FS: Vintage Sound Amps – Blonde Vintage 15 (Princeton Style)

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edited April 23 in Amps £
After much deliberation, I've decided to sell my incredible VS Vintage 15. I may well end up regretting the decision. Very lush sounding Black panel AA1164 based amp. Although this is more versatile, live playing looks to be curtailed for a while longer and I don’t get too many opportunities to play this at volume in my small flat so going to settle with my champ for the time being.

Purchased new from Vintage Sound. Not too common over this side of the pond – I think these are only stocked by Haar, and Proguitar.de in Europe but VS amps are used by the likes of Brent Mason…

It's a hand-wired amp using top quality filter caps and electrolytics, carbon comp resistors, Orange Drop tone caps, solid core push back wire, and custom US Heyboer transformers.  Rick also added grid and screen resistors (as seen in the Black Face AB763 circuitry). This gives the transformer more protection in case a tube fails catastrophically.

Specs: Blonde w/ Beige/brown/gold grill cloth, cream barrel head knobs, and a lush thick brown leather handle
Pilot Light Jewel: Whitish - looks blue in pictures (also have amber if preferred)
Cabinet Material: Dove-tail jointed solid pine w/Baltic Birch Plywood baffle and back panels

Controls: Volume (w/push pull bright switch), Treble, Middle, Bass. Reverb, Speed, Intensity, Dwell – (every amp with reverb should have this! on the rear of the chassis for varying the decay time.). External Bias Points have been added so it’s a doddle to bias the amp at home when you swap/change the power tubes.

Effects: Large Pan, Tube Driven Spring Reverb, Tube Bias Vibrato (The reverb circuit upgraded - the Vintage 15 uses a large 17" spring reverb pan that's the same size as the one used in the Twin Reverb!).

Speaker: WGS G12 C/S - based on the popular G12C, but with a smooth cone, felt dust cap. (WGS take on Jensen C12n but with smoother top end, more touch sensitivity, and an overall warmer tone. The Princeton Reverb circuit can be quite sharp and trebly, particularly when distorted. The G12C/S addresses this well with a more rounded top end.)

Some folk find the WGS G12 C/S a bit dark. I find this is only the case at low volume – as such the bright switch takes care of this at low volume, or if using humbuckers. The G12 C/S works great with pedals, and really comes into it’s own at volume.

Power Tubes: (2) 6V6 Matched pair
Preamp Tubes: (3) 12AX7, (1) 12AT7 (all upgraded to TAD premium selected preamp tubes)
 Rectifier: 5AR4 Rectifier Tube. Can be swapped for a 5Y3 to change sound and feel and drop the amp down closer to 12 watts.
UK Voltage and plug fitted by Rick Hayes.
VSA Custom Padded Cover and 2 button footswitch.
Combo Dimensions: 17" H x 19 7/8" W x 9 1/2" D  (32 lb)

Grill badge attached by two Philips head screws – so easy to have in position, or remove as wished.

Excellent condition – smoke/pet free home.

I really would prefer COVID safe collection to eliminate any potential issues/tubes getting damaged from shipping or drops, but if it's a deal breaker we can work something out as I do have the original packaging.

 £1400. ono

Drop me a pm if you have any questions/ want further info. Cheers!

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