Small Builders

I'm trying to build an organized repository of pics & history on these local amp builders.  If you would like to submit pictures or history regarding any of any of these companies, please do so.  You can email me at  Enjoy!  

Verlage Amplifiers - Made in Regina by Ken Verlage

Verlage Model 65 - Early model, it has a Buzz (Fuzz) cirucit built in - This one built in Humboldt Saskatchewan

This is a 66/67 Verlage 1x18 inch Bass Cabinet.  This was made by Ken Verlage in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  It has a Goodmans Audiom 91 18 inch thumper that looks brand new.

During his decade or so of manufacturing quality gear, he made approximately 200 or so amplifiers (as currently known) and an unknown number of cabinets.  I cannot imagine that there are many 1x18 inch cabs from the 60's available anywhere.  Picked this up in Medicine Hat.

This VTR-100 is killer.  You can nail Lynyrd Skynyrd sound with it.

VTR-100 - These sound great!

If you plan on playing this puppy at home foget it! You will have the riot squad at your door. It needs lots of room so that you can open it up and let it breathe.

1973 VTR-100 (Super Powerful)

1973 Verlage VTR 100. Originaly built in Humboldt Sask.. Ken Verlage moved his operation to Regina Sask. and produced these amps for a few years and in the mid 70's ceased operation. As was the case with many Guitar amps in those days they were based on PA Amp platforms. The VTR was a Fannon PA modded heavily and repackaged. Dont scoff !! These amps had plenty of raw power and the VTR 100  has a cool "Mello" circuit that is totaly unique. This brand is a trubute to the inginuity of early amp designs. Ken is now in the Edmonton Alberta area I have been told. Plenty of old rockers are familiar with the Verlage badge and some are still being used. (Please see the Canadian Amps page at top for more Verlage items.)

73 VTR-100

72 VTR-100

This amp came to me from North Eastern Alabama and supposedly has its early roots with The Lynyrd Skynyrd Band.  it should have a health warning on it as when opened up it may cause serious damage to man or beast. (or the structural integrity of you house). These rare Amps can really put out. They are a credit to the Amp designers and players of days gone by. Made in Regina Saskatchewan in the late 60's and early 70's. Ken Verlage is the man to thank for this creation.

73 VTR-100 with 2x12

Club 50 1x15 Sweet!

Stuart and his band in 1966.  Check out the VTR-100 head adn 2x12 cab.

73 VTR-100

Big Verlage Speaker Bin

Verlage Club 50

PEPCO - Pine Electronic Products CO Ltd - Pine, Riviera, Paul

 Rebranded: Arc,  Cobra, Supreme, Marlin, Regal, Lark, Trend, Ford, Rogue, Cord

Established in Montreal by Saul Pinchuk.  They built their own amps and also for other customers. 

CSA # LR19952 identifies Pine made equipment.

Pine Paul - Sweet little amp

Pine Paul Controls

Ancient Amp - Likely a Paul made by PEPCO - Thanks Dave

Arc 801 made by PEPCO

8" Speaker CSA #LR19952

PEPCO 10240 Armand Lavergne, Montreal - Google

This was their early 70's location.

Pine Electronics ad in a 1972 high school yearbook - Joel B found this

Paul amp by PEPCO 

(Pine Montreal Canada) 

801 Chassis

Marlin by Pine 1x8

Tube compliment 12AX7A, 50C5, 35WA.  CSA LR 19952 ID's Pine and it is an 801 Chassis. Not a bad home practice Amp or Harp Amp at all.

Pic. Rick Barnes.

Click link above for Pine history.

1961 PEPCO Pine Mode 811

Click on the picture to see its Reverb listing

I believe a Pine user manual - Joel B

Above: Marlin Amplifer (725 Pepco) - Thx Joel B

Below: Marlin CSA

Pine 7 watt - 60's

Click on amp for sellers Reverb page.

Very clean amp and Ill bet it sounds good!

Pine Rogue 725 (Pepco)

Above..Pine Electronics, Rogue Guitar Amplifier. Chassis model 725. Same as the one above with a different logo. CSA 19952. Nice amp with warn sweet tone to melt the blues away. Hand built and point to point hand wired.

Pine Rogue 725 (Pepco)

Made in Canada in the 70's. Pine seemed to make amps for anyone. This one has 2-6v6's and 2-12ax7's. + GZ34 Mullard tube rectified! This is a nice playing piece. Good warm tone and not bad overall power.

Nice demo of the 725

Wish I could get NOS Rogue for this price

7 watt Pine Lark - 1960's

Click on above picture for sellers Reverb page

Description of the amp: "It sounds primal. Very mono bluesy that gets hairy past 2 o'clock and well into garage trash territory. Think early Kinks or Sonics. This is a proper rock'n'roll amp that sounds killer with a harmonica once the tubes get cookin'"

Patina to the control panel

Super nice looking amp!

Regal Amplifiers

Regal #500 CSA LR11639 - Thanks Dan

Regal by Lifco & Gemstone Jazz Master - Thanks Colin

Capri Amplifers

Capri (Garnet) D45R


Wort Amplifiers - Wally romanyshyn's Contribution to SS Canadian Amps

Wort SL-80 2x10 (90w into 8 ohms, 260 in to 2 ohms) - Made in Winnipeg


Above, 1970's WORT GS12 Bass Combo. 

