At NAMM 2012 Ampeg introduced their second micro stack to the public – the Ampeg Micro-CL.
The company’s first foray into this market segment came in the guise of the very successful Micro-VR (currently still available), which is a 200 Watt miniature version of Ampeg’s classic 1970s SVT. The brand-new Micro-CL takes its starting point from the Eighties version of the venerable Ampeg bass stack (the SVT-CL), offering 100 Watts of bass tone.
Ampeg’s Micro-CL -stack (current RRP in Finland: 505 €) brings the company’s classic look down to an easily manageable size.
The solid-state head weighs in at only about six kilos, with the cabinet clocking in at a very moderate 15 kg. The whole miniature stack is only about 80 cm tall – making it a very easy fit with almost any car boot.
The Micro-CL-head comes equipped with two inputs…
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Digital amp-modelling has come to stay, no doubt about it. But while some form of amp-modelling is used almost daily by many guitarists, the good old valve amp isn’t really fading away. On the contrary – it seems that these days especially low-powered valve amps are experiencing something of a renaissance.
A good example of this type of all-valve amp is Ampeg’s new GVT15-112.
The Ampeg GVT15-112 (current street price in Finland: 620 €) is a relatively compact 15-Watt valve amp, which can also be used at home, thanks to its half-power power amp mode.
Made in South Korea, the combo’s cabinet seems very well made, and the amp’s looks have a stylish retro touch. Our test sample receives a small cosmetic mark-down, because the decorative metal rail below the control panel sits slightly askew.
The clean and understated look carries over onto the Ampeg’s back…
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