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Get your one-way ticket to killer tone on the Lil' Night Train!
The VOX Night Train first caught musicians' eyes - and ears - with its ultra-cool mirror finish and serious all-tube sound. Now welcome the Lil' Night Train; at under 5 lb., it carries this same minimalist flair and portability to an all new level! The Lil' Night Train Set comes complete with the V110NT cabinet, offering a 10-inch Celestion VX speaker and a perfect cosmetic match for your Lil' Night Train head.
Light enough to take anywhere, the Lil' Night Train lets you enjoy the traditional yet individualistic VOX aura in any musical situation, without ever leaving your signature tone behind! Rehearsing, recording, at a gig, or practicing quietly at home, the Lil' Night Train's all-tube design offers a diverse range of authentic, all-tube VOX sounds. The exterior features a durable mirror-finished chassis, cut in the familiar VOX diamond pattern. Matched with the dedicated V110NT speaker cabinet, equipped with a custom Celestion VX 10 speaker, the Lil' Night Train Set forms a formidable rig!
All-tube design for uncompromising sound
Compact and powerful, the Lil' Night Train boasts vacuum tubes in both the preamp and power amp stages. The preamp uses two 12AX7 tubes, while the power-amp uses one 12AU7, providing that sense of drive, power, and fatness that's obtainable only from vacuum tubes.
Dual purpose output
The Lil' Night Train provides a headphone/line out jack - a feature surprisingly rare on an all-tube amp. This output contains a cabinet simulator that reproduces the resonance and spatial character of a quality speaker cabinet, so you can enjoy real tube amp sound even during night-time practice sessions or when recording directly from your Night Train.
Two-way tone switch
In order to meet the needs of any style or playing technique, the Lil' Night Train lets you choose from two tonal characters. The Bright mode boosts the high-frequency range for the familiar VOX chime; the Thick mode bypasses the tone circuitry, boosting the gain to create a more full and beefy sound.
High-performance VOX custom speaker cable
Included with the Lil' Night Train is a high-performance VOX custom speaker cable. This premium cable is constructed from thick 16 gauge wire designed for high audio quality, ensuring that the sound of your Lil' Night Train head reaches the speakers with no loss of fidelity.
The perfect pair
The dedicated V110NT speaker cabinet is the perfect companion for the Lil' Night Train head. Packing a ten-inch custom Celestion VX10 speaker, this cabinet delivers a rich, full-bodied tone. The rounded retro-look exterior is a great match for the Lil' Night Train, making it the ideal choice in both sound and design.
All aboard the Lil' NIght Train! Powerful, all-tube VOX tone perfect for the studio. Order now!
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I got one on the cheap and when I had a chance to put it thru its paces its pretty darn good, nails the Brit tone which I love, seems fairly well put together, ive had lots of nice amps, Mesa, Marshall Rivera, so im no fan of the cheap Asian stuff, but for what this is I stand corrected! I might get a larger 1x12 cab just for the fun of it, it does both Strats and LPs justice!
The basics, but less is more!
Seems pretty good, for made in China, but it is VOX QC!
For the little bit of money you pay you get the classic British tone! Great for low watt jam sessions!
For the most part its cool looking but why are you buying it in the first place, looks or usability? Its a one trick pony and a cool looking fuzz box and thats about it!
Has very few features, has a good sound, but its a one trick pony, if you have the money and dont care blast away!
The Chinese have upped there game after all the QC is VOX
Very limted use! It does one thing fairly well.
This little thing looks amazing and also sounds very good! It is very solid in construction from the all metal head to the 1-10 celestion cab. It also has very solid feeling knobs/pots! One thing that I did though, is to replace the power tube with an 12AX7 preamp tube because the amp was humming loudley when I got it, and the replacement tube totally elimenated the hum/noise. It may have been a faulty 12AU7 power tube. I will probably replace all the tubes with a matched set of EH tubes.
Played it fisrt with my HH Custom Tele and this amp chimes and has very articulate note voicing even when chording with the humbuckers on the Tele. Plus in the thick channel I can totally get some very nice contemorary distorted chord work and leads, ala Stone Temple Pilots and even Alice in Chains without any additional effects....ok I am stuck in the old days!! HA! I did hook it up to a 1-12 cab and my Boss ME-70 multi effects unit and it screamed wonderfully. Highly recomended!
With my Strat with Vandt Zant single coil pu's this thing can get a very nice bluesy and throaty
SRV tone. When cleaned up a bit on the gain it does have just enough headroom for some clean jazz runs.
I think this is a very versatile great sounding little low watt amp, and I have had quite a few in my day. It really does sound alive and It will be fun to change out tubes for more variety.....endless possibilities. Solid build and that chimey jangle that I have been looking for.
Oh and if you think the 1-10 celestion cab sounds thin...try turning it around facing away from you for more bass response or even just tilt it downwards...there are so many tonal options with this simple setup just use your imagination!!
I've been chasing tube tone in my tiny apartment for years now. I've tried everything from modelers, to tube pedals, to one-knob Class A amps and could never quite find the sweet spot. I got wind of the Lil Night Train and became very interested in the idea of a 2W, all-tube head with tiny cab. I tried it at my local guitar shop and was instantly sold on it.
