This c1973 Sano GS-15 is in excellent condition, it has a new filter cap, a new resistor or two and a new 3 prong AC cable. Pot codes confirm 1973 CTS pots and a 1973 alnico Eminence 12” speaker are utilized. The two tremolo knobs are non original.

Some info on Sano; circa 1940, Joe Zonfrilli, Sr., founded music schools called Major Music, in Irvington New Jersey. At some point near 1950, an accordion player named Nicholas Sano, wanted a pickup for his accordion, and Joe designed and patented one of the first pickups for what had until then been a purely acoustic instrument. With the pickup came the need for an amplifier, and so in 1951 came the first Sano amps. One prevalent myth is that Sano was in some way affiliated with Ampeg. That isn't the case. Both companies were in operation at the same moment in time, and at one point Sano had considered buying an Ampeg factory that was relocating, but there was no business relationship between the two companies. There may have been as many as 100 different amplifier models produced, from the company's inception in 1951 until its demise in 1980, later on, as rock music came to the forefront, Sano made amps with the usual mid-range boost for electric guitar and keyboards, bass amps, P.A. systems, solid state amps, stand-alone reverb units, and even a battery powered 1-10" speaker amp with a shoulder strap, called "The Minstrel," for marching bands!

This amp sounds amazing. Lots of headroom. Not surprising considering Sano is famous for their medium/large accordion amps. It really rips when cranked up full. The chassis was also used on a "reverb" model thus the plugged reverb panel hole and extra 12AX7 tube socket .

This is a cool piece you can gig and record with. There are quite a few vintage tube amps circulating out there but not many of these!

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Year Condition Color Case
1973 Excellent Black None


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