This Amp was made in Winnipeg Manitoba.

WORT Amps for the most part are all Solid State design. Not a bad thing when it lightens the load to carry. This amp is quite versatile and was a prototype that escaped somehow. Walter Romanyshyn was the man behind the WORT line. There are a few out there yet and I know of a couple of bigger ones still in use regularily 30 years later! 

Here's a YouTube demo of a Wort Dynamo.  Great sounding amp!

Pan Amplifers

Pan Booster

The circuit is basically a Dallas Rangemaster with a Mullard OC-44.

 Garnat Pan Duo-Matic - sweet little head

It has a fuzz circuit built in

Russel Amplifiers

Garnet Russel 5p from 1969

12au7 50c5 and 35w4

Piper Amplifiers

Piper 4x10

Lancer Amplifiers - Eatons Garnet Stencil Amplifier

Garnet Lancer (Lil Rock) 1x12 - Thanks Kent Militzer

Ram Amplifiers

Ram (Garnet) 1x12 - Vary Rare

Ram (Garnet) Bass/Guitar 1x10

Lifco Amplifiers

Lifco 1000 Tube (2x7027, 3 12ax7)

Below is an old address for Lifco

If you click the address, you will be taken to a website.  A fella put together a fairly comprehensive history of Lifco amps.  Enjoy the info he has.

Above: some nice Lifco history and greats sounds in this video.

Below: Great Lifco Cobra demo, rock on!

Regal Tube Amp

Regal Tube Amp - #500 Chassis

The Cobra M ark 2 - Lifco 800 Amp - Thx Joel B

Grant Amplifiers

All Tube Grant Thorcraft "Cobra" , 1966 Vintage. All you really need. 

Pic. Compliments Rick Anderson

Grant Avanti G30T - Mid 60's?

made by Thorcraft Ind. of Vancouver BC Canada. This puppy has a 6x9 HD Guitar/Harp speaker and tube power. Tubes silkscreened "Thorcraft".

Grant DJ Setup

Grant Mustang G40T

This is a sweet little amplifier . It features all tube power and a 1x12 Alnico speaker. Made by Thorcraft Ind. of Vancouver. Hank Thorkelsson is the man behind these great little amps. Hank had a good share in early Canadian Radio manufacturing. He knew his stuff and is a true giant in the growth of early Radio with his contributions. 

Symphonic Amplifiers

Symphonic Guitar Amplifier, made in Montreal Quebec Canada. All tube power and tube rectified. Jensen Alnico Speaker. Baby tone monster. 

Symphonic Amp. with EEL Chassis made in Montreal Canada.

Feb 1961 Symphonic Schematic

Electronic Enterprises Ltd - Makers of Symphonic

Cool Symphonic amp in a catalog!


Aztech Engineering - Aerco 350 Tube amp (2 x 6V6)

Aerco 350 - Thanks Tim Smith for these rare pictures

Electronic Enterprise LTD

2x7025, 1 6AV6, 2 6V6GT, 1 5u4(?)

Rare Baffin 1 - AF18 2 8" Alnico speakers - CSA #20269

Made by Northland Musical Inst. Amps - Thanks Ruth

Darius 1001 AHED Amp - Thanks Greg

Tagus B8000 - Thanks T&M Wilson

Tagus TB8000 Made in Toronto 

Thanks Sherwin

Darius 2002 - Brentwood BR01 - Aquarius Bass

Taurus Bass Amp - Made in Toronto

Tagus Formula II

AHED Aquarius 1002 SS Combo - Thanks Bern!

Tagus Pro Bass 1x15 - Made in Toronto

Thanks Doug

Sears SS & 2x12 AHED

CSA LR29603

Sears AHED

Thanks Don Hoffman

Imperial Head and Cab - Thanks John

Symphonic - EEL Chassis - Montreal

Symphonic - Montreal

Imperia made by Garnet CSA LR24510

Thanks Dan

Keil 22 - Thanks Devin Fox

Sears D45R

70's United D15TR made by Garnet. 

It is a single 12" combo powered by a single 6V6 tube.  This amp has great volume, not to be underestimated.  One of the nicest single tubed amps I have had.  It has Reverb, Tremelo and a single Tone Pot.  It is in great condition and sounds fabulous.  When the volume is turned up she has this really nice distortion, not flappy at all.  It measures 30"x20"x10" and weighs approx 40 lbs

Vagabond 1x12

Made for sale by Eatons stores this was a pretty good piece in its day. 2-12ax7's and one 6v6.

Marlin - Thanks Dave Missnet

Unted (Garnet) D100BT

By Garnet Amplifiers of Winnipeg Manitoba. The United name came from the fact that Gar made this line for the United Shcool district in Winnipeg. These are the best sleeper amps out there , afterall who ever heard of a United Amp? If you see one, try it out. You will be pleasantly surprised!

It is a Garnet through and through, all tube powered!