After the eighth repair I was told Polytone will not pay them for anymore repairs and would not give me a new one. Beautiful, smoky, dark jazz tone. I do not know what my pal was thinking about this amp -other that Deoxit, I did not do a thing to it, and it worked right out of the car. Didn't sound to me quite as warm. Here is a Polytone Mega Brute in excellent condition for sale! One of the real characters lived in my French neighborhood. The 2 channels are quite different on the V, chan.
This amp is solid-state, very linear, very flat. I think many newer approaches Evans, Hendrickson, and others are better design approaches and you have the benefit of companies that are much better at supporting their products. I will always have at least one Polytone in my house. I have a Mini Brute 2 don't know what year that I bought from a guitarist friend. Luckily, the amp was fine, but I guess the company doesn't make a lot of effort to provide any kind of service or even polite communication. Just discovered the problem today. It's been a great amp for me.
Been sitting in my garage for 15 years. For an average person e. You can call or fax them at the phone numbers on their web page. Then I discovered all went silent. Last time he said, hey I have these two amps I am throwing out, wanna take a look? One dropped down an icy flight of stairs.
Rarely were the amps ever designated by an intended instrument but because the amps could handle demanding bass tones, they often became known as bass amps by default. Last week I had to give it up after 38 years of gigging. I strongly recommend changing the speaker. Has typical wear of an amp this age. Every where I look just seems to defy the logic of the existence of relevant, viable business entity.
I posted earlier today about the specifics of my problem in amp central. The drivers speakers used were fairly inexpensive units, but overall these amps were some pretty clever designs. The purpose of this site is to inform Polytone owners, aficionados, and technicians. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Clearance items, effects pedals, and accessories, are considered final sales unless defective. They did suffer from serious heat problems. I need any info I can get - are the power amp parts in the chassis, or the power supply? Primarily played bass through it but as of late my squier 51.
I use it two or three times a week at fairly loud gigs and it's my backup amp and jam session amp, it's in the back of the truck all the time. I really like my Ceramic Tone Tubby in it. I have been recently trying to inquire about parts and in doing so I cannot determine if the company is still operating. I found a thread here on Talkbass from a few years back, that at first noted the company was out of business, only to have someone declare evidence that they were indeed alive and well. The previous owner took it to a professional tech and had the volume pot exchanged, but other than that it has never had any other issues to my knowledge. Whether you would like them or not is a matter of whether you are trying to get the tone of Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis, George Benson, and a bevy of other great jazz guitarists from the 1970s-1990s. Almost every Baby Brute every made had heat-related issues associated with the fact that there was nowhere for heat generated within the amp to dissipate.
Hey Dudes, I am a jazz guitarist. I had played a Microbrute before and liked it, but I greatly prefer my Fishman Loudbix Artist for a clean well-articulated sound. No, mine does not have any secret codes. Tommy Gumina may have been an talented accordion player but his company is defrauding people of their money. I have another 1970s amp that is a little more finicky. Sounded amazing and better still with a y cable and all the treble dialed up on one channel with all the bass off and the opposite on the other. I'm a lover of Polytones myself, my newest one is built far better than the 70's models I've had, I think my 2000 year model actually has some solder joints rather than twist tied together! Which one of these Polytones would be best for me? I had the opportunity to try a Polytone Minibrute today at Willys American guitars in Minneapolis.
I have to say it didn't speak to me. Built like a vintage Fender Bassman with head in back knobs facing up. I guess the lights are on but nobody is home. Still works except the verb. It is probably the best sounding amp Polytone ever made. Then you blended the volumes.