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Goldentone

The Volks-amp of the 60's.

Rose Music Pty. Ltd.,
8 - 14 Ross St.,
South Melbourne.
and
102 Victoria Rd.,
Marrickville, Sydney

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These amps represent a transition point in looks and power, style and design for backline amps of the time. I'm not the first to remark how much the Playmaster 116 and 117 look like Goldentones internally.

They looked at home in jazz clubs and ethnic reception centers but as dance venues grew so the fashion changed to massive, glowering two-column stacks like Darth Darlek, and in black. Gold trim became totally cheezy - the Goldentone was out and Eminar and Strauss were in.

02/03/06
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Goldentone page index:
Goldentone Model listing,
This page Serial number and date table, some Circuits,
Page 1 “7/40”, “8/50”, 1351 “9/60” Dual 30 | Reverbmaster Series | “1958”
Page 2 Models 1755, 1759, 1765, 1767 | 1762 Combo | Bassmaster Series, 1756, 1760, 1764 | Model 1757 | Bassmaster 1 x 12-inch |
Page 3 1766, Soundmaster 1758, 1752, 1750 | Soloist | Tremelo/vibrato Combo |
Page 4 Model 1776 | Model 1778 | Serial 2208 | Broadway | Rare suitcase combo | 6 by 6 combo |
Page 5 Model 1763 PA | Communications Systems of Australia - 35 | Mystery Goldies
Page 6 Hybrid 100

Mo' Circuits

New: 12/11/09

Circuit for 1963 Bassmaster Mod. 1746 (67121) 2x12 flip-top combo.

Source: Mike Blake

New: 21/1/08

Grant Wills raided his stash and uncovered a number of his old circuit tracings, including;


New: 7/4/07

Three original advertising flyers (1.3Meg Zip d/l) thanks to Peter G Field.

Advertising spec sheet for the 1763 PA 130kb jpg thanks to Peter Hutchison.

New: 16/5/07

Safety tip for most Goldies

Thought I would point out that fuse clips available for 3AG type fuses from either Altronics or Jaycar (pack of 8 approx $2) fit perfectly across the tag strip.

It's not too much trouble to insert it between the incoming mains and the power switch and no drilling required!

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Source: Peter Hutchison


Source: Hiama per ANZamps

Serial and Date table

Feel free to send yours.

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5-digit “Other#”, Serial#, Model#, Date
The A+R output transformer number is centre, OT2700 = 40W, OT2701 = 60W
Pic: SlimCat

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Detail: date on choke (source: Grouse Guitars)

Sort order - serial, or date, or other
Model Other# Mod# Ser# Date on Choke Owner/(spotter)
- - - 1115 - John Van Buuren
- - 1776? 1540 - Mick Forster
Twin-cone 12 combo - 1778 1711 (late-1950's?) Paul from Canberra
Suitcase combo 6x9 speaker - - - 23 Mar 1963 Richard D
Blue combo - - 1994 - e-Bay
Twin-cone 12 combo - 1778 2157 (1961/2?) Martin Eade
Blue combo - - 2208 - Evan Lorden
Blond twin-12 combo - 1755 2613 22 Oct 1963 (Grouse Guitars)
Blond twin-12 combo - 1755 2820 20 Feb 1964 Richard D
- - 1755 3032 - Paul Stevens
- - 1755 3065 10 July 1964 Walter Nyikos, Austria
Bassmaster 60 - 3125 - Ken Stone
Blonde combo - 1755 3267 27 June 1964 Ken Palethorpe
20 watt Bassmaster - 1757 3276 18 Sept 1964 (Ken Palethorpe)
15W 1xRola12P - - - 14 Sept 1964 Ken Palethorpe
Bassmaster 40 fliptop - - 3310 18 Sept 1964 Richard D
Twin-12 combo - 1755 3530 21 Jan 1965 Richard D
Bassmaster 20 - - 3714 10 Feb 1965 Steve Cowley
1764 “Rosie” - 1764 - Mar 1965 Shaun Helps
Bassmaster 40 - 1760 3920 - Alan Boyd
Bassmaster 20 - - 4024 30 Apr 1965 Richard D
Bassmaster - 1757 4946 25 May 1965 (Peter Hutchison)
Reverbmaster 60 - - 4972 - Brendan Willson
Bassmaster S/State 68226 1747 5270 - Richard D
40W Reverbmaster combo - 1767 - 8 June 1966 Pete Bowe
Bassmaster 40 67251 1756 5593 26 Aug 1966 Slimcat
Reverbmaster 60 Hybrid 67227 1764 5602 31 Jan 1967 Luke R Davies
1760 67517 1760 5796 - Jez Nazifovski
1762 67811 1762 5895 - (SwopShop)
Bassmaster 20 chassis 67420 1757 5956 - Richard D
40W combo - 1765 5985 - Tim Occleshaw
1742 Lead 68328 1742 - - (Grouse Guitars)
Reverbmaster 40 - 1762 6095 - James Gilmour
40W Reverbmaster - 1762 6549 18 Jan 1966 John Matthews
Bassmaster - 1757 6784 - John Van Buuren

Dating your Goldie

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New: 11/11/09

This graph of serial numbers against the date on the HT choke should allow the appoximate dating of undated amps from the serial number.

It is important to note that the date on the choke is the date it was manufactured by Rola, not the date the amp was finished. The kinks and bumps in the line are due to the chokes not being used in the date order manufactured. Enough chokes could be manufactured in a day or so to supply production for a month, so groups of up to 100 amps could carry the same datestamp. The date will be close to the date of amp manufacture but it will not strictly match the serial numbers.

Serial Extrapolated date
100007-Apr-62
150028-Sep-62
200022-Mar-63
250012-Sep-63
600014-Jan-67
650008-Jul-67
700029-Dec-67
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