Carr: TELSTAR(Item ID: TELSTAR Serial#: 049)
17 Watt Combo Amplifier with EL84 and 6L6 in Push/Pull Class A and 1x12" Custom 'Valiant" Speaker
From the Carr website:
"Carr Amplifiers began in 1998 with an irresistible passion for hand wired vacuum tube guitar amplifiers. We take inspiration from the classics of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s then imagine new features, refinements in tone, reliability, and ease of operation. Essential tone with organic tactile feel is our signature.
And now for something completely different!!
The Telstar blends the sinewy harmonic assertion of EL84s with the deep full control of 6L6s in a new and unique push pull recipe. You may have a 6L6 amp or an EL84 amp but not an amp that uses both types in harmony for a new pallet of expression. The Telstar sound can easily range from haunting rich cleans to creamy overdrive. Our Lean/Lush switch tailors the body of the tone while the 53/58 switch changes the overall gain structure and the frequencies the Tone control emphasizes, sonically treading the years from early Fullerton '50s roundness thru late '50s proto British bite. Plus, you get everything Carr is known for, in-house crafted light weight cabinets, bleeding edge power supply components mixed with Mid-Century signal elements, and true point to point wiring."
- Lean/Lush toggle The Lean/Lush switch lets you tailor the fullness of the low-end frequencies. When really pushing the amp or when you want a more astringent vibe Lean is where you want to be. For thick and deep bass especially at lower volumes Lush is best. As you crank the Volume you will find Lean can tighten up loose bass.
- Volume Adjusts the loudness and drive of the amplifier. Haunting clean tones are available from 0 to about noon on the dial depending on your guitar pickups output. As you advance the Volume above noon you will hear more and more distortion as the power section starts to overdrive. Note in 53 mode advancing the Tone control really adds to the heat!
- Tone Mid-Century tone controls leave the midrange flat compared to the scooped sound of the '60s. The single knob has a surprising range from dark and mysterious at zero thru sweet and mellow as you advance to 12 oclock on the dial then to barking forward drive in the 53 mode or glassy spank in 58. All of these vibes are fun, usable, and with great feel.
- Reverb Controls the amount of reverb sound from none to deep and spacious. Note: the character of the Reverb changes slightly as you toggle from 53 to 58 modes.
- 53/58 toggle The 53/58 switch changes the frequencies the Tone control emphasizes plus the gain structure harking back to the evolution in circuitry thru the 1950s at Fullerton. In 53 mode the Tone control is working from the Midrange up so turning up the tone in 53 give you that early '50s bark and large curd overdrive. In 58 mode the frequencies the tone works on are higher in spectrum almost to the black Face era of shimmer. You will find turning up the Tone in 58 yields a pleasing sharpness and glass to the tone. Also 58 Mode has more drive than the 53 setting echoing the increasing gain trend from early '50s thru late '50s Fullerton. The Tone control and 53/58 toggle are highly interactive. At extreme Volume and Tone settings the differences are minimized as the amp does not have the headroom to express them this though is a wonderful sound!
- Attenuator When the knob is full clockwise the attenuator is out of the signal path and the amp delivers its full 17 watts to the speaker. When the knob is rotated counter clockwise the attenuator becomes active and you can continuously vary from 17 down to around 0 watts. Note: The Attenuator is a power L-Pad and as such has a somewhat coarse feel and action. The tracking is linear, though at the very bottom of the track there is a slight jump from minimum power to zero. This is normal and is a result of high power wire wound L-Pad construction.
- Standby Off Play The Toggle switch baton in the middle position is Power Off. To play set the amp to Standby (switch baton down). After 1 minute of warm up, switch the Power baton up to Play. The amp is ready to be played. Using the Standby setting every time the amp is turned on will prolong tube life.
Features and Specs:
17 Watts full output - (Double Digit Power)
6L6 (stock) plus EL84 power tubes together in push pull class A - (Unprecedented)
Use any octal power tube with the EL84 without re-biasing - (experimental)
53/58 switch round early 50s Fullerton to Proto British Hot Rod - (Macho)
Lean/Lush switch tight to rich bass - (elastic)
All tube Reverb - (Aquatic)
Built-in variable attenuator 17 watts down to zero - (Useful)
Mid Century Midrange - (confident)
Extended range One Knob tone control - (Less is More)
Early 60s thin wall space age cabinet - (Solid Tone)
Custom 'Valiant' speaker (Sincere to Sinister)
1 6L6 (EL34 - 6V6 compatible), 1 EL84, 1 6SL7 Tung Sol Octal, 1 12AX7, 1 12AT7
100% Point to Point wiring
Solen Aerospace Satellite power supply capacitors
Selected mixed resistor types
Jupiter Tone Caps
Custom Carr power/output transformers
Local made saddle leather handles
Cabinets built in house
For an interview with Steve Carr: www.youtube.com .
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