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The UpperClassman 5 Watt All-Tube Lunchbox-style Guitar Amp Head.
The ConnMann all-tube, all recycled material, 30Watt guitar amp head. All-American Tone!
SoaringTortoise Ten Inch Speaker Cabinet
SoaringTortoise Royal Fisher 8 Eight inch Speaker Extension Cabinet.
The Kapellmeister VTBP 35 Watt tube Guitar Amplifier Head
Vintage Lloyd's All Tube Table Radio with Electric Guitar Input by SoaringTortoise.
The SoaringTortoise Jr. College 5-Watt All Tube Guitar Amp w/ Storage.
Vintage 1966 Sears Silvertone 1481 Tube Amp.
The Admiral Webster 2-Channel, 10 Watt Guitar Amp Head.
UHF TV-1 Tube Amp Head
The Solitaire 4-Watt All Tube Guitar Amplifier
The SoaringTortoise Solitaire 4-watt, all tube, electric guitar amp was designed to channel all manner of musical style and genre for your intimate, solitary, soul searching practice sessions. Be it in your parlor, boudoir, study, swanky high dollar studio, or greasy old garage the Solitaire will fine tune your musical broadcasting abilities with great tone at lower volumes…where your friends can’t hear you and make fun of you. To view and hear a video demo of the SoaringTortoise Solitaire visit: http://youtu.be/ldOHFj7kADg
The Solitaire was originally a circa 1960 Montgomery Ward Airline branded AM-FM table top tube radio. It spent its last few serviceable years, until quite recently, serving duty as a radio in a greasy old garage just like the one mentioned above. The radio has been since gutted of its innards (fun fact: It takes about 3-4 times the amount of tubes and parts to make the radio circuit in a tube radio like this as it does the audio amplifier circuit) and rebuilt in the manner of a circa 1960 Montgomery Ward Airline tube guitar amplifier model 8502. We were able to salvage and reuse the radio’s original transformers, chassis, tube sockets, volume and tone controls, control knobs, and brown Bakelite based Rad-Tel 6V6 power tube, as well as a few resistors and a mica capacitor. The rest of the amp was rebuilt with better cared for vintage components compared to what was found in the original.
The Solitaire features a vintage 6 inch Jensen Concert Series DP Alnico 5 speaker which was manufactured in 1960. The speaker is in near mint physical and working condition having been recently removed from a well-kept Allen organ. The amp also features a speaker output jack on the back which can be used with any 4-8 ohm speaker cabinet. When the speaker output jack is in use the internal speaker is disconnected.
The Solitaires’ tube compliment consists of the aforementioned 6V6 power tube, a 6AU6 pentode preamp tube, and a 6X5GT rectifier tube. The amp includes an NOS Sylvania 6AU6 preamp tube and a spare older, used and unmarked, 6AU6 which offers a slightly different tone than the NOS unit. The spare tube can be kept in the amp, in an unused and disconnected tube socket, which was left installed for just this purpose.
The amp has a single input, a volume control which also functions as the power switch, and a tone control. The original tuner dial is still intact and functional to the extent of still being able to move when the tuner knob is turned. The amp will not pick up any radio stations unless you have a lot of old pedals plugged in front of it and you are lucky. The original control graphics are still present on the radio but are quite small and hard to read even, I am guessing, when the radio was new.
Other than cleaning the grime and dirt off of the case and chassis and repairing the original Masonite back panel the radio/amp is unrestored displaying all of its fifty plus years of use, abuse, wit, and wisdom. Including two very noticeable holes bored through the wood case near the back edge of the top panel .
Buy the Solitaire, take it to your woodshed, and don’t come out until you’re ready.Price: $279.99 SOLD free shipping in the U.S. Lower 48. Actual shipping cost elsewhere.
Art Deco 10" Speaker Extension Cabinet
The SoaringTortoise Art Deco 10 inch Extension Speaker Cabinet was originally a Jensen Dynamic Speaker enclosure of undetermined age. It has been repurposed in our SoaringTortoise Custom Shop as a ten inch speaker extension cab for electric guitar. We are offering this speaker cab with the option of being loaded with either a vintage 1972 Fender labeled, brown/bronze frame, 8 ohm, 10” speaker or, as a premium option, a vintage 1957 Jensen blue frame P10Q Concert which is also an 8 ohm, 10 inch speaker. You can view a video demo of the cabinet loaded with the CTS speaker at: http://youtu.be/ql7ass_R8Q4 or the Jensen speaker at: http://youtu.be/yRa8yVh0tWY . The speakers in the demos are being driven by an approx. 3 watt tube amp with 6V6 power tube and pentode preamp. We were careful to keep the amp settings, mic placement, and guitar the same for both videos.
The speaker box came to us empty and the fancy deco front panel was badly damaged. We restored the wooden front panel as best a bunch of solder monkeys can and installed a new ½” plywood baffle board made from the baffle board of a late sixties/early seventies Admiral console stereo. When we received the speaker cabinet it had no front grill cloth but did have the original cloth on the back panel. We foolishly removed the cloth from the back panel and installed it in the front panel of the speaker cab. We then, even more foolishly, replaced the back panel grill cloth with some spacy dark blue sparkly material. The extension cab has a standard ¼” speaker jack mounted behind the back panel. Please note that only straight, standard barrel sized, ¼” speaker plugs will work with this cabinet when the back is installed. Right angle plugs or plugs with oversized barrels will not work in this cabinet unless the back panel is removed.
