The Mini Chief is a 3 watt beast of an amp. After many requests for a small format amplifier that could be used at home, in the studio, and even at small gigs, we decided to produce the Mini Chief. The Mini Chief features Mercury Magnetics transformers and is handwired using terminal strips. The stock tube compliment is 1x12AX7 and 1xEL84, cathode biased. Producing 3 beautiful watts, this amp excels at touch sensitivity. While most other amps below 5 watts get “grainy and stringy”, the Mini Chief gets angry, like your cousin from down the street after a few too many…this thing is one raucous beast. The tonal range is between small V*x style amps and bigger M*rsh*ll style ones. The Mini Chief also features something seldom seen on mini amps—it has 4, 8, and 16 ohm outputs. This amp is a full on, giggable mini amp, in a beautiful, small box.
For different flavors, the user can swap the preamp tube out. The Mini Chief comes stock with a 12AX7/ECC83 preamp tube. For lower gain, one can use a 12AT7/ECC81, and for the most clean headroom, a 12AU7/ECC82 can be used. These tubes can easily be swapped. We suggest taking your amp to a tech to have the tube swapped, unless you are comfortable working with high voltage--tube amps store high voltage and can kill you, so please do not try this if you do not know what you are doing. Make sure not to touch ANYTHING inside of the amp...and always, make sure that the amp is unplugged from a power source if you are going to try this. If you cannot be sure that you can do this, take your amp to a tech to have the tube swapped out. Again, tube amps can kill you...DO NOT REMOVE THE CHASSIS if you are not sure how to handle an amp safely.
We decided to house it in a simple pine head cabinet, with a milk paint finish that has a NITROCELLULOSE topcoat…that’s right…it’s got nitro on it! This amp will be perfect at your home, the studio, or at small gigs…you could even sneak it into your office, if you’re so daring…we won’t be held responsible for you getting fired or anything like that…just get crafty on sneaking a speaker cab in!
*INDICATOR LIGHT MAY BE YELLOW OR RED, DEPENDING ON SUPPLY.
3 Watt mini amp!
Class A, cathode biased!
1xEL84 cathode biased, 1x12AX7 tube compliment!
4, 8, and 16 ohm speaker outs!
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