It's the perfect little amp for people who cannot crank a 100W stack to get good tone at home. I can set the gain around 9:00 and dime the master volume for sparkly cleans that won't wake the neighbors. Or, I can set the master to 9:00 and dime the gain for some serious distortion for heavy playing. It can get pretty loud for an apartment if you start maxing out the gain and master, but not loud enough to play over a drummer. If you need a ton of clean headroom this is not the amp for you. Having said that, I crank the master in bright mode and keep the gain low and get a nice clean sound that only breaks up when I dig in with the pick.
The 1x10 cab that comes with it is ok, not great. Once it's broken in a bit it warms up and develops more bottom end. It's not going to have the fullness of a 1x12 or even what other 1x10 cabs and combos have, but it's a pretty good cab all told, especially for the price if you get the set. This head into a bigger cab is a monster. I tried it with an Egnater 1x12 and it was loud, full, and biting. I will be upgrading the cab when I get a house.
One last thing. The headphone out is inadequate. Cleans sound good but any gain starts to sound harsh and unusable, even for practice. It used as line-out into a cab sim for recording and will sound good but the headphone out is not implemented well.
I only bought the head, not the speaker, because I have other speakers I prefer. As was stated in past review, the headphone out is very good, better then anything else I know of, and much better then my old Marshall studio 15. I found this little amp also has outstanding tone with some speakers. My favorite speaker I tested with this little amp, is a Elecrovoice 200wat EVM 12L. with the EVM 12L, the clean headroom increased considerably, as well as over all volume and needed bass. I tried Electrovoice Force 10", 10" EVM, and JBL 10" speakers, they worked good, but the EVM 12" was much better overall with more volume and bass. This is a pretty bright amp, but not going "ice pick" even through JBL speakers, the treble end is very controllable with the amps treble knob. A good treble responce is nice with humbuckers, and gain. The amp does not mud out unless you want it to. It has a thick and bright switch, both are usable, with a variety of sounds possible, with the thick setting still fairly bright, controllable with the guitar tome knob, as the thick setting takes out the amps tone controls. The amp has no standby switch, but really does not need one, for extended times of non use, turn the the volume knob all the way down, the amp will cool off, though it only gets slightly warm on the top anyway, I have had the amp on for long periods. Nice box its in, reminds me of really old PA amps, about the size of a vintage 2 slice toaster, and half the height. I am very happy with this little amp. The 15watt version is next on my list.
I have played this one along with a few other tube amps in the same class (Bugera v5, Marshall class 5 and the Vox ac4tv) over the last couple of months.The Bugera is made by Behringer in a chinese factory, the Marshall is officially made in the UK but if you open it up it actually has chinese parts inside (e.g. speaker) and the Lil Nighttrain is made in china as well. It actually does sound o.k., can't say much about how it holds up after a few months of use since I just tested it and didn't buy it. The Marshall would be my #1 choice if it ran at less than 5W as well (1W and 5W would be perfect), I'd just buy a different Celestion speaker. I would have bought the Lil Nighttrain as my #2 choice, if it was made in the UK instead of china (even it was more expensive).Still waiting for my perfect practice amp.Also, be aware of certain reviewers who post the same enthusiastic review with every retailer - makes you wonder what their job is....
After having a chance to play it a few times I could no longer resist and picked one up. I also own the Fender GDEC-30, Bugera V5, VOX AC4, Marshall AVT 20 and a vintage 60's Danelectro DM10 and Magnatone 111 student amp to compare it to. Of the small ?practice amp? crowd I think the Vox Lil? Night Train is one of the best. The headset out emulation is far an way the best of those listed above that have that option. The headset out is very articulate and clear with your pick attack coming right through so that during those late night practice sessions when the others are sleeping you?ll get a pretty close hear of what you?d be playing live through the speaker, that should also mean good things using it as a line out for recording. The speaker cabinet is OK and it would probably make a good recording amp speaker but your not going to be able to gig with it. Hey, it?s a practice amp after all! I didn?t think the speaker cabinet had enough mojo to play live with anyway. My take is that it does the VOX crunch better than the VOX clean but found that it still dished that out pretty well too. It is definitely a little ?distortion pedal? with a speaker. Playing humbuckers it is fun to be able to dial up some really serious tube distortion at levels that don?t blow the doors down. It is not a metal machine, and probably not a jazz or blues box, but as straight forward little classic rock amp going for maximum tube tone with small W?s, she hits the mark amazingly well. It is also has the feel of a nice solid piece of kit.
I've been searching for some time to find the ultimate "Bedroom Amp" and the search is now over. I came across the lil Night Train at a local store and spent some time with her. What struck me was this amp doesn't need to be dimed to obtain great tones and doesn't lose them at lower volumes. I did discover that the amp's cab likes to be on the floor and not in the diplay rack. The treble and bass knobs actually work and the "THICK" switch bypasses them and allows the Gain and volume to work independtly of each other and sounds like and OD pedal was stomped on. You can get great cleans at lower volumes but also get some barking overdrives at lower volumes. Between the volume and tone knobs of the amp and guitar the tonal possibilities are endless. I've owned other tube amps in the 5 watt range and up to 15 and 30 watts but they either require higher volumes to get decent tones or have to be pinned, unlike this little VOX. This ones a keeper!!!