I've had this amplifier for some time as part of my inheritance from my father.

I've enjoyed it, but I've come to realize there are collectors and enthusiasts that will enjoy this much more than I.

I believe this amplifier to be all stock materials, except for the bright yellow rope handle (which was added by the very practical owner of this amp prior to me).

I'd like to know what make/model/year this "Chicago 51" is according to you experts... and what a fair price for it would be.

I'd like this amp to be in the hands of a collector who would refurb and enjoy the heck out of it.

Thanks for any info you can provide.


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History of Valco

The Valco company has its roots in the National String Instrument Corporation, which was founded in 1927. The company is famous as the first manufacturer of resonator guitars, which were hugely popular in blues and (a bit later) bluegrass music. National merged with the Dobro company, another maker of resonator guitars, around 1932 to form the National Dobro Corporation. The company began producing electric instruments in the 1930s that included electric guitars, lap steels, mandolins and amplifiers. These pre-war electric instruments are fairly rare today, though the lap steels pop up with some regularity. The archtop bodies for the guitars were sourced from Regal and then from Kay, but the electronics were developed and manufactured by National-Dobro. The Supro brand name was introduced in the mid-‘30s for cheaper electric instruments.

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