Matamp Quasar 500 and Laney VH100R guts


Showed up set to bridge mode, had to open it and find the switch. Turns out not on the side with the diagram. Do spot a toasty looking resistor bottom left though. Still tested right, luckily as it was missing a stripe.



Right side this time, showing the classic K135 and J50 mosfets. Hand marked bridge/stereo switch on the pcb to the left.

Other thing:


Laney VH100R, made a bunch of noises and blew a fuse.


A shorted power valve, a miles out of spec (like, measured a couple of meg rather than open) grid resistor. Suspect someone tried a ‘fix’ by swapping positions before selling this as ‘working’. Couple of dud pres too.

Laney LB50 combo.


Tolex stripped and painted, grill cloth gone, so looks a bit alter than it is.


Greenbacks in there. Next is the fun part, no external fixing for holding the chassis. So its guessing at which heads on the chassis lead to getting it out and not making anything inside come loose. It basically works, so not desperate to get inside yet.

Laney VA 100 head and VA50 combo


This is kind of a rarity. Came in between Klipps and Pro-tube series as far as I know, have asked Laney on FB if they can confirm anything.


Decent sized iron. Still the crappy rotary switches.


PCB with more stuff mounted on it that the Pro Tubes, guess they figured it wasn’t such a great idea.


Top side.


Combo version, different chassis, cut outs and angled front.



McKenzie speakers. Burman briefly used these, kind of premium items, few Burman similarities/influences on these amps, see Pro Series amps.

Laney Nexus 400w KT88 valve beast.

Been after one of these to poke about in, used one to record Fire in the Womb. finally got one to poke about in, non-working.


Says ‘all tube’, but obviously tons of SS for the graphic and effects. Can be bypassed though.


Came with two KT88 missing, and the bust pre is presumably why it doesn’t work.


Not sure what the tiny floating board is. Not sure hat a lot of the stuff in there is really, but that looks odd.


Laney AOR 50 and Supergroup guts.


Inside AOR 50, some tinkering done. Just needed a clean and revalve, working happy, £400 if interested.


This ones a 100w Supergroup, with a burned valve base like every other Supergroup I’ve been in, rest seems pretty original, will clean that up and see if it works.


Inside a Supergroup power simulator slave, also with the burned up bit.