'59 Teisco Melody A-3LA
This is a very rare unique and cool vintage Teisco Amp from the late 50's. There's very little information available on this model. Little sister to the Checkmate series.
It was produced in Japan in 1959 and was probably purchased by a serviceman stationed overseas, who then brought it back to the states. It's more of a practice/recording amp than anything else.
It has 3 inputs - one "hig" and two low, as well as a Volume and Tone controls with the original vintage knobs. The covering is in good shape with some minor scratches. The grill cloth is in good shape other than one snag/hole - see the images. Features a very unique carrying handle.
When obtained it was a nightmare that someone had tried to repair using globs of solder and hot glue. Unable to find an original schematic, the PCB was adapted to a very similar circuit that used the same tubes - an All-American 4. It uses 2 -12AX7's, a 35W4 1/2 wave rectifier and a 50CS power tube for about 4 watts through it's original 8" speaker. To keep it safe a grounded power cord, and an isolation transformer were added. A solid state rectifier circuit was also added to get full wave rectification and quieter DC. A switched jack output was added to the rear of the cabinet to feed an external 4 ohm cabinet.
The amp has a very vintage sound somewhat akin to a champ - though it distorts very quickly when overdriven.
This is a chance to own a very unique working collectors piece. This is 50 plus years old and as such will have reasonable aging and tarnishing.
13-3/4" wide X 6" deep X 15" High - 15 lbs.