Rift Amplification - Hawker

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edited August 2018 in Made in the UK tFB Trader
This one has been in the pipeline for a while now, the first in my new line of original design amplifiers - each with the aim of capturing something different than what Rift has done in the past.

The Hawker is a 30w 1x12" combo that explores the sonic heritage of old British valve amplifiers that aren't Plexi, such as those from Vox, Selmer, and Watkins. I've always found the idea of men in lab coats tinkering with big-bottle audio circuits quite cool, and the Hawker is a little tribute to those guys who forged ahead with British valve amplification despite the increasing popularity of Fender stuff being imported. There's a definite 'British' tone that those amps all have in common which is very addictive and something I absolutely wanted to capture without the common downsides of low power, too much compression, and questionable clarity.

It's got a pair of cathode-biased KT66s with two power modes, 30w and 8w. A true-bypass buffered series FX loop with level control, a full TMB+Presence tonestack, and a very interactive Gain/Master volume control setup.

The Guitar Magazine review of the Hawker can be found online here - https://www.theguitarmagazine.com/gear/amplifiers/rift-amplification-hawker/

...and they've also filmed a demo video that can be seen here -









*I no longer offer replacement speaker baffles*
Rift Amplification
Handwired Guitar Amplifiers
Brackley, Northamptonshire
www.riftamps.co.uk

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  • chrisvchrisv Frets: 440
    Congratulations, Chris. It really is an excellent amp. 
    Chief Editor, Guitar Magazine | Guitar.com | www.facebook.com/guitar | www.youtube.com/theguitarmagazine
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 5571
    That looks brilliant. You must be proud!
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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 6816
    That looks - and sounds - utterly fantastic.
    Inactivist Lefty Lawyer
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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 1629
    Nice. Well done Chris
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 2569
    Looks stunning. Nice review.
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  • markr76markr76 Frets: 202
    I've played this amp and it is fantastic. It sounds stunning in the flesh.
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  • bodhibodhi Frets: 1253
    Blimey.
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  • RiftAmpsRiftAmps Frets: 2221
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    Thanks to everyone for your kind words, I'm ecstatic with this amplifier and the response so far has been fantastic. Cheers!
    *I no longer offer replacement speaker baffles*
    Rift Amplification
    Handwired Guitar Amplifiers
    Brackley, Northamptonshire
    www.riftamps.co.uk

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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 5505
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    Yeah this is bloody awesome.... massive congrats Chris 
    Adrian Thorpe MBE | Owner of ThorpyFx Ltd | Email: thorpy@thorpyfx.com | Twitter: @ThorpyFx | Facebook: ThorpyFx Ltd | Website: www.thorpyfx.com
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  • LebarqueLebarque Frets: 2244
    Well done, mate. Great stuff.
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 3705
    First amp in a while where I’ve thought bloody hell that sounds good!! @chrisv stellar playing dude... @RiftAmps stellar amp dude.  :)
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  • chrisvchrisv Frets: 440
    Thanks @tone1 :-)
    Chief Editor, Guitar Magazine | Guitar.com | www.facebook.com/guitar | www.youtube.com/theguitarmagazine
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  • ZoolooterZoolooter Frets: 707
    Jeeez, that's nice, just listened to the demo. Must sound stunning in the flesh. Especially like the circular cutout for the logo plate. Love it, want it, price?
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  • Modulus_AmpsModulus_Amps Frets: 1895
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    This came out great, Well done! hope you sell thousands!
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  • RiftAmpsRiftAmps Frets: 2221
    edited August 2018 tFB Trader
    Lebarque said:
    Well done, mate. Great stuff.
    Cheers man, this is the inferno btw


    tone1 said:
    First amp in a while where I’ve thought bloody hell that sounds good!! @chrisv stellar playing dude... @RiftAmps stellar amp dude. 
    Thanks!

    Zoolooter said:
    Jeeez, that's nice, just listened to the demo. Must sound stunning in the flesh. Especially like the circular cutout for the logo plate. Love it, want it, price?
    Yeah, I'm a big fan of it also, really sets it off. Price is £2299 shipped.


    This came out great, Well done! hope you sell thousands!
    I bet you do Anyway, you're in for a big payday now that Barry is taking a sabbatical!
    *I no longer offer replacement speaker baffles*
    Rift Amplification
    Handwired Guitar Amplifiers
    Brackley, Northamptonshire
    www.riftamps.co.uk

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  • TateFXTateFX Frets: 113
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    Looks and sounds great dude :) 
    Formerly Stu_Tate
    Tate FX
    www.TateFX.co.uk
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  • RiftAmpsRiftAmps Frets: 2221
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    Stu_tate said:
    Looks and sounds great dude :) 
    Cheers Tate!
    *I no longer offer replacement speaker baffles*
    Rift Amplification
    Handwired Guitar Amplifiers
    Brackley, Northamptonshire
    www.riftamps.co.uk

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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 1629
    I'd love to hear one in person. I've grown to not believe YouTube videos anymore due to computer speakers etc. Looks great though and on paper looks great. Any shows coming up ?
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • Gonna have to pay a visit to Rift's workshop and try this baby out. It could be what I'm looking for. Something different from my main gigging amp now :) Where's my phone to arrange a visit :)
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • Has anyone here ordered one yet ?
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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