The cabinet measures approx. 14” wide x 13 1/8” tall x 11” deep ( these are exterior dimensions. The interior of the cabinet is about 9 1/2” deep.)
TV-TV 2-Channel, 14 Watt, Tube Amp Head
The SoaringTortoise TV-TV 2 Channel, 14 watt, tube amp head was originally a Heathkit EA-3 Mono Hi-Fi amplifier. After receiving extensive modifications at SoaringTortoise laboratories the amp has emerged as the TV-TV 2-channel guitar amplifier. You can view a couple video demos of the TV-TV at: http://youtu.be/XtY9HgfdDXk and http://youtu.be/p07JhwKEyyo .
The TV-TV is a 14 watt all tube amp powered by two EL84/6BQ5 power tubes with a 6CA4 rectifier. The amp features two channels, each with their own input, and a third, central, input which allows the guitar to be played through both channels at once. Additionally, each channel has a pre-input send jack (the two outside jacks) which can be used when the guitar is plugged into the central input. This allows you to use separate effects for each channel by patching cords between the send jack and effect input and the effect output and channel input jack.
Channel A, on the left side of the amp as you face the control panel, is patterned after Fender’s early 1960’s G-series amplifier preamp topology and uses a 12AX7 twin triode with controls for Tone and Volume.
Channel B, on the right, was inspired by the highly underappreciated Kay 720 bass amp preamp topology featuring a 6AU6 pentode with a three position treble roll-off Tone switch( in place of the Kay 720’s standard tone control) and a Volume control.
A 6AN8 pentode/triode tube takes care of the driver and phase inverter duties
The amplifier also features speaker output jacks for 4, 8, and 16 ohm speaker loads.
All this adds up to one very versatile electric guitar amplifier.
The front panel artwork entitled "Eve Arriving Fashionably Late With Her SG" was assembled by the famously unknown artiste El Puerco
The tubes used in the TV-TV are original to the Hi- Fi amp and include some sweet vintage Mullard EL84 power tubes and 6CA4 rectifier and a Mullard 12AX7 in the A channel. As awesome as vintage British Mullard tubes are one wonders why vintage English sports cars always appear to be wired by a monkey with minimal training. $499.99 plus actual shipping. SOLD
Woody Drive 18
The SoaringTortoise Electronics Woody Drive 18 is an eighteen watt tube amplifier head made from recycled materials. The Woody drive 18 is based on the Marshall 18 watt tube amps manufactured in the 1960s and uses two 7189 (mil –spec EL84/6BQ5) power tubes, two 12AX7 preamp tubes and a 6CA4 rectifier tube. The amp is made to operate with 8 Ohm speaker cabs. To hear a video demo of the Woody Drive go to: http://youtu.be/bGHz9QGFdRg
In the video the amp is being played through one of the 12” Celestion G12T speakers mounted in the open back Marshal Bi-Chorus 200 amp on which the Woody Drive 18 is sitting. Connected between the speaker and the amp is a Tom Scholz Power Soak speaker attenuator. The attenuator was used to keep the volume of the hi gain input from distorting the cheap digital recording equipment. If you don’t want to hear me yacking about these facts on the video skip ahead to around 2:00 where the playing starts.
The amp features inputs for Hi and Lo Gain and controls for Volume and Tone. The low gain input stays pretty clean until you get to the top 1/3 of its range where it starts to break up nicely. The high gain input starts off where the low gain input stops in both gain and volume. The hi gain input is a rocker’s delight and smokes for lead playing and crunch rhythms depending on how you set guitar’s volume. The perceived volume boost the hi gain input exhibits over the lo gain input makes it sound almost like it doubles in volume.
The amp’s chassis, transformers, and tube sockets originally came from a vintage Gregory Mark XXX bass amplifier which I bought at the Michigan Guitar Show in the late 1990s. After using it in its original form for a few years I opened it up one day to discover that every piece of wire inside the amp, including heater wires, was solid core 22 gauge. The wire for the tube heaters had been working so hard that the plastic insulation was melting and drooping down. It looked like some kind Salvador Dali amplifier painting. If you are reading this, and own a Gregory tube amp, you may want to look inside to see how your wire is fairing. I removed all of this wire from inside the chassis, as well as all of the electrical components. I did, however, use some of the old 22 gauge wire to stitch the leather handle together with. After gutting the chassis of its wire and parts I rebuilt it in the style of a 1960s Marshall 18 watt tube amp with used components. I used 18 gauge wire and all the electrical components where thoroughly inspected and measured to insure good, durable, parts where used. I did make one sacrifice to my all recycled parts ethic and used an NOS multi-capacitor can and one other fairly new large value, high voltage, cap in the amps AC filter section. The tubes are an assortment of used/vintage including a matched set of Westinghouse branded 7189 power tubes, a Magnavox branded 12AX7 and a General Electric 12AX7 both with long grey plates. The rectifier tube is a Hitachi branded 6CA4. The amp has a three prong grounded power cord.
The amplifier case is made from roughhewn wood from 1/8” to ¼” thick which has been veneered to ¼” plywood and it measures 19 ¼” x 8 1/8” x 7” tall.
The Woody Drive 18’s rough, raw exterior mimics the amps raw tube tone. When you fire up the hi gain input folks will have a hard believing it is coming out of this thing that looks like their Grandpa’s tool box. This amp is guaranteed to rock. Price:SOLD Free Shipping in the Lower 48 States. Actual Shipping elsewhere.