Joe Perry and Brad Whitford's, Aerosmith Custom Music Man 212-HD Terry Hanley, Tuning Room Amp Authenticated! (#160)

WOW! Here's a rare opportunity to own a piece of history from the greatest American hard rock band ever.

After 50 years in Aerosmith, and a lifetime infatuation with guitars and amps, Brad Whitford accumulated so much gear that it’s overflowing his warehouse. He used this gear to create some of the most iconic rock and roll of our time. He selected over 170 of his precious guitars, amps and speakers and asked my help in finding them new homes with players and fans who will appreciate them as much as he does. There’s a ton of amazing gear here. Keep watching, we’re posting more of Brad’s collection every day.From the Brad Whitford Collection at Donn Bennett's Drum Vault.

This amp was a custom "dressing room" amp built for Brad and Joe Perry by the legendary Terry Hanely Audio. Joe Perry mentions this amp specifically in his book "Rocks, My Life in and Out of Aerosmith". The amp is a drastically "Frankenstiened" MusicMan combo amp built as a multi purpose work station for Aerosmith's dressing/green room in the 1970s. One of the two 12" speakers was removed to make space for a built in tuner, spare strings, guitar tools and whatever other implements the Bad Boys From Boston kept handy at the peak of their hard partying era.

The amp was customized by Boston based, Terry Hanely Audio Systems. When Aerosmith started headlining major venues in the 1970s the chose Terry Hanley Audio to run their sound. Brothers Bill and Terry Hanley are pioneering legends in the field of sound reinforcement. They are credited with bringing live sound reinforcement into the modern era. In the 1960s and 1970s. They ran sound for The Beatles at Shea Stadium and managed the sound reinforcement at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. They toured and ran sound with Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Bob Marley and countless other top artists of the era. They are true icons in the field of sound reinforcement. Modern sound production would be what it is today with out the advances made by the Hanley brothers. 

This amp and cabinet have been extensively modified into a backstage/green room tuning rig. We had our tech go over it thoroughly to figure out how it's supposed to function. Here is his report:

It was originally modified by Aerosmith's techs such that the signal output from an internally mounted tuner, or tuners, would be fed to channel 1, and a guitar signal would be fed into Ch 2, either via the 1/4" input jacks or an XLR input jack that was added to the rear of the amp. The single 12" JBL speaker acted as a monitor for both, so players or techs could tune up. (2) balanced XLR Speaker jacks were added and are wired in parallel with the main 1/4" unbalanced speaker jack. They also added a balanced LINE OUT XLR jack wired in parallel, via series resistors.
Channel 1 is set up to amplify the tuner signal output. The tuner is located below the amp chassis, and its output is connected via a short, 1/4" Hi-Z audio (guitar) cable to an added 1/4" input jack on the underside of the chassis, near the Ch. 1 inputs. There is a dedicated space in the modified cabinet that appears to be the appropriate size to fit a c.1970's Peterson Strobe Tuner but there was not one included when we acquired the amp.
Channel 2 is set up with a Hi-Z balanced XLR (guitar) input on the rear of the chassis. The XLR jack is connected a Lo-Z to Hi-Z transformer mounted inside the chassis and the Hi-Z secondary is connected to the Ch 2 input jack.
By the time we received the amp, the 4xEL34 output stage was completely disabled. The output transformer & choke were removed, the power transformer's high voltage plate and 6.3v filament windings were disconnected from the power supply & tube sockets and the main 1/4" speaker jack was disabled.
The power transformer that came with the amp when we acquired it was not mechanically or electronically connected, and is actually from a Music Man HD65 amp, which supports 2xEL34, not 4xEL34. It is now secured to the chassis and electronically connected as per the original HD65 design, with the 120VAC primary wired & fused to meet current code. Because the power amp is disabled, and we do not have the appropriate replacement output and choke transformers, we have setup the amp to be used as a preamp. The low voltage, bipolar power transformer windings are all that is required to power the preamp. The unused high-voltage windings have been properly & safely secured with heat shrink.
Rather than the signal being directed from the preamp Master Volume pot to the (disabled) power amp, it is now directed via shielded wire to a 1/4" output jack on the rear panel. I have tested it with a standalone power amp, and it sounds great. The reverb & tremolo are functional and all the volume & tone controls are working.
The original reverb tank was non-functional but it has been tested with a known-good tank and sounded great.
If the new owner sources & installs the appropriate output transformer and choke for the 4xEL34 Musicman amp to drive the 12" JBL, this rig can be restored to it's fulfill intended late-1970's backstage utility.

It is being sold as a functioning piece of Aerosmith history.

Acquired directly from Brad Whitford. The amp is identified by an Aerosmith inventory tag. It includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Brad Whitford.

Ships from Seattle, WA. $180 US shipping. We will ship internationally.

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  • 212-HD Aerosmith Custom Terry Hanley,
  • 1970s
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