Dating from around 1963, this Westminster has long been my go-to amp in the studio: often outclassing vastly more expensive – but admittedly better-looking – vintage Fender, Vox and Marshall amps from the same era.
Don’t be fooled by this amp’s restrained looks – sonically it’s an absolute beauty. Close your eyes and listen – the sound is unmistakably that of a top vintage valve amp – rich, warm, huge tones with great break-up when pushed hard. This little 10w amp has all the right components brought together in one of Charlie Watkins best amp designs: it has a full complement of original Mullard valves, original 8” Elac speaker – and a great tremolo circuit complete with footswitch.
Just serviced for us, it sounds fabulous, is a joy to play through and an absolute revelation when recording, sounding bigger and more expensive than it’s diminutive stature suggests. In short, a belter of an amp that’s not so loud that you can’t use it for great tone at home – delivering sweet creamy valve tones at living room levels.
There are two inputs and controls for Volume, Tone and Tremolo Speed.
CONDITION: In very good overall condition. The case is showing some wear with parts of the cover coming away. The face plate is very clean with a full set of original knobs. One of the knobs is damaged and missing a chunk from one side. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.
Some minor components changed during service to bring it up to excellent working order. Contains a mix of vintage valves including the pair of Mullards you see in the photos.
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