- May 30, 2008
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It's a hand made clone of a low power Twin, made in Melbourne Australia by a mob called Achillies (yes, it's spelled that way: see pic above). It was sitting in a hock shop in minty condition at a reasonable price, so I made an unreasonably low offer and they accepted it. Oops.
It's very nicely made. The cabinet is dovetailed pine. The tweed is very neat. All the electrical gubbins is high quality. I took its pants off and had a look before I bought it, and the guts seem unmolested and original, and very neatly done with high quality caps, switches, wire, resistors, etc. These ship with Jensen P12Rs, but a previous owner replaced them with Celestion Creambacks (65 Watts). In my book, that's an upgrade (although that didn't stop me using the 'non-original' speakers to knock another few hundred $ off it).
I need another amp like I need a hole in the head, but it does thump nicely. Two 12" Celestions, driven by a pair of 6L6s in fixed bias class AB: errrmmmapherkingherd, the BANDWIDTH!! Snap, sting and punch.
I'm not very familiar with this circuit, and this the first Twin I've owned. It's got three 12AY7s for the preamp and cathode follower, and a 12AX7 in phase inverter (which is a cathode biased cathodyne, not the long tailed pair of the Bassman and high power Twin). The power section is 6L6s as I said, but the recto is a PAIR of 5U4s. This power supply is sucking 6 Amps just to get out of bed! I dunno why Fender did this. Maybe they're arranged as a full wave bridge? Time to hunt out the schematic....
Anyway, it's a nice hand made clone. It sounds good. It liked overdrive, fuzz and clean boost, so I can use it. That's all I can say for now. It's a nice toy.