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Summit Sound Systems 2A3 amps; Hallmark Williamson amps; Cook Livingston Binaural amp; Fairchild 240 preamp...

I wish I had some pics for all to see.

The Summits were art deco looking push-pull amps, using all UTC or Ferranti trannies. The UTC equipped one is the amp that turned me on to interstage trannies. It is wrinkle black with a wrinkle black and chrome cage; looking like a cool mixer amp. The Ferranti equipped item is a wrinkle brown monster. Both of these amps were stage and/or recording amps, complete with a compressor/limiter stage.

The Hallmark Williamsons are two chassis, British built probably from Acoustical (QUAD) with amazing build quality; in and out. Without a doubt, these are true beauts. Seeing a pair of these KT66 amps will make any tube fan drool.

The Cook Livingston is a "sleeved" hammertone grey stereo amp with separate power supply. In fact, the Cook Livingston is THE first stereo integrated amp as we know them. It was available only as the Cook Binaural discs debuted in 1953-1954. It predates the Bell 3D and the Brainard binaural amps. The amp cage is a rounded corner sleeve that is a unique, beautiful hammertone gray/blue shade.

The Fairchild 240 is the highest gain mono '50s preamp with gold and cream and gray tones, utilizing lucite "bar" tone controls. There were three versions that each look amazingly very pretty. These could be some of the toughest preamps to fix inside; but their physical look is very special, IMHO...

I might also add the Acrosound Stereo 20-20 amp and Fairchild 255 amps as the cutest good looking small amps.


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