The combo includes one of the nicest 12-inch speakers on the market today: a Jensen Tornado 100. The combo's circuit is identical to the head with the same high quality components, handmade pine cabinet and spring reverb.
The 12-inch Jensen Tornado 100 is an extremely well-balanced speaker, with firm bass and chimey treble. We believe this speaker is the best match for our circuit and truly sounds stellar on each of the amp's channels.
Jensen pretty much hit the nail on the head with their description:
The Jensen Jet Tornado has a crystal clear tone, accented with shimmering highs with each note sounding tight and well defined. Even when overdriven the notes remain defined with lots of bite.
We only use the highest quality components from highly regarded brands such as Neutrik, Carling, Omeg, Panasonic, Jensen, Belton, JJ Electronics, and ON Semiconductor. Moreover, our excellent thermal design and layout ensures long component life and high reliability.
Our amps are built to last a lifetime and we truly stand by that statement by including a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Thermionic Valves (aka Vacuum Tubes) are renowned for their soft clipping characteristics and natural overdrive. They have an almost indescribable airiness to their sound which is very hard, impossible even, to replicate with solid state devices or digital technology. Due to the naturally pleasing harmonics generated from overdriven valves, their circuits don't need to roll off nearly as much treble frequencies as in the solid state distortion circuits that you find in pedals. The result is a much more open and less honky sound.
Our unique circuit produces both triode and pentode harmonics as you would find in a traditional all-valve amp with the breakup being very gradual and smooth as you turn up the gain. The gain controls are really mid-boost controls with a very wide, tailored Q so that the tonal balance of your guitar stays even throughout their range. This contrasts sharply to simple gain/volume controls which only sound good in a very restricted range, and either sound too dull below it, or too scooped above it.
As a premium feature, we supply the preamp valve filaments with clean direct current for low noise operation.
Two switchable channels with boost are available for the full range of overdrive tones (except perhaps heavy metal!). The clean channel is voiced to sound big and bold with deep lows and bright but smooth highs. By turning up the clean gain, you can get the valves to begin to break up. And by engaging the boost switch, you get 6 dB of extra gain to get into juicy, sustaining blues territory.
The lead channel has a very balanced sound, retaining the open high-end detail that is often missing from dirt pedals, but never sounding harsh. Again, the boost switch gives an extra 6 dB of gain which at this level of saturation translates into a fatter sound with more singing sustain rather than more volume.
Our custom discrete 50 W Class AB power amp has been designed specifically for guitar. With its beefy, stiff, linear power supply, it provides a wide dynamic range and a snappy attack that's perfect for palm muting and funky comping. Turn it up loud and the notes start to compress courtesy of a very musical integrated compressor. A unique clean clipping circuit ensures it sounds amazingly good even when pushed to the max. At this level it will be more than loud enough for any gig, however loud your drummer may be.
The power amp will clip only on very loud transients but will do so very cleanly without artifacts such as rail sticking. Its instant recovery from clipping events essentially makes them barely noticeable. Anywhere below clipping, no audible distortion is produced by the power amp. In particular, there is no audible ugly crossover distortion that plagues so many Class AB designs. This allows you to transparently hear the pure Class A tone of the valve preamp.
Another big advantage of a clean, transparent power amp like ours, is you essentially have the same tone at any volume, since all the tone comes from the preamp. This makes it very versatile: get the same great sound on stage, in the studio, and even in your bedroom.
Our 2-band EQ is a variant of the active Baxandall topology. It gives a shelving 13 dB boost or cut in the bass and treble bands. There is very little interaction between the controls and the cutoff frequencies have been optimally chosen to sound very natural with guitar.
Active Baxandall EQs are very versatile and midrange shaping is possible with just the Treble and Bass controls. Just turn both Treble and Bass down for a mid hump and turn them both up for a mid scoop!
This is a professional amp for working musicians who will inevitably be gigging in foreign countries. A high quality voltage selector switch on the back panel ensures you can plug in and play wherever you are.
At just 14 kg, this amp weighs less than some pedal boards. And being so easy to carry and transport, you can take your sound with you wherever you go.
There is nothing quite like the sound of a real all-analogue long-tank spring reverb. Our unique reverb drive and recovery circuits are designed to bring the best out of the tank, for lush, shimmering highs and a rich, complex sound.
A serial effects loop is accessible from the back with a switch to set the signal level through the loop to Instrument — i.e. regular guitar signal level — or Line for professional studio effects units.
The effects loop can also be used to run a second amp from the VOD-50 valve preamp. Simply set the level to Instrument and connect a second amp to the Send output, leaving the Return input unplugged. Or, for a wide, spatial effect, put a stereo chorus in the loop and connect a second amp to the second output of the chorus unit.
Included with the amp is a high quality metal two-button foot switch with the highest quality and heaviest duty switches in existence. We've seen too many cheaper switches fail when subjected to a gigging guitarist's regular use. Our foot switch is designed to be reliable and to last forever.
The connection from foot switch to amp is via a standard quarter inch TRS cable which will integrate nicely with external effects/control systems like The Gig Rig's G2, Boss' ES8, Line 6's Helix or the G-SYSTEM by TC Electronic.
Our sturdy dovetail-jointed cabinets are made locally by a highly skilled craftsman. Made out of traditional lightweight solid pine, covered with durable black tolex, and fitted with heavy duty fixtures, these amps are ready for the rigours of the road.
Being handmade in the UK, the combo cabinet can be supplied with your choice of tolex, grill cloth, and hardware. We can even offer an uncovered hardwood cabinet in your choice of wood. Please contact us to inquire about a custom cabinet.
We include a durable and attractive custom polyester dust cover with our amps. Since it covers the air vent on the top of the amp it will stop rain getting onto the circuit board when carrying the amp from your car to the gig. It would be a bummer if that were to happen!