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I guess the lights are on but nobody is home. On the other hand, a one-cubic foot, closed back 90-watt amp is a hot box. Also from what I can tell, their products came with nothing more than a single sheet of paper with very cryptic instructions even though features were abundant. This is a California based company that has produced solid state amplification for over 4 decades. Many of their amps were considered multi-purpose and could be found in use by guitarists, bassists, keyboard players and others the company founder was a famous accordion player. Hey Dudes, I am a jazz guitarist. They were transistor power amps put inside small boxes with no ventilation.

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Polytone Amplifiers & Effects

Vintage polytone amps

The Bassman consolidated several major design components for the world of production guitar amps — including the long-tailed-pair phase inverter, cathode-follower tone stack, and fixed-bias output stage — many of which remain mainstays of virtually all larger amps to this day, and sounded utterly glorious in the process. In fact, I have to elevate it onstage to be heard over my drummer. Polytone, at one time, was huge with jazz guitarists and bassists. There are many other options but these three are used by many of today's gigging jazz guitarists. It sounds fabulous as a rehearsal amp for bass -- when it's working. Best of all, the footswitch allows you to 1 switch between clean and dirty sounds, 2 invoke the outboard effects loop, to add chorusing, echo, etc; and finally, 3 boost your volume without changing the tone.

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Polytone 215

Vintage polytone amps

Maybe others have had a different experience but I had trouble getting Polytone to fix one of the amps under warranty and it them took more than 6 months to get it back to me. A link feature permits you to boost the volume and reverb simultaneously, just the volume or just the reverb. With a Y cord I would max the bass on one channel and min the treble and vice versa on the other then blend with the volumes. How many times have you been playing a rhythm part when you needed a louder volume but with the exact, same tone? A qualified tech should be able to sort out most fixes, unless the boards are burned. As Andy said, they are notoriously unreliable particularly their reverbs and servicing can be difficult. I did locate a phone number with a Polytone greeting, but never an answer or a lead of any sort. First of all, there are big differences between different models and these differences do not limit to mere enclosure size and driver selection.

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Tech 21 Trademark 60

Vintage polytone amps

I also put a Tone Tubby in it for a tone improvement. I have a Mini Brute 2 don't know what year that I bought from a guitarist friend. Tommy Gumina may have been an talented accordion player but his company is defrauding people of their money. I've taken to using Mesa Subway amps for jazz. I think many newer approaches Evans, Hendrickson, and others are better design approaches and you have the benefit of companies that are much better at supporting their products.

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Polytone Amplifiers

Vintage polytone amps

Just pay shipping, it's yours. I have another 1970s amp that is a little more finicky. The 101 which had a single fifteen in a Vintage 4X10 Bassman style enclosure somewhat smaller , amp controls pointing up, sounded really really good. They seemed to have had a successful following. The natural tone of the amps is close to the Polytone. Each Trademark ships with a laminated cardboard overlay with suggested settings.

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Polytone Amps

Vintage polytone amps

I thought that to be pretty impressive in its own right. I found a thread here on Talkbass from a few years back, that at first noted the company was out of business, only to have someone declare evidence that they were indeed alive and well. Regardless of the guitar type Fender or Gibson , the Tech 21 sounds uncannily tubelike. Eventually, the thermal cycle of cold to hot to cold, catches up with the transistors. Whether you would like them or not is a matter of whether you are trying to get the tone of Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis, George Benson, and a bevy of other great jazz guitarists from the 1970s-1990s.

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Used Polytone Amplifiers

Vintage polytone amps

Cosmetically, the black tolex and brown grill cloth with white piping recall many of the best classic amp designs. . Finally, there is the notorious Baby Brute. We are not the only ones that they have done this to. I also wish the tone would remain the same as the master volume increases. The most information I got was from an Accordion vendor who had a long history of doing business with them I spoke with the Accordion company owner. I perform in a big band jazz ensemble twice a week requiring more volume , as well as gig in small intimate settings requiring less volume.

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Polytone Amplifiers & Effects

Vintage polytone amps

Barta must be a Gigmeister at heart, because this amp is dripping with cool features. As I recall there were some reliability issues with the early Mini Brutes. No longer have the bass, but I do still have the Polytone. I played an old Polytone for years, until it started crapping out. If you want a similar sounding solid state amp, try a Henriksen. Especially for the older products.

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