gemini86

Seamoon Moon 45 guitar amp
« on: July 05, 2011, 01:39:50 AM »
Hey chaps...

I just picked this thing up today off craigslist:
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6qVfRjgfhTMIbojfVVBBosB835ywTyYJ0NxkTzy-yuI?feat=directlink

It sounds actually pretty good! I was looking for something very fuzzy transistor-y but I bought it really only because I couldn't find ANY info on it... Seamoon is only really known for it's auto-wah pedal "Funk-Master" and there are no records or schems for ANY amps built by this company. It's a transistor based thingy with a hi/low input, no switches, preamp gain, treble and bass controls and a master gain (which doesn't actually turn the volume OFF when you use the high input). I was told there was a sticker somewhere on the chassis that said serial #11, but I haven't looked around too much (I'd have to cut the speaker wires to remove it completely). But the output seems to be a complementary pair, one motorola 2n3055, and one that I can't read very well until I get it completely apart. It has a Fender Eminence 'Special Design' (which I've read that really means 'Cheaply Made For Somebody Else's Amp)12" and I've yet to really crank it, because my wife would kill me and I'm not totally ready to die yet.

So anyway... Anyone know anyone who knew anyone that knows something about these?
- Rodney

"...you better call Kenny Loggins, 'cause you're in the danger zone."


bobine

Re: Seamoon Moon 45 guitar amp
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011, 12:31:33 PM »
Fascinating...

http://www.adaamps.com/History.htm#
Seamoon Ltd. was established in Berkeley in 1973, when Craig Anderton, who later gained fame for his articles and columns in Guitar Player magazine, and for his book Electronic Projects for Musicians, solicited a music store in hopes of selling a pedal he developed. “I had come up with the circuit for an envelope follower that later became known as the Funk Machine,” says Anderton. “I had a friend named Larry Schreiber, who was familiar with a music store in Berkeley called Skatzenbag Music. I took it in there to see if John Lang, who owned the store, was interested in selling it. He ended up taking it to a NAMM show and got orders, so we decided to make the thing.”

"These products remained the mainstays of Seamoon’s product line through most of the mid ’70s, although the company also introduced an ill-fated battery-powered solid-state amp called the Peter Portable."

There are two photos of a Seamoon 45 from the 1976 Namm Show here: http://www.jerrypynckel.com/




gemini86

Re: Seamoon Moon 45 guitar amp
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 02:52:03 AM »
That's a good read. You can see the amp in the background of that photo from NAMM 1976, I wonder, could it be mine? :D It's fun to find the oddball pieces that somehow made it through the years without TOO much mutilation. Somebody did cut two 6" holes in one side for more speakers... ??? Looks like the cab was originally closed back also, but now it's not. Too boomy, maybe?
- Rodney

"...you better call Kenny Loggins, 'cause you're in the danger zone."


 

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