Swiss amp = Beatles amp : photos 1

Swiss amp = Beatles amp : photos 1

To kick things off, here are some photos of the left side of the panel, with some of the more obvious points circled.

Beatles amp (Black & White) top, © Beatles Book Photo Library.  Modern-day Swiss amp below. Complex of marks under Amphenol, particularly downward line and ‘V’ shape

Some of these marks are caused by hard scratches/knocks which chip away the enamel to reveal the bare underlying metal.  Some shapes are less visible in some head-on photos, but heightened by certain angles/lighting.  This suggests radiating impact damage/fracture of the enamel, just under the surface.

Compare line going up from right of  another V-shaped mark/chip by top left of Amphenol,  in two photos of Swiss amp (Beatles 1966 amp in black & white in centre,© Beatles Book Photo Library).  It isn’t so clear in top photo, but underlying damage comes out more with different angle/light

Moving towards the middle of the rear panel, we have the Standby switch.

1966 b/w amp left © Beatles Book Photo Library, Swiss amp right.

Here are the marks under the Standby switch.  Note how some blow has scratched, possibly taking a chip out of the top left of the  ‘O’ of  the ‘ON’ legend.   We’re at the extremes of even this highly detailed image, but there’s a slight suggestion in the 1966 photo of similar damage, probably from whatever caused the scratch.  The switches  today have been changed over to metal; we suspect that this was done in-house by Triumph.  Maybe after damage during the tour, it was returned or recalled for a make-over back in Croydon, rather as Carl Nielsen recalled switching a blown transformer on one of the Beatles models that been similarly returned to Triumph.

On the right side of the rear panel, we have the marks under the footswitch.   Though screws and bolts seem to have been tightened here and there over the years, several remain in the same position.  Here the footswitch screws in the corner look to be the same, but the ones on the ohm selector look to have shifted.  The may have been tightened when it was given an overhaul,  or loosened in all the travel by train/plane/car on tour.

Beatles amp above, © Beatles Book Photo Library

On the Footswitch legend itself, you can see what looks like a flaw/blemish dot just beyond the top right of the W.  Again the image is too blurry to say for sure what’s there,  but there does seem to be something reflecting beyond the top right of the W in the 1966 Beatles panel too.  (Although the F is slightly high on both, this seems to have just been from the stencil used.  It turned up on another amp with prototype features, so we don’t think the high F is any kind of distinguishing mark.  That’s not the case though with this dot shown here, beyond the last upstroke of the ‘W’).

Swiss amp above.  Beatles tour amp below, © Beatles Book Photo Library

More photos & comparisons to follow…..

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