This was a steal for $90 during a special on Music Yo. Great amp for the price, I would highly recommend it. For a 10 watt amp you can't find much better.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Yo
This is a 10 watt amp with an 8" speaker. It has volume, gain, treble, middle, and bass controls (in that order on the front panel). It looks very nice. An added feature is the standby switch, it has come in very handy during practice.
I bought this to replace a cheap amp that came with a strat pak (a Christmas present). Compared to that Squier amp, this amp sounds very clean and has a real nice tone. I have played a Squier strat and an electric acoustic Espanola with it. Both sound great, especially the acoustic. I rarely play at high volumes but when I have it did exhibit background noise. I would attribute that more to the cheap electric guitar than this amp.
Nice tube amp, easy to replace tubes. Very compact. A bit heavy for its size.
I only use it for practice but it seems to be extremely sturdy. It is completely enclosed (except access to the tube). The standby switch will enable a longer life for the tube itself.
I agonized over paying $100 plus for the Tube 10 over anywhere from $60-$80 for similarly featured solid state amps. At this point, I have no negative comments. This amp meets every expectation I had for a small practice amp with the added bonus of GREAT tone! At this price, I'm thinking about buying another one so I have a spare and can play two fiddles without switching cords!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $108.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Yo (Exclusive Distributor)
This amp features 10 watts of output through an 8" speaker. It is manufactured in Korea under license to Gibson/Epiphone. It features volume, gain, treble, middle, and bass controls, as well as power AND standby switches (rare for a small tube amp these days), and red power indicator, not to mention the heavy duty decorative grill work. It also features speaker and preamp out jacks on the back panel. It's heavy, as one would expect with a power transformer and decent speaker, weighing in at 20+ pounds.
I have used it with both a Fender fat Strat and Epi Casino, for blues, classic rock, and a little "miscellaneous." By setting the tone controls at medium, gain at 3-4, and volume at 5-6, I get great clean tones with slight clipping with harder attack. Cranking the gain and leaving the volume alone, I get a nice crunch at a gain setting of 6-7, and some sweet overdrive above that.
What is important here - and I have read other reviews of this amp - is that using it at bedroom levels you get great sound. Crank both the volume and gain, and you get lots of volume, but lots of mud too. I would be very comfortable using this amp mic'd through a PA system for gigging, cuz I can get great big amp sounds out of it, just at low volume.
I bought this as a spare, portable beater amp. Within 5 minutes after plugging it in, I was in love. My effects chain, usually played through my Marshall 50w solid state, sound fabulous through this amp - especially a touch of chorus and echo. Kicking in my Marshal Bluesbreaker overdrive pedal gives me sweet, singing overdrive and sustain!
The second surprise came when I experimented by plugging the preamp out into the effects in on my Marshall. Fantastic is all I can say.
Now I'm not comparing this to the tube Fenders and Marshall. But for a practice amp, I simply don't see how you can beat it for pure, warm, tube tone.
Ease of use is great. Set the volume to a moderage range, then turn up the gain and fiddle with the three-band equalizer controls until you get sweet tone. However, WARNING, METAL HEADS - This amp is not for you. I also love that it has a standby switch - this is a must for getting max life from your tubes.
Tubes are easily reachable and changeable with removal of four screws. Later on, I am thinking about putting some custom tubes in this baby, but for now I'm happy the way it is.
This thing is built like the proverbial tank. The speaker enclosure, interestingly enough, has a closed back to enhance the low frequencies. I haven't looked at the circuitry yet, but all of the reviews I read before purchase were complimentary as to the neatness and integrity of the solder joints. I'd gig with this (through a PA with backup tubes).