side. He/she or it took a set of cheap Canadian Tire wrenches and a Eurodance compilation tape, but amazingly did not steal the MEI amp, the ancient Alpine AM/FM/cassette head unit, or Radio Shack graphic equalizer. All of which were mounted to a single piece of scrap plywood and shoved under the seat. Yes, I should take pictures: the amp, eq, and 12V filter are still on that piece of plywood. Is there a thread for worst installs?

damage 24th October 2009 02:26 AM


Originally Posted by tsmith1315 (
Yep, :cheers: Let's see it!

all I can find is my later 40 watt one... darnit... too much stuff.

ca90ss 26th October 2009 12:19 AM

Oldest I plan on running is this old crutchfield from '84-'85.

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