VHT Special 6 Combo – first impressions

Two members of a local band, Something Real, have bought these small amps this week. Although I don’t buy much equipment, I’m always more likely to take notice of other musician’s views – they will have more influence on my choice than what the manufacturer might say about their product.  And I would certainly give house space to one of these – if I had the funds. This amp comes into a market which is fairly well populated, but I guess the 2 bonuses are the price (see later) and the fact that, for those so inclined, it can be easily modified. Fairly soon (if not already) there’ll be posts on the web about how to mod these amps to do even more wonderful things.
Here’s what Gash from the band had to say:
Well, I’ve had a couple of hours with it this afternoon, and I am really impressed. It was very well packaged, and the build quality seems excellent. The styling and finish of the amp seems to hint at a price that far outweighs what I actually paid. Quite a heavy little thing as well.

Didn’t take long to get some nice sounds out of it, although I’m sure more tinkering will produce a far larger range of tones. I can say that this is one little amp that really made the most of the pickup configurations available on the guitar I was using. I was expecting the amp to be very good, but wasn’t too sure about the speaker. I shouldn’t have worried……..it’s loud, and very clear!!!

Also, for ‘bedroom’ use, the ‘Low Power’ (3 watt I think) option is great for getting some distortion at volume levels suitable in the home. On high power the 10″ speaker goes much louder than I was expecting – seriously too loud for the house. Footswitchable boost (footswitch included in the package) is handy as well.

Absolutely love it!! And as I said to our lead guitarist when I was telling him what I thought of it, I love the leather carrying handle – I know that sounds daft, but its things like that which add a nice little touch of class.

Hand wired valve amp at this price?

Well worth every penny of £120

There’s another look at this amp here 

Here’s what the VHT website has to say:

Boutique amp players will love the Special 6’s combination of handwired tube goodness, unique features and unparalleled value. The mod-friendly Special 6 is easy to customize for home amp builders and tube amp enthusiasts.

The Special 6 gets its powerful tube sound from one 12AX7 preamp tube and one 6V6 output tube. It boasts a footswitchable Gain Boost feature that significantly expands its range of tones — it’s the only amp in its class that excels at both clean and overdriven tones, and it’s the only amp in its class to offer a footswitchable boost. With the Gain Boost, players can instantly toggle between clean rhythm tones and overdriven leads, essentially duplicating the footswitchable functions of a 2-channel amp in an all-tube, handwired, simple, 2-knob package.

To further expand its range of tones, the Special 6 also features a High/Low power switch that enhances low-volume tones with extra-smooth richness (when in half-power mode). It’s a great feature for recording, or for low-volume “bedroom” players. In high-power mode, it’s one of the few amps in its class that is loud enough to compete with a strong drummer. The Special 6 combo is outfitted with a special high sensitivity 10″ VHT Special Design speaker.
6 Watts
One 6V6 Output Tube
One 12AX7 Preamp Tube
Volume and Tone Controls
Footswitchable Boost Mode
High/Low Power Switch
10” VHT High-Sensitivity Speaker
4, 8, and 16 Ohm Speaker Jacks
Mod-Friendly Eyelet-Type Board
Hand-wired In China

Model: AV-SP1-6


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