Amplifiers

DeArmond Tube Amps:

In 1959/1960, six amplifiers using vacuum tubes (thermionic valves) were introduced under the DeArmond name.  Four of these were also branded as CF Martin as follows:

DeArmond Model R5                  – CF martin Model M110

DeArmond Model R5T               – CF Martin Model M110T

DeArmond Model R15                – CF Martin Model M112

DeArmond Model 15T                – CF Martin Model M112T

DeArmond Model 25T               – No CF Martin equivalent

DeArmond Studio Amp             – No CF Martin equivalent.

DeArmond’s own manufacturing records refer to the CF Martin amps and a brief examination of the products clearly shows this to be the case.

CF Martin separately commissioned a series of transistorised amplifiers from Allen Organ, a company in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

A schematic diagram and instructions were supplied with every DeArmond and CF Martin amp.  A label was applied to the inside of every amp showing the vacuum tubes layout, the amp’s serial number and a code that may identify the employee in charge of assembly and testing.  Every amp with a tremolo, identified with suffix T in its title, was supplied with a removable footswitch.

An interesting feature of some tube amps sold under both DeArmond and CF Martin brands was the inclusion of one or more electronic circuits in maroon-coloured hard resin encapsulations.  These items were called ‘Erie Packs’ by the employees and were most likely included to prevent copying of the circuits by rivals.

An Erie Pack can be seen in the schematic diagram below, marked EP-9097, with ten numbered connections exiting from it.  The item itself can be seen in the lower centre of the amp chassis in the rear view of the amp.

Rowe-DeArmond’s 1965 catalog includes the following note on it’s last page:

‘DeArmond Amplifiers are booming in a big way!

Watch for the expanded line of DeArmond “amps” for 1965-66, from Rowe Industries of Toledo.’

Unfortunately, these amps did not appear, but Rowe Industries’ schematic drawings exist for the Model R6-T (undated and incomplete) and the Models R30-T and R60-T, both dated April, 21st, 1964.  See below:

Rowe Industries Amp R – 6T Schematic Title Block

Rowe Industries Amp R – 30T Schematic Title Block

Rowe Industries Amp R – 60T Schematic Title Block

A chassis exists for another amplifier, the DeArmond Model R 10T, complete with copper-finished control panel.  This amp was also not produced commercially.

Rowe Industries Amp R 10T Control panel

CF Martin Tube Amps:

These were as standard DeArmond models with cosmetic differences only, including a different baffle material, black fabric covering, a chrome control panel and black knobs:

DeArmond Solid-state Amps:

Starting in the late 1970s, when Steve Tosh managed the company, it produced a range of solid-state amplifiers and speaker cabinets for guitars, basses and PA as shown below: