Carlsbro Shows Classic Tube and New VAC Amp Series Amps at Frankfurt | Guitar Interactive Magazine

Published 12 years ago on March 22, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

The revival of the classic British Carlsbro guitar amplifiermarque continues apace at Frankfurt, with the company exhibitingthe full line up of its classic re-engineered heritage tone ampsand the first European showing of the exciting new VAC tubeseries.

Carlsbro is among the most famous names in British guitaramplification and has been designing and manufacturing guitar tubeamps since 1959, selling its early models to Jim Marshall's DenmarkStreet guitar store in London. The famous 50 Top and TC seriesrevives the Carlsbro tube heritage with uncompromising buildquality, hand selected components and authentic vintage tonethroughout. The 50 Top head and 4 x 12 cab are available in classicred and black liveries, while the TC series comprises three classiccombos and a 15 watt head and 1x12 stack.

The re-issued 50 Top is the classic Carlsbro tube head and cabof the 60s and 70s revamped and re-engineered to even higherstandards. The new twin channel amp head has switchable (andfootswitacble) channels and two master volumes. The valvecomplement of 4x 12AXT's and 2x EL84's give 50 watts of incrediblepower at 8! or 16!'s. The preamp has a host of features includingHi and Low sensitivity inputs, 3 band EQ, using Silvered MicaCapacitors, and 'Sleep Mode' automatic muting with no inputpresent.

For the TC series Carlsbro's British engineering team hascarefully selected and pre tested all valves prior to installation;only valves with a very high gain have been chosen to deliver theauthentic Carlsbro vintage tone. Selected Celestion drivers havebeen used throughout, housed in high quality plywood cabinets. Newto the range is the TC5, Carlsbro's first 5 watt, single channelcombo for over 32 years. The TC5 specs include a clean channel withhi / lo sensitivity inputs, tone and volume controls. The TC30 isderived directly from the highly successful TC60, delivering thesame classic tone and features in a smaller 30 watt amp. Clean andOverdrive channels feature Gain / Overdrive, tone and levelcontrols, and 2-band EQ, with Gain Boost in the Overdrive channel.The TC15H / TC112 stack features a head and cab both respected intheir own right, which together make a perfect combination. The 15watt head features twin 12AX7 and 6V6S valves and Clean andOverdrive (with Gain Boost) channels. The single 12 inch CelestionG12M loaded cab delivers all the punch and classic vintagetone.

The all new VAC series comprises the VAC 15, VAC 30 and VAC 60combos, and the VAC 100H head and matched VAC 412 4x12 cab. Theseries was designed in response to requests from the company'sinternational distributors for a high performance affordablebackline amp range. All amps feature spring reverb.

Commenting on the development of the VAC Series, InternationalSales Director Andrew Bishop stated: "Carlsbro has a long traditionof working closely with its distributors and retailers indeveloping product for which there is clear market demand. Theseamplifiers are the latest example of that relationship, specifiedto offer an entry level product of exceptional quality andperformance, such that they will be valued for their sound andbuild, even by very experienced players. The VAC Series will bevery hard to beat in terms of bang for your buck."


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