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A beautifully designed combo with 2 seperate channels and extensive tone-shaping features.
The Albion TCT Series TCT35C 35W Tube Guitar Combo Amp has 2 separate switchable channels, both featuring the same controls per channel. Channel A features the EQ circuit before the gain stages, whilst Channel B features the EQ after the gain stages.
Both channels feature the capability of running (depending on control settings) from “clean” through “crunch” to “high gain lead”. But due to the different “voicing” provided by the EQ position (and other voicing elements), both channels have an entirely different spectral response and player’s “feel”.
The player himself can choose which he prefers for his particular style and suitability.
There is no fixed Clean or Lead channel that can be the limiting factor on other makes of multi channel guitar amplifiers. This flexibility sets the Albion TCT guitar amplifiers apart from other brands.
The TCT35C amplifier circuit utilizes a combination of technologies to provide optimum performance required for high class consistent playing night after night.
The preamplifier section uses 3 double triode low noise 7025/12AX7/ECC83 valves (tubes) with high speed relay switching for circuit reconfiguration when channel switching.
The input gain itself is a very special proprietary circuit combining a 12AX7 preamp tube and a unique high voltage FET (field effect transistor). This circuit has many benefits that are not readily available with tube only designs, in that the input stage noise (particularly heater hum) is greatly reduced, first stage microphony is vastly reduced, input stage gain and drive capability is increased allowing it to drive the rest of the preamp better, and lastly it imparts a tonality approaching that of a pentode tube, which is good in its own right! All this means is that the input stage will perform better and more reliably by reducing the things you DON’T want from a tube!
A word about the EQ system used on the Albion TCT range of amps. Although the tone controls are based on the time honoured interactive passive system historically used on most guitar amps, our design is somewhat wider ranging than most others. For instance the MIDDLE control has a much wider range than normal and will give a substantial amount of mid boost as well as mid cut. The result of this opens up a whole new range of sound possibilities that we think you will enjoy. For instance using the mid boost capability gives rise to some very sweet singing sustain – great for blues and fusion.
The preamplifier’s twin channel output is then mixed into the FX loop and digital Reverb system. This section is unashamedly solid state as this section is designed to be as transparent as possible in passing all the valve tone of the preamp to the input of the all tube power amplifier section, whilst handling the duties of efficient real world FX loop connection, digital reverb connection, and noise free seamless channel switching.
The TCT35 power amplifier uses a 12AX7/ECC83 phase splitter and 2 off 6L6 output tubes. The 35 watt output power from this configuration allows the output valves to be run at a hotter class of operation for a smooth and warm tone without losing any of the classic 6L6 sound.
The power amp section can be switched between two feedback networks – open loop & closed loop. Open loop gives a raw, open, vintage style to the sound with lots of player feel and tactile response. Closed loop gives a much tighter modern response to the sound and feel.
The output section can also be run at 33% (approx 12 watts) of its total output power for those situations when flat out really is “too loud”!
The TCT35C combo comes complete with one of our own designed and built Albion G1270C 16ohm 12” loudspeakers.
Satisfy your musical ideas with this well-designed combo. Order today.
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Comments about Albion Amplification TCT Series TCT35C 35W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:
I am a guitarist of nearly 2 decades and have played so many different guitars and amplifiers in my day, but make no mistake about it... This was the best purchase I have ever made. Ever. I own Paul Reed Smith and Taylor guitars, I have owned Fenders and Gibsons, and I've owned Fender, Peavy, Marshall, and Vox amps. This amp is the best of them all and it's certainly the best purchase I've ever made for the money.
The sound is epic. I play in a cover band in addition to my original band and my cover band plays everything from Blues jams to Jazz standards to Top 40 Chart hits and back again. This amp is capable of suiting every genre I can think of. The clean channel is crisp and warm, the overdrive channel is clear and powerful, and the reverb sounds totally natural and sounds even better than my reverb pedal.
The control panel is remarkably easy to use. I can use this amp for either my electric or my acoustic and it sounds amazing either way. The electronics and circuitry are fantastic and I've never blown a tube on this amp.
All in all, I clearly give it the highest recommendation. I use this amp for everything from a 50 person bar gig to a 2000 person house. And honestly, I bet it could even be used on its own in a stadium if you mic it properly. The sound is so rich and pure. Rock musicians everywhere should want to own this amp if you are looking for a combo tube amp. Best money I've ever spent on a piece of guitar gear, by far.
Comments about Albion Amplification TCT Series TCT35C 35W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:
Talking about voicing, I get it with this amp. The ability to really change the way the amp sounds, like from a Brittish tone, to an American Power tone. The only dissapointment I had was the amount of distortion wasnt enough for metal... BUT I have a fat strat with 9's... So there you go. Maybe some hotter pickup in the bridge and heavier guage strings would help me out a little. Every guitar will sound different, so if you hear a review that it wont do this or that, it is probably because of other things.
Bottom line, I think this amp will keep me happy for a long time. I love the powerful clean channel(which can be driven into heavy distortion also... I compare it to any of the Fender amps out there with thier beautiful clean channels. The other channel is great also. Not sure if its like a Mesa or a Marshall because I've never owned one. I just kow it sounds good. I hope to play this for many years.
In the world of Tube amps, you could consider this thing loaded.Common - 2 seperate channelsBeautiful Digital Reverb - Sounds better than the springs.Common - Seperate EQ for each channelFeedback controlEdge controlIt has a parellel Speaker out jack so you can run a 16 Ohm cab along with the current speaker.Large magnet custom designed speaker.Effects loop that can be switched in and out via switch in the back.Effects loop level - Allows you to change the amount the effects are mixed in to the signalOh yeah, not to mention it is 35 watts of tube power. The 6L6 tubes are huge compared to the EL84's seen in a lot of the 15 watt amps. They glow nicely, so this thing defintely has the punch to drive that low end.
Quality seems good. If I was going to take this amp on the road, I would get an amp cover or case. The outside black tolex looking covering looks a little soft, so thats the only thing Ive seen. Pretty common with a lot of amps. They need TLC when on the road. Who wants to throw around thier stuff anyways.
The value of this amp. Im comparing to my previous amps like the Fender Blues Jr, Hot Rod Delux and most recently the Vox AC15. I feel that we are getting a lot of amp here for a reasonable price. 35 Watts and a load of features. I got a little bored sometimes with those classic amps I had in the past due to the voicing always being the same.
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