Thursday, September 16, 2010

The VHT Special 6 for Amped Harmonica

VHT Special 6 Amp

I’ve been slacking on blogging and in an effort to be more involved with harp players online, I am going to focus on my journey with the VHT Special 6 amp for harmonica.  I will outline as many details on the amp as possible in subsequent posts.  The amp rocks stock and I've found just about any info worth anything on the amp and will share that as well.

I ordered this amp from Rich’s Music Exchange in NY for $189 last week.  As far as I know, I am the first harmonica player to order/use one and talk about it online.  For comparisons sake, I've played and/or owned many small amps...

Vibro Champ
Epiphone Valve Jr
Super Champ XD
Pro Jr.

The VHT is my favorite!!!

The amp came in this past Monday.  Sonically, it is like a Blackface Champ on steroids!  I would recommend this amp to any and all harp players as a WONDERFUL point-to-point wired small tube amp.  I apologize for not having recordings already – I don’t have the gear as of now.  Below are details about the amp.

From the VHT Website:

Special 6 Combo

Boutique amp players will love the Special 6’s combination of handwired tube goodness, unique features and unparalleled value.  The mod-friendly Special 6 is easy to customize for home amp builders and tube amp enthusiasts.

The Special 6 gets its powerful tube sound from one 12AX7 preamp tube and one 6V6 output tube.  It boasts a footswitchable Gain Boost feature that significantly expands its range of tones -- it's the only amp in its class that excels at both clean and overdriven tones, and it's the only amp in its class to offer a footswitchable boost.  With the Gain Boost, players can instantly toggle between clean rhythm tones and overdriven leads, essentially duplicating the footswitchable functions of a 2-channel amp in an all-tube, handwired, simple, 2-knob package.

To further expand its range of tones, the Special 6 also features a High/Low power switch that enhances low-volume tones with extra-smooth richness (when in half-power mode). It's a great feature for recording, or for low-volume "bedroom" players.  In high-power mode, it's one of the few amps in its class that is loud enough to compete with a strong drummer.  The Special 6 combo is outfitted with a special high sensitivity 10" VHT Special Design speaker.

    * 6 Watts
    * One 6V6 Output Tube
    * One 12AX7 Preamp Tube
    * Volume and Tone Controls
    * Footswitchable Boost Mode
    * High/Low Power Switch
    * 10” VHT High-Sensitivity Speaker
    * 4, 8, and 16 Ohm Speaker Jacks
    * Mod-Friendly Eyelet-Type Board
    * Hand-wired In China

Model: AV-SP1-6

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