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My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 12:31 pm
by wwpete52
The gas can amp the I bought on Ebay Sunday came today! Wow! It is much more than I thought it would be. It's called "The Can." It was made in the USA by SLM (the same folks that made the original Crate amps). I took it apart and cleaned it up. It takes 8 size "D" batteries. It works great! I assume that it was made in the 70s or early 80s.

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RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:27 pm
by mickeypainless
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-07-06 AT 09:28 AM (EST)]>>>I assume that it was made in the 70s or early 80s.

Ahhhhhh.... back when gas was still under a buck a gallon!
Enjoy yer new toy!

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:48 pm
by lorilu
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-07-06 AT 10:48 AM (EST)]You lucky. Can you play us a tune thru it? I think it is just the coolest thing ever.

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:29 pm
by wwpete52
I e-mailed the folks at SLM and asked them when the amp was manufactured. This was their reply:

"Hello Wally, 'THE CAN' was manufactured here in St. Louis at our Crate factory in the early 1980's. We built about 10,000 total but I very rarely get inquiries about them. One thing that came up about 10 years ago was that Curt Kobain mentioned in an article that he used one to get a unique sound on one of his recordings. Thanks, Chuck Phillips"

That's kind of cool! I would post a sound clip buy I don't know how to do that! (I'm ol'skool)

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:30 pm
by jeffl
That thing's cool! If I had it,I'd prob'ly play it until my kid took it down to the gas station and filled it up for lawn mowing,lol!

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:01 pm
by wwpete52
I'm really suprised how loud it gets without distorting.

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:51 pm
by guitarslim101
Sounds cool. I hope it doesn't draw too much power, though. 8 D's could be a little pricey.

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:14 pm
by ricochet
> 8 D's could be a little pricey.

Uh, yeah!

We are still talking about batteries?


"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:00 am
by lorilu
Too, funny. Ricochet, did you ever answer my turntable question? I can't find where I asked it.

I just want one of those amps! I don't know why. I am kind of jealous, Pete. Im olskool, too.

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:02 am
by ricochet
I answered it, with words to the effect of "Dunno." Google's your friend. You need to know the make and model of the turntable. The belt itself will be a standard part, but figuring out which one is the trick.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:22 am
by wwpete52
>Too, funny. Ricochet, did you ever answer my turntable
>question? I can't find where I asked it.
>
>I just want one of those amps! I don't know why. I am kind
>of jealous, Pete. Im olskool, too.

I'm flying to Nashville this weekend. I will return on the 14th. When I get back I might just sell it to you if you still want one and can't find another. Let's both think about it.

RE: My GAS CAN amp arrived yesterday!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 5:41 pm
by lorilu
Thanks Ricochet. I will google. Actually, my friend who fixed the turntable 10 years ago wants me to flame his daughter's bicycle so I'll let him work his magic in trade.

Pete, I would feel really bad if you sold me that amp because I think you like it a lot. Don't do it. I like it but you need to mess with it and have some fun. I have plenty of stuff around here to play with. Maybe later on if you've had your fun and you don't want it anymore let me know. OK? I have had my eye on those little battery operated pignose's for years and one of these days when I can justify it I will probably buy one.