The D-Fifty is a 50-Watt is a new hand-wired amp by VHT. And yes, it is based on the highly sought-after boutique Dumble amp circuit. Coming in at under thousand dollars, this amp head could be a very attractive for tone chasers.
The new VHT D-Fifty is a single-input amp head. The first thing that jumps out at you is the presence of three switches for attaining different voicings: Bright, Mid Boost and Jazz/Rock. There’s also a three-band EQ, plus Master, Drive, Level and Presence controls.
The tubes used here are three 12AX7 preamp tubes and two Ruby Tubes 6L6GC in the output section. The amp is hand-wired throughout and includes a two-button footswitch that you use to activate the preamp boost and overdrive sections.
For the money, this amp offers a heck of a lot of ’boutique’ amp features. If it is anywhere near the tone of an original Dumble amp, then it will become a very attractive proposition; it’s a fraction of the cost of an original.
This is one for all you tube amp lovers to check out and evaluate in 2020. STart by having a listen to he video below. I’m pretty astounded by the price point and am looking forward to hearing reviews from users over the coming months.
Considering a player like John Mayer is famed for playing an original Dumble amplifier and that the originals can change hands for $70,000 or even $150,000 each, this new VHT model could be an absolute bargain.
RRP – USD 849