Very nice and extremely rare National Valco tube amplifier.  Sometimes referred to as the "Bird Grill". This is a working and tested amp that dates back to 1953 and has some a serious story with it.

The gentleman that sold it stated he played in a local band as a guitarist and bass player and in 1974 Frank Sinatra played a few concerts in the Spectrum in Philly. The second night after the concert he went to Lasordas restaurant (owned by Tommy Lasorda and his brothers) and ate and played 2 songs. The seller was part of the entourage and played a Frank song and a Beatles cover and either Frank Sinatra or the Lasordas gave him the amp as a thank you. He stated it originally had the tweed cover on it which he professionally removed (hence the wooden box finish) and was his prize of his collection.

This amp was fully tested by two musicians and both gave it rave reviews. At higher volume there was a faint vibration but did not seem to be coming from the cone and was told it was probably something loose, whether a paper or tag or maybe the front bird grill but this is truly an awesome piece to say-the-least.

The pictures are also part of the description. Please use the zoom and enlarge feature to get a closer look. You will be receiving the exact item shown in the photos. Due to the age and irreplaceable parts we are not able to offer refunds but do have this available for in person inspection or testing by appointment.

Product Specs

Condition
Good (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
Brand Valco
Model Unknown
Finish Wooden
Year 1953
Made In United States

Smooth transaction

Luther B. - August 02, 2019

As described - very well packed and delighted with the purchase. Thank you guys!

Michael S. - April 06, 2019

Excellent! Super fast shipping and exactly as described.

Craig S. - September 15, 2017

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Available for local pickup from Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Cottman's Music Shop

Philadelphia, PA, United States
Joined: Jul 2017