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Top Hat King Royale Amplifier Review

September 19, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Continued from Top Hat Victoria Amp Review

Top Hat King RoyaleWith a name that sounds like something out of Pulp Fiction, Top Hat’s update on Vox’s AC30, the King Royale is anything but cheesy. The Royale is a 35-watt amp that is flawlessly built, has a very nice salt-and-pepper grille, and comes in a variety of colors (all made with thick Tolex, for protection), and offers several modifications to the AC30 design. Read more

Top Hat Victoria Guitar Amplifier Review

September 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Top Hat AmpsThe Victoria 50212-T is very similar to the Fender Twin built between 1955 and 1957 (of the low power variety). This meat-and-potatoes amp relies on hand-wired circuitry that drives 45 watts (via 6L6 tubes) through a pair of Mojo Tone V-30 ceramic magnet speakers, as well as a blatant just-say-no attitude toward built-in effects to drive home it’s point. Each channel has it’s own dedicated volume control (bright and normal), as well as controls for presence, bass, and treble. The amp also has two input jacks. The Victoria, unlike the Twins, utilizes a single GZ34 tube, rather than the dual 5U4 rectifier tubes, allowing for more reliable performance. Read more