Friday, March 15, 2013

Old-School Danelectro Logo SVG

A year or so ago I picked up a Danelectro DM 25, in need of much repair. After replacing a few components it works quite well, although it's missing the peizo reverb tank.

But the front panel is a mess...

I'll have to make up a replacement. This can't be salvaged.

To that end, I photographed the old Danelectro logo on the front of my Dano DM10, an amplifier that's contemporary to the DM 25. The DM 10's condition is much better. Even so, there's plenty of corrosion evident on the smaller amp. It's not enough to warrant replacement, though.

This image file was then imported that into Inkscape, a great freeware vector image editor. Inkscape has a powerful autotrace function for bit-mapped images which is super useful for converting photos into vector format. After a little tweaking, here's the result, which is very true to the original:

The old-school logo isn't quite the same as the modern one. It's a little rougher, a little more vintage. The above image is a JPG file, but I'm glad to share the vector file for other users:

Danelectro Logo, SVG

This link will display (at least on Firefox), but download Inkscape to edit or resize it. Remember--it's a vector file, so there's no pixellation when enlarging... Enjoy!


  1. I have a Danelectro DM25 That I bought in 1965 in 72 I pulled it off the cab and it quit. I figured i ruined the tubes it set in the closet until this year I decided to spend the money to retube. Unfortunately still no sound. Just a very faint hum in the speaker. Once sound blurted out and faint. Do you have any info on PowerTtanny or Output trannys for this amp. I live in an area where no one services old tube amps.

  2. Clean all the POTs and the tube sockets. It's easy to check on the power transformer with a VOM (but be CAREFULL, it's dangerous). Your output transformer might be bad, but check everything else first...and be certain that the tubes are good.

    Find someone with an oscilloscope, and trace the signal path. Maybe it's just a bad cap or a fried carbon-comp resistor. You can likely test some of the resistors with a VOM if you pull the tubes--those resistors that would be isolated without tubes. Testing all of them would require de-soldering one leg. And testing caps would require a capacitance meter.

    If the transformers are bad they can be rewound, but it wouldn't be cheap. Mercury Magnetics sells replacement transistors for some old Dano amps, but they are very pricey.

    Good luck!

    1. Thank you for the response

    2. Sure, no biggie.

      Also, I wrote "replacement transistors" but I meant replacement transformers," sorry about that...