Tone King’s Galaxy Head is full of amazing vintage sound and feel. If it’s that authentic vintage Fender sound you want, this is the head. It has a great amount of warmth, chime, and organic feel. You'd be hard pressed to find an amp with a better sounding reverb and tremolo these days.
The Galaxy Head is fueled by four 6L6GC power tubes. It’s a 60 watt amp with a cathode biased output stage. The preamp runs on four 12AX7 tubes and a 12AT7 tube. The amp has a lead channel with controls for volume and tone and a rhythm channel with bass, treble, and volume controls. The reverb on the Galaxy is tube driven and features a two-spring long pan. The tremolo on the head is a bias-modulation type and can be controlled via footswitch.
The Tone King Galaxy Head weighs 36 pounds and comes in three different color schemes: white and red, white and black, and white and turquoise. It costs $2,595.
Tone King calls their Metropolitan amp the most tuneful, musical, and flexible amp they’ve produced, and that’s no lie. This amp is a versatile little workhorse, doing it all and doing it well. The clean channel on this amp is full, chimey, and quite articulate. It also has great reverb, amazing sustain and tone, and much more. It’s one of Tone King's top products, and if you want an amp that sounds amazing at any volume, has sweet bluesy cleans to hard rockin' classic drive then you're gonna love this amp.
The Metropolitan is built using high quality components in all phases. Every Metro amp is hand built by Mark Bartel, the designer, using custom parts he orders from top quality manufacturers. He didn’t skimp on anything here. The secret to the Metropolitan’s abilities is the Phase-4 power control system. Its output power is adjustable and can range from .01 watts to a full 40 watts. It uses four 6V6GT tubes to provide this. The preamp section features four 12AX7s and a 12AT7, while the rectifier tube is a 5AR4. The speaker is a custom-designed 1x12 inch.
The Metropolitan has a number of different controls on the front, including separate controls for the rhythm and lead channel. Rhythm features an input gain switch, bright switch, volume, bass, and treble controls. Lead includes mid-bite, tone, and volume. The Metropolitan retails for $2,995.
Tone King is one of those little known vintage amp companies that doesn’t go for big name recognition. Instead, they focus on building the best quality amps they can. Each and every piece has to be the best or it’s not going into a Tone King. Every Tone King amp is hand built by Mark Bartel, the designer for the company. He puts his all into each and every amp, so you know you’re getting a true masterpiece that’s going to sound amazing. This means, however, that getting a Tone King amp can take quite some time since the products are not mass produced.
Tone King currently offers two different amps for sale The first is the Imperial. This amp delivers all the great sounds of the 1950s and 1960s, and it looks the part, too. It brings players that slightly spongy feel and raw tone that an amp this old should provide, but it is made with only the finest modern parts. The Imperial is a 20 watt amp that is pretty lightweight. It has two preamp channels, tremolo, and reverb, and it’s a very nice amp for small gigs or practicing at home.
The other Tone King amp is new for 2009, and it’s called the Metropolitan. Tone King describes it as their finest amp ever, and it’s a completely new sound and design for the company. It features a three-dimensional sound, a warm resonance, and a nice midrange chime. The new cabinet design gives it an interesting new look, and the state of the art Phase-4 output power control, a Tone King exclusive, allows you to change the power level from 0.1 watts to the maximum of 40 watts for both the power tube overdrive and the distortion. (more...)
Debuting in 1993, the Tone King Imperial was created to deliver the classic sound of Fender Blackface and Tweed amps, and then bring that sound to a new level.
Mark Bartel, founder of Tone King, makes each amp by hand out of his shop in Baltimore, MD. His commitment to high caliber craftsmanship is evident in all of the woodworking, upholstery, chasis assembly and wiring operations which he does himself. To ensure the signature sound that these amps are known for, Mark chooses to work intimately with American producers to produce custom-made transformers and speakers. (more...)