Victoria Amps Ivy League

The Ivy League amp by Victoria is one of their newest offerings.  This amp is actually a recreation of the classic Fender Harvard 5F10.  As you might know a vintage 5F10 can be hard to find, and pretty pricey if you can.  The original Harvard 5F10 amp is one of the amps that created that classic Memphis guitar sound, and this recreation captures it pretty spot on.

The Ivy League is a 14 watt amp with three inputs: low, medium, and high. All transformers, resistors, and vacuum tube components are American made.  This is a perfect amp for recording, with a great clean tone and some classic tweed style overdrive.  The Ivy League uses two fixed bias 6V6 tubes to produce those 14 watts of push pull power.  The 6AT6 7-pin input tube circuit is unique to the Ivy League.  It has triple padded inputs that you won’t find anywhere else.  The preamp section uses a 12AX7.  You’ll also find a 5Y3 rectifier tube in this amp.  The speaker is an Eminence Legend ten inch speaker.

The Ivy League has an MSRP of $2,434, which is a bit high.  However, it has a street price of $1,995.  It measure 16.5” H by 20” W by 9.5” D.

Victory Ivy League Demo Video

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August 24, 2011
Posted in Victoria Amplifiers — anthony @ 11:11 pm

Morris Amps Rockgrinder

The Morris Amps Rockgrinder is one of their main production models.  While in the past they had a number of different options on the amp, they have locked in the design for the production model with two channels and coming in three different configurations (head, 2x12, and 1x12).  While some may be sad to see the custom versions of the Rockgrinder go, this new model will allow Morris to fine-tune every aspect of it.

The overdrive channel, delivers a nice range of drive from a bit of distortion for blues up to a powerful, hi-gain grind.  In general the overdrive is super responsive and you can use your guitar’s volume control to dynamically adjust the sound as you play.  Over on the clean channel, you get rich, complex sounds like those from an American 60’s amp.  It features three tone controls to help you perfectly sculpt the sound.

The Rockgrinder is powered by 6L6 tubes, and Morris Amps has gone to great length to make it sound tighter and more focused than other amps that use 6L6 tubes. You can even use the Rockgrinder for some decent modern rock tones, something other 6L6 amps don't do well.

The 50 watt head version retails for $2,795; the 1x12 and 2x12 are priced at $3,095.

For more info be sure to check out the Morris Amps website: http://www.morrisamps.com/rockgrinder.php

Glen Morris Video Demo of the Rockgrinder

August 9, 2011
Posted in Morris Amps — anthony @ 11:00 pm

Swart Space Tone Atomic Jr

Swart Amps Atomic Space Tone is one of their best selling amps, but it’s a bit too much amp for some people.  The Space Tone Atomic Jr., however, is a smaller, lighter version of this powerful amp.  It’s get plenty of soul and a lot of power, so even though it’s smaller, it’s not any less of an amp than the original ST-6V6se.  The Jr. model contains the heart and soul of the ST-6V6se, but it also features a triode reverb stage that Swart spent over a year working on.  This stage uses a dedicated 12DW7 tube that feeds the signal into a spring tank, creating some major reverb.  In fact, you’d be surprised at just how loud and powerful the reverb from this small amp is.

The Atomic Jr. is a 5 watt Class A amp that uses one 6V6 tube for power.  It has two preamp tubes: a 12AX7 and a 12DW.  It uses an eight inch Weber Signature Ceramic speaker for the sound.  A spring reverb tank in the bottom of the amp provides all the reverb you could ever want.  The amp also features carbon comp resisters, a Switchcraft ¼ inch input and output, CTS potentiometers, and a solid pine cabinet.  It retails for $1,199.

For more info and some sound clips check out the Swart website: http://www.swartamps.com/amplifiers_st-atom.htm

Here's a nice demo of the Atomic JR by Humbucker Guitars

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August 5, 2011
Posted in Swart Amplifiers — anthony @ 6:14 pm

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