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Rat Electronics Hot Rod Valve Special HRVS 5w combo amplifier
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Excellent condition. "As New".

27 Apr, 2014 18:40:39 BST
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Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom


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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Excellent condition. "As New".
Type: Electric Model: Hot Rod Valve Special HRVS
Brand: Rat Electronics Epiphone Harley Benton
This is a Rat Electronics “Hot Rod Valve Special” put together in Cornwall by Andy Dokken. It is a highly-modified and improved Harley Benton GA-5 and has a cream cabinet with brown and brass fittings. Andy has also built others based on the equivalent (same factory/starting spec) Epiphone Valve Junior, but with different cosmetics.

So, what is a Hot Rod Valve Special? It is a lovely small 5w combo amp delivering great and varied valve tones with almost no background noise nd using Power Scaling to keep the volume down even when the valves are screaming. I bought this new from Andy (it was made in Nov 2009) and it’s still in as-new condition, kept in a smoke-free home and rarely taken out. It’s been my home practice and recording amp. You can go to the Rat website to read about them in Andy’s own words - -  they are all individually different, it seems, but here’s a summary of this specific one.

3-5W output, using a 12AX7B pre-amp valve and an EL84 power amp valve into a Celestion Super 8 loudspeaker.

The controls on the front are as follows:
· Drive – input or pre-amp gain.
- Tone – tone control!
· Master – output or power-amp gain.
· Power Scale – turned fully clockwise, it does nothing, but as you turn it anti-clockwise, it reduces the output volume WITHOUT interfering with the signal path – keeping the sustain, distortion and harmonic overtones at a lower volume. Andy goes into great detail on his website. I just know it works!
· Bias Switch – 1, 2 or 3, selects different amplifier voicings to change your tone.
· Gain Switch – 0, 1 or 2, selects increased pre-amp gain for more volume and harmonic content.
· Bright Switch – makes the general tone brighter. Very ‘Fender-esq’.
· Valve Switch – changes the cathode bias from ‘hot’, giving maximum harmonics, to ‘cold’ giving a cleaner sound.
· PS1/2 Switch – changes the Power Scaling mode. ‘1’ is normal and ‘2’ is more like a ‘Brown’ sound.

And on the back:
· Headphones socket –drives headphones for practice without disturbing anyone.
· Line Out socket – sends a line out signal after the power amp stage to a recording desk or PA.
· Speaker Impedance Switch – selects the impedance of the speakers being used, 4, 8 or 16 Ohms
· Speaker sockets – two of them!

Finally, the amp also has an automatically-switched ‘Dummy Load’ facility installed which means you can unplug all speakers and just use the headphones or line out into a desk and monitors without damaging the amplifier.

There’s a lot to take in and experiment with. I’ve used this in a number of situations:
· Playing at home - true output valve distortion at domestic-friendly levels...
· Home recording using a mic pointing at the Super 8 speaker, at a 1 x 12 cabinet and just using the line out. All are different. Close micing of the Super 8 speaker sounds awesome!
· Band practice with a light-hitting drummer (into a 4 x 12 cabinet). If your drummer hits the kit hard, you’ll need more watts or send a line out into the PA.

So, if you like the sound of this, bid now and maybe get yourself a bargain. There’s no reserve. I can ship this to you anywhere on mainland Britain in the same box Andy shipped it to me in when I bought it, using ParcelForce 48 or similar. If you prefer, pay cash on collection from Christchurch, Dorset.

Annoying small print: Please don’t ask me to ship outside mainland Britain, or if I’ll close the auction early, or if I have a buy-it-now price. I won’t do any of those things – nor even answer your message. Otherwise I’m very friendly and will answer anything!

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