If you like tweed Champ tones and tweed Deluxe tones, then this amp fits the bill and sounds wonderful. It can go from basic sweet tweed tone to all out crunch. It's like having a tweed Champ and a tweed Deluxe in one combo amp, driving a 12" Eminence speaker.
The Texas 2-Step™ guitar amplifier incorporates both a single-ended Class A 5F1 5 watt Champ type circuit and a 12 Watt push-pull Class AB 5E3 Deluxe type circuit in one combo amplifier. Gig, practice, and record with one amp that gets those classic tweed tones that define rock and blues music. Some amps have a cathode/fixed bias switching circuit, but the Texas 2-Step™ has two classic amp circuits in one amp. This is accomplished using custom power and output transformers from Magnetic Components of Chicago, the same company that built many of the '50s and '60s tube amp transformers.
We use a no-load type of tone control that takes the tone stack out of the circuit when the control is fully rotated past the detent. Some guitar tone controls use this feature to get a hotter, brighter sound.
Some of those classic tube amps used a Presence control that varied the amount of negative feedback to add in some high-end sparkle. NFB reduces distortion at a slight cost of output level. While the 5F1 Champ used fixed NFB, the 5E3 Deluxe had no NFB. The Texas 2-Step amplifier uses variable NFB in the Voicing control, which also has a fully-rotated detent to completely remove the NFB. The choice is yours - No NFB, or vary the amount to suit your tastes.
In keeping with the tweed Deluxe, it has normal and bright inputs, with separate (interactive) volume controls. With two volume controls, a full-range tone control that can be switched off, a variable negative feedback loop that can be switched off, and two modes of operation - SE or PP, there's a tremendous variability in the tones this amp can produce... Just don't expect black-faced Fender cleans; black-faced cleans are not why we love tweed style amps.
The Texas 2-Step™ electronic components are mounted on a tough turret board, and hand wired with 600 volt 105C rated wire. The lacquered cotton braid is bonded to the PVC insulation, and the wire stays clean looking without the frayed ends normally associated with push-back type of cloth covered wire. You get the vintage wiring look with a modern high temperature wire. Teflon coated MIL-Spec wire is also used.
The cabinet is made of finger jointed pine, and the speaker baffle is 13-ply birch. The standard covering is tweed cloth. The amp also has metal corners all the way around, a feature not found on many combo amps. The grille cloth is vintage type oxblood.
The Texas 2-Step™ Champ style circuit has that natural compression, rich 2nd order harmonics, and buttery overdrive that you expect in a Single Ended output. Flip a switch and you get the crisp, articulate attack, higher headroom, and crunchy overdrive of the 5E3 Deluxe Push-Pull type of circuit.
The Texas 2-Step all tube guitar amplifier, in the Single-ended 6 Watt mode.
The dynamics of this amp allow you to control the amount of clean or crunch by using the guitar controls and your picking attack.
The Blumentritt Amplification Texas 2-Step™ all tube guitar amplifier. $1,550.00. To purchase the Texas 2-Step, please use PayPal, or visit my Etsy store.
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