Mojo fix

I could tell I was running low on mojo...not getting the shakes yet but my eyeballs feeing a bit hairy. So I set a Bidnip snipe.

You can see somebody over-tightened the input jack and now it's shorted, but he says something else is wrong. Heaters glow and speaker hums. Of course it needs a 3-wire cord and 3-prong plug, and a re-cap job too. Heck, it's only got a dozen parts. The back panel looks pretty crummy; as I understand it this was actually considered a bass amp back then (the guitar version had a tremolo. Can anyone make out the tube numbers from the tube chart?

Vintage Decca Amp Tube Guitar Amplifier DMI 61 Parts or Repair Made in USA | eBay
 
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I see the 2-wire line cord (which also needs to be upgraded to 3-wire) come in and one line goes direcctly to what I assume is a rectifier tube pin. The other goes up out of sight, I assume to the control panel power switch....

Oh my gosh, just look at the schematic. Indeed, there's no power transformer. I don't know if it's 'death in a box' but it sure doesn't meet UL standards (or the standards of this forum for that matter). Geeze, even the heaters are just in series with each other and a resistor...

It looks like it just half-wave rectifies the AC line. That will drop the line voltage to "minor heart attack in a box" LOL. That can't be much B+ for a tube amp!

Is the 12AU6 a single pentode? That might sound cool, but even a champ has 2 stages (of a dual triode 12AX7) before the power tube.

So what's the power rating of a 50C5 anyway?

It's looking to me like it would make a lot more sense to rebuild it into a Champ. Keep the chassis and maybe the output transformer. And the cabinet.
 
Agree.
**Only** way to use this amp is using a 1:1 isolation transformer, such as:
187E12 Hammond Manufacturing | Mouser

This "Decca" amplifier is one more of the long list of infamous cheap guitar amps, also sold as Silvertone / Airline / Valco / etc.
Actual brand printed is just a label inside they are basically the same.

If you want to build a Champ, just do it ... elsewhere, not worth here.

I'd use as-is (obviously with the isolation transformer), sound is cute.
 
My wife brought home an old Electrolab guitar amp several years ago that sounds similar to this one, except it had another tube, I think it was a 12AV6 for more gain. I added a Triad N-68X, changed most of the caps and it worked. I plugged in my pedal board and let it rip. It took about 2 minutes to shred the original sun dried speaker cone.