Saturday, August 30, 2014

STE - SouthEast Technical Enterprises - 1962 Amplifier

The compact, stylish design of these amps flies in the face of "bigger and better" amp designs of the early 1960s. STE didn't quote power specifications. Instead, they claimed their amps would deliver room-filling, clear sound. 

Can't get much simpler than this.

Had to do some research on this one. STE - SouthEast Technical Enterprises manufactured stereo amplifiers in Clearwater, Florida in 1961 - 1963, possibly longer. These dual mono amplifiers were tied to a power source in a nice wooden cabinet. I picked this unit up at a flea market in Carpinteria, Ca, along with a Heathkit FM-4 tuner, which I'll get to in another post.

This had problems - power fluctuations caused uneven sound in both channels. I unplugged it and mothballed it for not. It's a unique piece, worth keeping around, but it won't be making music without some serious help. 

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