British-made Watkins Westminster valve (tube) amp in excellent cosmetic condition. This stunning-sounding vintage amp has just had superb rebuild with all failing components replaced. Watkins amps of this era are generally full of out of spec parts: a good rebuild can really transform them into stunning little amps. Everything important is still original and in very good condition; it sports its original Mullard valves, 8" Elac speaker and metal footswitch (with tape to the base).
Dating from around 1963, this model 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 (see our other listings).
Don't be fooled by this amp's staid 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 - has been repaired but sounds great, and a great tremolo circuit complete with footswitch. There’s a useful external speaker output in the cable compartment.
It sounds fabulous, is a 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.
In very good cosmetic condition - a few scuffs to the case, gold metal grille very clean, as is the control panel (please see detailed photos).
It is a UK 240v model and will require a step-up transformer for use in Canada and USA. We can supply high quality UK-made transformers if required.
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We are very experienced at packing and shipping valuable and sensitive gear worldwide. Binson Echorecs, large valve amps, vintage synths, rare racks, and even a CS-80 or two - you name it, we've sent it and it has arrived in one piece and ready to play.
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It is a fact that, with vintage items, there are going to be times when gear arrives in need of some adjustment or calibration, and some times a piece of gear that was working 100% just chooses the day after arriving for a new fault to develop. However, having been working with sensitive vintage gear for many years, we are very experienced at dealing with these occurrences and will always work with you and get the problem solved as quickly and painlessly as possible.
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