Here’s a very interesting product from the golden age of American hifi. The Bell Carillon 6060 was produced for a few years around 1960 by the Bell Sound division of Thompson Ramo Wooldrich, Inc. of Columbus, OH. Bell was one of the players in the business, along side names that are more famous today, like Scott and Dynaco. $220 in 1959, it would be $1600 today.
You can think of the 6060 as a PAS-3 and a Stereo 70 on one chassis. Phono and line amps use 12ax7s, as does the driver stage. Output tubes are EL 34, for a rated 30 watts/channel. The wiring and components look good, as nothing has leaked or burned. The craftsmanship is impressive. Tubes run fairly cool, with a modest bias on the output. It is well put together, on a stiff chassis. It needs to be, carrying three good-sized transformers. This won’t be cheap to ship because it’s heavy!
This unit looks like it had been well-used and then put away for about 35 years. It comes with its original signal tubes: Telefunken 12ax7s and Mullard EL34s. There is a much newer RCA 5u4 in place of the original 5v3. All the amplifier circuitry is original and unchanged. I put new, properly rated, power supply/cathode bypass caps under the deck before powering the amp up, as the old ones are prone to failure. This would be easy to reverse, as the old cans are still in place. It could use a new power cord. It has a bit of hum, but no crackles or other disturbing noises. I have used it for about 40 hours and it has made music sound very nice, indeed.
All inputs and functions work okay. The controls are not scratchy and there are no intermittent connectors, switches, or pots. If you like a classic sound, you can use it as is, or as a basis for restoration and modification. Schematics are on the Web.
Condition, in and out, is good for a unit this old. The front trim is clean – almost flawless. The front panel looks very good and the way it lights up at night is just gorgeous – see the photo.
I didn’t find any sales history on this model, but considering what un-restored Dynacos go for, and considering how many problems often come with those units, I think this is a decent value if you are looking for vintage sound from a functional device.
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