Post by Michael Messer on Jul 2, 2020 20:40:26 GMT
I have owned and toured with many amps over the decades, but my favourites by far have been these four.
Mid 1970s Mark 3 Wem Dominator - It was stolen off the stage after a gig! Brilliant amp, I did a few years with it and was very sad to lose it.
1978 Mark 1 hand built Mesa Boogie 60/100 combo, solid wood with wicker front - Loved it to bits, but needed a crane to move it around. I made a few albums with it and toured a lot, but it was just too heavy.
1957 5watt National Westwood - I have used this on thousands of shows and recordings in the 26 years I have owned it. It's never been serviced and never needed new valves.
2004 5watt No Name hand built and hand wired Champ copy - This one has served me well too, it's a beautiful amp.
Oh yes and....
1974 Pignose 7-100 US built. Recently I have been using this at home and on some studio recordings. It is a stunning little amp, sounds absolutely beautiful.
I've solved the amp problem, I kept my twin, I like it too much, as little as I like moving it and bought this lovely little selmer.
It's a first type Selmer Futurama Corvette, 6 Watt, 8 inch speaker, it's almost like a british champ with the best tremolo! I've not played with it much yet, but it's a great little amp, and way more portable!
Good choice. (Well maybe one or 2 many knobs) I saw the topic was bumped and I was going to suggest going with a Fender Champ or Tweed Princeton. Single Class A output. I just put together a Princeton 5E2 clone in a Deluxe 12 inch cabinet and it is great.
Took a look at a schematic for the Corvette...it looks like the volume control is right at the output stage (like a master volume)...unlike the Fender Champ and Princeton that have it at the preamp. So the Corvette may give you preamp overdrive or overload at lower volume... gives me the idea to add a master volume to my amp, since Imdo have an extra spot on the chassis to do so...
Alex. You will never make it to the big time with a dinky little amp...look at these guys with the cheesy old amps...never heard of them...
Looks like the left handed guy is going through a Watkins Westminster, tremendous small amps. A bit more power than a Champ, most have a p-p circuit with ECL 82s ( I think that’s right, it has a pair of pentode/triode valves, with the triode part as the phase inverter). The next step up was the Dominator, which I think was the template for the Marshall 18watt. All the early ones had valve rectification. Great amps. Pete
I noticed Michael had a Dominator , though by the time Watkins became WEM the valve rectifier had gone