Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

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Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by Frobie » 09 Feb 2017, 11:39

I owned a lovely old Lenard rig in the late 60's made in Sydney. I still own the head although the cab fell apart many years ago but I salvaged the 4 Etone 12" speakers inside first. I have the amp head still. It is a SGB150 so i'll add some links to websites showing Lenard amps. The amp was a great rig and I was using a Fender Precision through it back then and after that a Rickenbacker 4003...she sounded gutsy and mean with that great valve sound. I just wondered if anyone remembers or even had one. I know Daddy Cool were big users of Lenard in the 70's. Some links below.

http://www.ozvalveamps.org/lenard.htm

http://lenardaudio.com/history.html
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Re: Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by tearalong » 09 Feb 2017, 12:07

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Post by rev matt » 09 Feb 2017, 14:15

I think our guitarist still has one.
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Re: Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by noplanb » 09 Feb 2017, 14:27

Yes, I had a Lenard 100W valve amp with a buzzy grill I fixed by putting some draught-strip round the edges :D .
When I bought it, someone had mounted the 4x12 Etones in 2 sort-of front-horned (shallow), shelf-ported speaker boxes. Not much cubic capacity behind, and the drivers had a high fs anyway - thus was born my life-long quest for clean depth, ie without boominess.
I ran it for a long time into an Altec W-bin (also no depth), then finally I Thiele-Smalled (in about 1980!) my own box using a Richard Allen Atlas 15 - was heavy chipboard. Did the job for about 10 years. I can't remember selling it, but I somehow ended up with an Eminar PA 100 head, which was fantastic (less tatty, and safer...) with my later design boxes, through the 90s/2000's - but thats another story.
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Re: Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by Frobie » 09 Feb 2017, 19:45

It just shows you to what lengths we bass players will go to get that "perfect" sound. Well as perfect as you can get a bass sound at least. You know guys, those Lenard amps were about the only thing I remember in the 60's anyway..lolll
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Re: Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by noplanb » 09 Feb 2017, 20:44

Just saw you left some Lenard links in the Vase thread - ta!
This brings back memories:
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So I now find out, for the first time, that my old klunker was called an "SGB150" - 'cos my nameplate was always missing!
Also, I reckon this one is re-covered - mine had original, very thin imitation Tolex that had gone tatty as.
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Re: Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by Frobie » 10 Feb 2017, 01:59

Hey noplanb I found it funny on the Vase link you put up that the amp was called a DynaBass Classic. My bass guitar is named the same..a Peavey Dyna Bass.
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Re: Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by Paisley » 10 Feb 2017, 11:28

I had a Lenard Cab when I was starting out; think it might have been a 4x12, albeit a bloody big 4x12!! 8/

Loved that Cab. The only other Cab I owned at the time was a HH 1x15 Cab; the Lenard was bigger & had more speakers, so to a 13 yr/old novice it obviously had to be better!
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Re: Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by Frobie » 10 Feb 2017, 17:43

Hi Paisley nice to meet you. Yes my Lenard cab was a big boy..probably identical to yours..loaded with 4x12" Etone speakers. It hung out the back boot of my Kingswood sedan tied down with "ocky" straps..lolll I had to buy an early HK Holden Brougham (circa '68 or so I believe) just to lug the cab around and have the boot shut..lol
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Re: Remember Lenard Amps from The 60's

Post by jcburn » 25 Feb 2017, 15:29

I used to have an old Lenard head and either 212 or 210 cab. A friend gave it to me in the early '90s. I have to admit it didn't sound good and smelled bad when the tubes heated up but I didn't ever have it looked at. I reckon the tubes were originals and maybe cooked! Wish I still had it - looked really cool with a vintage vibe.
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