NAD...HammerTone "B-100" All-Tube Bass Amp!
Coming my way via FEDEX today is my brand new, hand-wired, made-in-usa, all-tube 100-watt BASS amplifer built for me by Mark Ashley of HammerTone Amps in NC:
The HAMMERTONE B-100!
AFAIK, it's the first Bass Amp Mark has made. Mark is better known in six-string circles for his elegant 18-watt guitar amps made from Hammond Organ amp chassis'. This one utilized the chassis from an old Hammond DR20 Tone Cabinet I had laying around, along with the original wood base and four cups and springs underneath for "suspension". You can blame the cosmetics on ME, as I wanted the black-and-red color scheme!
The B-100 is outfitted with (4) new TUNG-SOL (Russian) 6L6GC Power Tubes, a vintage Hammond 5U4G Rectifier tube, a 5751 Phase Inverter tube, and a vintage GE 12AX7 Preamp tube.
"The B-100 is basically a Fender Showman normal channel with a cathode biased power section. The cathode (self) biasing saves you the trouble of manually biasing plus the power tubes are biased in pairs which gives you the option of "pulling" 2 of them for reduced power practice."
So I have a 100/50 watt tube bass amp, that I can change as my needs dictate.
Mark utilized the massive power transformer from my old Hammond HR40 Tone Cabinet. Gotta love that "old iron"! I know that he used all modern components inside, but it was a nice touch to utilize some of the good old stuff.
I had always wanted an "open-design" tube amp with a "SteamPunk" vibe, and am very excited to be finally about to unpack and plug into this marvelous beast. Knowing that there isn't another one like it on the planet is just icing on the cake!
I did a lot of horse-trading with Mark on old Hammond components and vintage tubes, in addition to making changes to the original project over the course of several months, so before someone asks me "How much?", let me just say that I was happy, Mark was happy, and from what I've seen posted about other "boutique" amp builders, you could have Mark build you one without selling your firstborn!
If anyone is interested, you can see some of his other builds, check out soundclips from working musicians using his amps, and you can make inquiries HERE:
HAMMERTONE AMPS FACEBOOK PAGE
Happy NAD to ME!
That's one bigass PT! Pretty cool.
Holy Catz; that's gorgeous!
I've never heard of this product, but it seems fab.
Is there a top cover?
Got gutz shots?
Man; that's sweet.
Thanks, Jimmy & Chef.
Mark sent along a "gutz shot" as a color photocopy. I would have to figure out how to scan it into my computer to send it? Nope, no top cover.....I'm living DANGEROUSLY! In a house with cats, no less!
That's a piece of art love the color scheme I bet it sounds so rich.
mjac28- I just unpacked it about an hour ago. I'm still trying out each bass one-by-one on it. So far, I like the tone of the vintage Peavey T20 and T45 best through this amp. I'm sure the T40 would also sound nice, but it's currently down for electronic restoration and a body swap.
Jeez....after all these months of acquiring "natural"-finish basses, now I guess I need one that's painted CAR w/Tuxedo Black PG!
This is the kind of thing I want, someday, on top of a small tweed 1x12 for a home practice rig. Just gorgeous.
I'm currently running it through either:
An old Hartke 4X10 cab, loaded with vintage Jensens from a Hammond HR40 Tone Cabinet
An Ampeg 2X10 cab from the CL "Mini-Fridge".
What I want now is either a 6X10, or an 8X10. Or a 215. Or a (sp)15/6? Shoot, I'm willing to try ANYTHING!
so so sweet !!!!! super phat eldory!!!!!
I'm already SWEATING from proximity to these open tubes! I wonder if I can acquire a Winter Suntan this way?:)
Now I have tube envy.
Wow! That's gorgeous.
Cool amp, BTW!
LOL! That is a KILLER graphic, kcole!
wighat, I know it's a LOOONG drive ('cause Texas is HUGE!), but you are welcome to come up and plug into it ANY time, bro!
Surely you must get bored with all that sun, and breeze and beaches and stuff. Come on up and get "Lost in the Pines" when you've had enough, and teach me how to play better! Now that I have some cool equipment, I sure as hell better learn how to play at least well enough not to get laughed at!
Nacogdoches. North of Houston. SouthEast of Tyler. 100 miles SouthWest of Shreveport, LA. Step back into the 50's, you're in Nacogdoches, now!
I don't like tubes exposed in that way. It's not practical on the road and just too easily damaged by a wayward drop of water or beer. A broken tube allows physical contact to lethal voltages.
it IS nicely put together so kudos to the builder.
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