Here is a vintage 1964 Rowe Industries R15T electric guitar amplifier. This particular version, serial number D4-1722 (stamped on both the chassis and the cabinet tube chart), was more commonly branded and distributed by both C.F. Martin as the Model 112 and DeArmond under the identical model designation. This slightly more rare Rowe Industries appointed example is in very excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original footswitch! Incredibly highly regarded by the most fanatical of amp enthusiasts, even the ToneQuest Clarksdale R15T copy sells for over $2,000.00… so feast your eyes on this 100% all original, Rowe Industries R15T!
Serial Number: D4-1722
Speaker Code: 220410 (Jensen)
Transformer Code: 549-6050
This ’64 Rowe Industries R15T utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (2) 6V6, and (3) 12AX7 original tubes, through the original 1 x 12″ Jensen C12R Special Design speaker.
Commonly compared to the Tweed Fender 5E3 Deluxe to give some sort of context, it is widely accepted that the Rowe, DeArmond, or Martin, always ends up on top. With a similar schematic, but significantly more substantial transformers, it would suggest that the Rowe is actually a bit more serious, and those who have had the pleasure of playing know, it is most certainly the case.
With incredibly organic and smooth overdrive, the tone of the Rowe R15T is much sweeter than a Fender Deluxe, and happens to produce a sonically sensitive distortion that is much more soft, and not nearly as harsh or square-wave as a good Tweed amp. That is not to say that the gain produced by a 5E3 Deluxe is unpleasant, because that is not the case, in fact, it is a surprising sentiment since Tweed Fender amps are usually the standard in overdriven tone. So, if anything, it is more of an exuberant endorsement for the fantastic R15T.
This interesting example is in 100% all original condition, including; all original tubes, all original caps, original speaker, all original hardware, the original leather handle, and even the original 2-prong power cable. Additionally, this example appears to have been assembled later than most, using original production appropriate parts from the early-’60’s, while the tubes and speaker indicate a completion date in early-’64.