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This amp was surprisingly a huge flop in the sales department, its failure can be largely traced to the reintroduction of the Marhsall DSL range, as well as the Fender Blues Junior III. What it lacked in sales, it more than makes up in mojo. This is a 15 watt, all tube amp loaded with two 6v6 power tubes, and two 12ax7s preamp tubes. It is equipped with a short reverb tank, and a serial effects loop. The combo comes with a 12" Celestion 70-80 speaker. The best feature of this amp is none of the previous items. It is the wonderful, 3-band Bandexall eq. This eq section allows for complete reshaping of the voice of the amp, going from the warm, bright fatness of a deluxe, to the throaty, karang of a Marshall to the chime of a Vox, this tone stack can do it, or get really close. Also, if the preamp gain is all the way up, cranking the mids and bass adds gain and punch. The amp is also equipped with a dual power switch, going from 7.5 watts, standby, to 15 watts. The 7.5 watt mode is about 25% quieter, but also 5% darker and thinner. I usually use the 15 watt mode all the time. Since there are only two pre-amp tubes, there is not very much pre-amp gain on tap, with a moderate output guitar, one can get slight breakup. As the volume is increased, the pillowy sag and punch of the 6v6s comes into the equation, adding some breakup, and lots of volume. With the mids all the way up as well, it will be fairly well into crunch territory. It has slightly more breakup than a Princeton, but less than an AC15. The reverb is not like a very popular american amp's. It lacks the "splash" and long decay. It is however, more usable than that certain brand's, in most situations. Finally, there is a myriad of speaker output options on the back, allowing for one 4, 8, or 16 ohm cab, or two 8, or 16 ohm cabs. Overall, this amp is perfect platform for pedals, thanks to that eq section; as well as to be turned up and rocked. Its loud and beautiful clean sounds are to die for as well. It looks super 70s retro cool, and it has a compact cabinet to boot. All of this can be yours for under $550 if you can find one. If you find one keep it.