Milkman Sound is presenting a new valve amp in a pedal enclosure at the NAMM Show this year – and it looks like it has a few useful features packed into its (just about) pedalboard-compatible format.
This is a 50-Watt power amplifier, which we reckon is Class-D, powered by a 12AX7 in the preamp-stage and has Class-A interconnection.
It comes with a basic 2-band EQ offering bass and treble; there’s also a volume control. Added to this is a master output and three other controls that change the parameters for the built-in Reverb and Tremolo effects using controls labelled Reverb, Depth and Rate.
With outputs on Speakon rated for 50 Watts at 8 Ohms and 100 Watts at 4 Ohms as well as an XLR-Out (Line) and jack output for headphones, there’s enough connectivity to go around. There is also a ‘pedal-level’ output on the amp effect so you can use it on the pedalboard as well, which is really handy and makes it a lot more versatile.
In my opinion, the USD 799 isn’t exactly cheap – but it is a boutique unit and so it will probably be built in relatively small numbers. You’s also expect the build quality to be good. The success of The Amp will be determined by its sound and how it reacts to player dynamics. I look forward to hearing some reviews soon.
For now, I have linked to the official demo video below, which gives a very basic preview/overview of The Amp, but unfortunately, it’s quite superficial, so there’s not much to sink your gear addict teeth into. What you do get to hear does sound rather nice, though.
RRP – USD 799