Nolatone Amps Chimey Limey CL-15

Nolatone Amps may not have a huge variety of different models, but the ones they do have are pretty solid.  The Chimey Limey comes in two variations, the CL-15 and the CL-30.  The CL-15 is a powerful yet small amp that can really serves up that British sound.  The CL amps were designed to reproduce the chime and grind of vintage 60’s British amps. Style-wise the CL-15 recreates the look of the Watkins Dominator amp from the 50s, so if you dig that retro style you're going to be pleased.

What sets the CL-15 apart from other, similar amps?  For one, Nolatone’s uses a unique wiring technique in it's 12AX7 tube so that it provides the gain and dynamics of an EF86 tube without any of the microphonic issues or unreliability that EF86's are notorious for.  It also has a six-position tone control, a cut control, volume, and a boost controlled by footswitch.

Under that classic looking cabinet are two EL84 power tubes, a 12AX7 preamp and 12AX7 phase inverter, and an EZ81 rectifier tube.  The CL-15 comes as a 1x12 combo with a 15 watt Alnico speaker, although you can ask for other speakers, like a Celestion G12.  You can select 4, 8, or 16 ohms for your speaker output.  The CL-15 usually retails for around $1999.

For more info be sure to check out the Nolatone website: http://www.nolatone.com/cl15.html

Here are a couple demo videos of Nolatone Amps Chimey Limey CL-15

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September 28, 2011
Posted in Nolatone Ampworks — anthony @ 8:03 pm

Divided by 13 Amps EDT 13/29

Divided by 13 Amps EDT 13 29Divided by 13 Amps created the EDT 13/29 after someone asked for a version of the SJT 10/20 that had more clean headroom while still being able to get aggressive.  The amp handles jazz and blues really well, and it’s great for gigs of all sizes.  Now this is not your best choice for a practice amp at home, but it’s an ace once it’s up on stage.

The EDT 13/29 can operate at either 29 watts or 13, depending on your preference.  It has three controls on the front: two switches are for dampening and reverb, while the third control changes the EDT from Class AB to Class A, which also adjusts the wattage.  Under the hood, the EDT 13/29 starts off looking similar to the SJT 10/20.  That’s because Divided by 13 used that amp as their starting point for this one. The KT66 tubes give this amp a nice amount of clean sound along with making the high end a little glassier.  It also uses three 12AX7s, an 12AT7, and a GZ34 rectifier tube.

The amp only has one preamp channel, but it has seven valves to give it a lot of power and sound.  Overall, this amp is something of a merger between an early Fender design and a vintage Marshall amp.  It’s got an edge to it, but it’s also a very solid, clean amp when it needs to be.  It looks great, is reliable, and can handle just about anything you throw at it.  The amp retails for around $3,900.  It’s not cheap, but it is good.

For more info be sure to check out the Divided by 13 website: http://www.dividedby13.com/edt1329.html

Here's a demo of the EDT 13/29 by Divided by 13

September 7, 2011
Posted in Divided By 13 — anthony @ 9:41 pm

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