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> Seems Like The New Trend Is Bigger Amps, and some neat news
post Jan 21 2011, 01:26 PM
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After amp manufacturers have introduced is to low watt amps is now seem like they are bringing it up a notch to give us these small amps we know, in a bigger format.

The Mesa Boogie Transatlantic comes in a 30 watt and a 100 watt version.

Marshall are still working to establish their 5 watt amp with a new head, same as the combo. Though there’s a new combo as well for -11 with some new features.
But considering others have been introducing small amps years and now are sizing them up just proves Marshall is a few years behind that concept.
However they are in the lead of introducing a power scale. I’ve read up on this and appearantly it’s what London Power had in the market since long ago. Which to me is a better horse to bet on compared with resizing heads.

Orange still has their success with Tiny Terror but scales up the TH30 to a 100 watt head with options to go for lower output.

Vox’s small Night Train comes in a 50 watt head.

EVH has his 5150 downsized to what they call 5150 III micro head. Skipping the step with a low watt amp.

A couple of other trends are to simplify Bias, self bias, and to add a tube fail indicator. Marshall even added an option to fine tune the bias between a range of mV on the AFD head. (and YJM)
What more is coming is DIVO from Orange that will handle tubes completely, no need for matched sets and tubes can be of different sort mixed.
Even Bugera introduces a system for this.

So the conclusion for selecting your next new amp would be a 100 watter (which has a more powerful transformer), with power scaling, Tube system for self biasing - failure control and tube mix option.
An option to play through head phones and line it to a mixer would also be a neat addition.

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