New EB by Valvetone Australia

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  1. Telecatasin

    Telecatasin Tele-Meister

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    Here it is, the new EB by Valvetone, so simple, point to point, amazing little amps, 15 or 25 watt. Run these into a nice 2 x 12 blue Celestion cab and what a sound. Their British Invasion which I have not tried yet is suppose to have a bit of Vox DNA chime but still hold their own unique sound.

    15 head is around $675.00 AD , 25 head $775.00 AD
     

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  2. Telecatasin

    Telecatasin Tele-Meister

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    EB British Invasion.

    I now have the EB British Invasion. Beautiful amp and does have a certain Voxy chime to it, sort of Vox meets Fender to my ears, very easy to use and I don't need to fiddle too long with it to get what I need. Has the tone cut like the Vox amps do, uses 2 X EL84 power tubes and 3 AX7 preamp tubes.

    I am running this 15 watt head into a 2 x 12 Blue Celestion cab, sounds fantastic and cuts through the very loud band I play in without any problem.
     

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    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    They look great, I often see them on the local ebay, any chance of posting a vid or hearing one at a gig.
    What's the headroom like on the 25 w?
     
  4. Telecatasin

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    The headroom on the 25 w is massive, similar to the Vox AC30 IMO. I have a Vox AC30 and never use it anymore, just overkill really for me, and if you cant crank them up then the sound becomes thin. I guess in a big room or a gig where you can play very loud they work well, I think that's why allot of players who play the club circuit prefer the AC15. The EB 15 is more than enough for me and our drummer hits pretty hard.

    Where in Australia are you? We work up and down the Mid North Coast, you could come and have a listen, or contact Eric from EB, he may put you onto someone in your area who has one.
     
  5. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    EB amps are Sydney based and Valvetone are Gosford based.?
    I think they are different guys making amps....cool.

    Great to have something locally made.

    I'm Sydney based, in no need for any more amps
     
  6. Telecatasin

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    The story goes, Valvetone Build the EB amps for Eric's Guitar & PA. So same amp with different label. Eric explained all this to me before I brought the amp, they are nice people to deal with and very helpful.
     
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    Ok, that makes sense.
    Explains the Similar looking amps.
     
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    Sorry to rehash an old thread but noticed the small 2 watt valve tone head - the mkIII

    They look amazing. I'm thinking this may give me better home use then my ac4tv.


    Considering its for home use and that it ideally matches to an 8ohm speaker - what kind of cab (size etc) would you recommend for a small output amp like that? Any help or experience from people that own them would be great

    http://www.valvetone.com.au/impact_mk3.html
     
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    Wish I could help but I have no experience with very small wattage like that, I hear they are fantastic for home use.

    I still have my EB 15 British Invasion and loving it, also have a Vox AC30 and a Dr Z but I find myself using the EB more often in smaller venues.
     
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    All good :) going to trial one next week and see how it goes. Thank you
     
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    I got an EB Fullerton 2x10 and it quickly became my favourite amp.

    It sort of splits the difference between a tweed deluxe and a vibrolux. The switch-able gain and mid settings allow for all sorts of old fender-y tones.



    I've used it at every show since I got it six or so months ago. I ran it in stereo with my friends AC15 and it sounded heavenly.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Just got the 15 watt Notre Dame combo with a CRex.
    First amp I've had like this with vintage simplicity married to highly interactive tonal controls. Early princeton vibe but with a bit more headroom.
    Has very respectable headroom - sounds gets big and authoratative - especially if you want to dirty the sound up -but has plenty of depth for the clean stuff too.
    Eric great to deal with - no question.
     
  13. kbold

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    Nice! I have the same amp (25Watts)
    Love the simplicity of this amp.

    I modded mine with a Vox style biasing circuit, which allows me to properly bias both EL34's. Fitted the cabinet with a Lorantz speaker I scored on E-bay.

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    Bias adjustment pots and test points in the side of the amp.

    Currently running the following tubes:

    El34: Valvo (XF3 Mullards) - because they're old Mullards and they glow blue
    Other nice EL34's: NOS Tesla's, Matsushita, Reissue Mullards.

    EL34 differences only come into play when you crank up the Master.


    ECC88: Mullard ECC88 (BVA) - Lush, with nice treble without glassiness.
    Goes into distortion earlier than other tubes.
    Other nice ones: 6922 JAN Philips (Thick, rich overtones) Other USA 6922's are similar.
    National E88CC (Japan) Similar build and sound to the JAN Philips.
    AWV Super Radiotron 6922 Warm, pleasant rich overtones. Nice treble (not glassy).
    Russian tubes I've tried tended to have a flat sound, glassiness, and harsh distortion.

    I find the inverter tube has a much effect on the sound as the input tube.


    12A*7: 12AX7 Mullard Australia - Pleasant rich overtones. nice treble
    Other nice 12A*7's: 12ax7A Philips Clean/neutral, pleasant distortion
    12AX7 AWV Radiotron Pleasant smooth distortion, rich overtones, 3D quality to the
    sound, strong treble without glassiness.
    12AD7 NEC (Japan) Very low noise floor, pleasant distortion, lots of treble without
    glassiness
    12AT7 Telefunken Refusal to distort until gain is fully cranked. Would be a great tube
    for a Hi-fi amp. I use this as a reference when checking the other tubes.
    Other 12AT7's I've tried were clean, neutral and with less distortion (as expected).
     
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