In the early '60s, the popularity of the electric guitar created new opportunities for mail-order catalogs and department stores alike to fill American homes with products that fulfilled aspiring musicians' rock n roll desires. Some bigger names like California-based Magnatone sold multitudes of amplifiers under various off-brand names, too. These were readily available at affordable prices through various catalogs and stores.
This "Orpheus" model 707 was made in California by Magnatone in 1963. This rare model from "Coast Wholesale Co." (aka Magnatone) is a fantastic American-made, all- tube, low-wattage amp. It features a 1963 8" Alnico-magent Utah speaker that sounds fantastic, and it has been modified properly so that it is 100% safe for modern use. The original circuit did not have an isolation transformer, so the addition of a proper transformer and a three-prong power cord make this one safe. The filter caps have been replaced, but otherwise everything on the chassis appears to be original. It is currently set up with NOS RCA tubes: 12AX7 preamp, 50L6 in the power section, and 35Z5 rectifier.
Like many low-wattage combo amps from this era, the Orpheus breaks up nicely at lower volumes, making it an excellent studio "grinder." Turn the volume knob all the way to 10, and you've got warm, smooth saturation. When you roll back on your guitar's volume knob, it cleans up nicely, too.
This '63 Orpheus Model 707 shows some wear and tear from the years, but its original handle is still in tact. It's missing the "Orpheus" badge on the grille cloth, and someone helpfully marked the "Hi" and "Lo" impedance inputs. Its original on/off volume control pot dates to 1963 and functions like it should. All-in-all, this vintage beast has a lot to offer as a practice amp, but it would find plenty of use around the studio as well.