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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New 4 Watt Vox Practice Amp - AC4

I just saw this on HC out of NAMM. There is no way that I can not buy this when it comes out. It is just so cute Perfect for the bedroom.



Vox AC4TV

Kind of glad I didn't drop the money on the AC15 Handwired just yet. I can try this out for the cost of boutique pedal.

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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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.....also available as a head and cabinet. Wow. I wonder what the head will cost? That three way power attenuator looks like a great thing for late night practice or recording. Tone - Volume - Attenuator. Pretty cool.



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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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AC4TV/AC4TVH Specifications:
  • Controls: Tone, Volume, OP Level (4W, 1W, 1/4 W)
  • Valve/Tube Complement: 1 x 12AX7 (pre) / 1 x EL84 (power)
  • Output: 4 Watt RMS 16-Ohm
  • In/Out Jacks: Input, External Speaker Jack (1/4″)
  • Speakers: AC4TV 1 x 10″ 16-Ohm Celestion VX10 custom speaker; V112TV - 1 x 12″ 16-Ohm Celestion VX12 custom speaker
  • AC4TV Dimensions: 13.78″ (W) x 8.46″ (D) x 14.76″ (H); AC4TVH dimensions TBA
  • AC4TV Weight: 19.84 lbs.; AC4TVH weight TBA
  • Power cable included
The VOX AC4TV 4-Watt Class A Tube Amplifier will be available in February 2009 with a U.S. MSRP of $400. AC4TVH and V112TV cabinet pricing and availability are TBA.
So... street price of about $250?

Worth a listen, for sure. I really like the spec sheet, at the least.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Following their pricing on the AC15 Handwired, Here is what I figure.

Combo: $400 MSRP/$300 Street
Head: $315 MSRP/$240 Street

That is just using their past pricing strategy. Either way, we are talking pretty affordable.

I am thinking the combo with a Celestion 10" Greenback. Could be a nice little bedroom rocker with that setup. I don't like that the external out is only 16 ohm. All of my cabs are 8, so I would have to run it with two of them. Nice setup though for practice. PRACTICE?

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Old January 16th, 2009, 02:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Very tempting. Might be an interesting change of pace from my Vibro Champ.

Plus at 16 ohms, it can be paired with Epiphone or Blackheart cab if the Vox cab is too pricey. Of course, the head and cab wouldn't match, but...
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Old January 16th, 2009, 06:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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drool drool drool

If only it was an EF86 preamp.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Smells like PCB .........
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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Smells like PCB .........

Don't care. PTP is great & all, but I've got zero problems with PCB construction. Now, I don't REPAIR AMPS, so I don't need to care. But as far as TONE is concerned, it's irrelevant in my experiences.

And if it does actually street for $300, that's only $100 more than the Champion 600, with a 10" speaker. Plus, like the Champion, it's another amp that looks nice enough to leave sitting around the living room!

If only they would make a special "Heritage" edition DA5... my life would be complete. Seriously cool little amp, SS & 5.5" speaker, but fantastic tones (with EFFECTS) at low low low volumes. The perfect "living room/bedroom practice amp". But it's too ugly in the living room!

PTP is still the coolest, tho!
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Old January 16th, 2009, 08:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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For that price, they will sell a ton, should put the Valve Jr. & Blackheart to shame.

How about this one too?

Vox Night Train



The Night Train's appearance is striking, with a mirrored chrome finish and signature VOX diamond design that reveals the vacuum tube glow. Inside, a pair of EL84 tubes deliver remarkable power, as two 12AX7 tubes drive the preamp stage to provide additional power and clarity, for a harmonically rich tone, from chime-like clean to warm overdrive. A single switch lets users select between Pentode or Triode tube operation. In Pentode mode, Night Train delivers a full 15 Watts. In the Triode mode, the power is cut to 7.5 Watts. The Triode mode also relaxes the tube power stage, letting a smooth, mellow tube character shine through.

The Night Train's front panel controls are clear and simple, offering traditional chicken head pointer knobs for Gain, Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass. The preamp section features a mode switch, offering both Bright and Thick options. The Bright mode accentuates the high-frequency components for a clean, articulate tone; the Thick setting bypasses the tone circuit to boost the gain and create a chunkier, heavier sound. In addition, legendary guitar amp builder Tony Bruno played an integral role in the voicing of this new amp.

$800 MSRP
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Old January 16th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Anybody know where the AC4 is made?

The Made in Korea Pathfinder is of very high build quality for the $.
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I've been wondering when they'd do a reissue of this guy. Too bad it doesn't have a tube rectifier like the original...

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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am SO getting the AC4 and that Vox toaster thingy too! Can't wait!
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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:18 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Here's some real deal pics for amusement





This is around 1.100 euros. A '64 version. Wanna, wanna...
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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Finally, a mini Vox tube amp. Just what the doctor ordered.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 02:29 PM   #15 (permalink)
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too bad the originals had trem.
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too bad the originals had trem.
?? Do you mean "the originals had trem, and that's too bad" or "it's too bad the new ones don't have trem like the originals?" 'Cuz I like what I see (especially the chrome 15W), except I don't see tremolo. I've already decided that my next amp will be a small tube amp with tremolo.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 02:52 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Night Train going head to head with Orange Tiny Terror (always wanted one of those). I wonder where they will be manufactured...Korea, China?
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Wow! A grab-and-go, EL84-powered, scalable VOX tube amp. I want one!
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i am a trem fiend. i want trem on the new one--- HOWEVER a tone control is more usable though.... my 40 dollar tuna melt trem/vib pedal has a rate knob, depth knob and hard or soft switch...... so EFF it...this thing looks sweet........ most hold out for ac30!!!!!
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Old January 16th, 2009, 03:55 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Tone - Volume - Attenuator. Pretty cool.
+1 on that. I like it. Doesn't lack a tone knob, so no mod kit needed, as a Blackheart Killer Ant would need. All I see it lacks is a line out, but that's hardly essential [to me]. Since no mod is needed; who cares if it's got a PC board? It's a bedroom amp for most consumers, I'd think.

Cool idea on this one.
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