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.
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