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Soundcraft Pty. Ltd., SydneyContains:
|250R, ET20, BR20, 408R, LB60, LB61, 601, PA60, ET10 112 Combo, Escort|
Note the strong similarity to the Electravox.
“I had a great 60 watt one as my first amp.” Peter Mullany (ex-Sekret Sekret, etc.)
Pretty sure the OT in them was made by a mob called Telecomponents in Sydney.
Here's one in a Vadis 250R combo with the label still attached ...
Mine is also running on the yellow tap. From memory one tap seems to come from the middle of the windings and one from the end.
As far as dating goes, mine came with a pair of Miniwatt 6CA7 both date-coded B5C5 (5th week of March 1965), All but one preamp valve was dated 1965 as well. So I'm confident saying 1965 or 1966 for mine. My serial is 423.
Source: Skullsplitter (AGGH)
Serial: 2345 (again)
Source: Derek Lark
Full size underchassis detail input, output, power, and circuit.
VADIS 20 watt Valve Amplifier
Vintage Iconic 1972 model Australian (Sydney built by Soundcraft)
Model No ET20 Serial Number 2345
With Tremlo Foot Switch
Dimensions in Inches 9 x 19 x 21
Weight 27.6 lbs
1x10 inch Speaker
Controls Volume Treble Bass “Tremelo Speed”
Power Switch with 2 instrument inputs
External Cabinet is in excellent Condition, it has a Tremelo Foot Switch which I suspect was an after market addition
Works OK warm rich Classic tone when used with my Strat
If Playability is reason for Purchase A Technical reports says that all valves need to be replaced at a technitions quote of $198 which includes parts labour and GST
Sold for $510 on 12 July 2009.
Source: John Krohn
Edmond Hanna writes ...
I looked for ages to find something on Galaxie amps.
Mine looks identical to the Vadis Escort, except it has a GALAXIE sticker (like the br20 in the vadis section on your site) on the front panel. The sticker probably covers Vadis, but haven't checked. I bought it in about '95 from cash converters.
Attached is the schematic.
Galaxie Escort preamp and poweramp circuit.
Source: Edmond Hanna
Here is some info and images of my old Galaxie / Vadis Amplifier.
It is a glorious old thing and still going strong.
- Make: Galaxie badged VADIS
- Model: BR 20
- Serial #:2111
- Inputs: Bass, Rhythm, Accordion
- Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass
- Valves: 2 x 6L6, 1 x 5Y3, 2 x 12AX7
- Transformers: 3258, 4158
- Power O/p: 20Watts?
- Single 10" speaker, closed cabinet.
- No internal markings or compliance plate.
- Each input has a slightly different tone, the bass input has the least
- bottom end (?)
- History: Bought at Southport on the Gold Coast in the early 80's for $80.
- 15ohm speaker replaced when serviced by Watsons in Brisbane four years ago.
- Recently discovered it was a Vadis by seeing the same model for sale on
I have a Vadis Model 408R.
It has 2 Channels: Normal & Vibrato. There is also an echo knob, it has a spring reverb mounted on the back cover.
There are 2 inputs for each Channel, numbered 1 & 2.
Controls are, Normal Channel: Volume, Bass, Treble. Vibrato Channel: Volume, Bass, Treble, Speed, Intensity. As mentioned , there is a control for Echo as well. All controls go to 10.
The Vibrato & Echo are both footswitchable.
Source: stratmoto (AGGH)
Underchassis detail - PSU and output stage.
Source: Philthy (AGGH)
Source: Paul Conilione
from prolific contributor PaulC
Circuit for LB60 and LB61 thanks to Trevor Tombling.
Errata (dated 22/10/07): there should be a 100k between the anode of V3b and HT+3;
the 0.0047uF shown at the top of the treble controls may actually be 470pF.
see above.Nick Powell writes:
Here are a few photos of my Vadis LB61 extended range. I acquired this amp a few years ago, someone was throwing it out, and I happened to be at the right place at the right time.
[how lucky can you get?! - rr]
After cleaning up the pots ..that's all, I have the best sounding vintage amp I could possibly want, it has a really beautiful sound. The first channel seems to be suited for bass and the 2nd for guitar. I found the manufacture date inside, 4/73.
Thanks to Mal O'Neill, EVATCO.
Tube HeadPrice Paid: 0 (AU$) used Features: 4 about 25-30 years old 2 channels (4 inputs) 4 x 12 inch speakers in the cab Submitted by Neil at 02/19/2003 15:05
Source: Harmony-Centralserial number 483 Single channel two inputs marked "Instrument 1" and "Instrument 2" volume, bass, treble and a "tremelow speed" a very primitive looking footswitch I'm assuming it's 10 watts or thereaouts. single 12AX7 two other slightly larger tubes for the power side amp has a very bright sound the sheer age of it scares me a bit. (The guy I got it off is 64, and his father used to use it!!) pretty much mint condition. classic vintage look of brown twill cotton front and black vinyl sides Submitted by: Rod at 08/10/2001 03:55
Source: Edmond Hanna
Source: Richard Brent,
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