Directory of boutique tube bass amp builders....

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by NickyBass, Mar 21, 2009.


  1. NickyBass

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    I don't know if this has been done before, but I thought that it would be nice to have a list of the guys that are building all tube bass amps. I guess the first question would be 'what constitutes boutique?' For the purpase of this list, I'm looking for the little known builders. Obvioulsy, there is Orange and Mesa etc. but everyone knows them.

    To get us started:

    Reinhardt: http://www.reinhardtamps.com/files/Bass.html

    Electrosonic will build anything: http://electrosonicamplifiers.com/

    Electric: http://www.electricamp.com/

    Reeves: http://www.reevesamps.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=50

    Hiwatt UK: http://www.hiwatt.co.uk/

    Kendrick--I know Gerald is working on a bass amp: http://www.kendrick-amplifiers.com/

    Alessandro: http://www.alessandro-products.com/amp-basset.html

    Verellen: http://www.verellenamplifiers.com/

    Divided by 13: http://www.dividedby13.com/
    Who else.........????
  2. roflol

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    i wouldn't say hiwatt where very boutique or electric aswell, electric seem like a bunch of asses aswell
  3. NickyBass

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    I've never dealt with either company. I'm just happy to see bass specific offerings from both.
  4. FFTT

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    The Reeves Custom 225 is one of very few 100% hand wired all tube offerings.

    No critical proprietary PC boards was a big selling point for me.

    Far better build quality than any new offering from Hiwatt.
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  6. NickyBass

    NickyBass

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    Anyone have more to add?
  7. James Hart

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    none to add currently, but in my 10 year plan I hope to be building a few heads a year :)

    (yet I haven't even started my first build... just something I've been wanting to do forever now)
  8. jamesie

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    mywatt
    reussenzehn (both germany)
  9. NickyBass

    NickyBass

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    I'm excited to hear how yours comes out. Sounds like it's going to be killer.
  10. jimiwhite

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  12. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

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    65 Amps is doing some nice stuff too. I've seen him at the last two NAMM shows. Bass Gear (I believe) has reviewed a couple of his products.

    http://www.65amps.com/
  13. Rumblefisher

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    Matchless maybe?

    Also, Ark Amps.
  14. KramerBassFan

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  15. BangarangRufio

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  16. Calaverasgrande

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    Green is just Electric amps right?
  17. dmwynn

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    http://www.badcatamps.com

    They're getting ready to release the "Beast". Pre, Power, and gigantic cab. I would definitely consider them boutique.

    http://www.glockenklang.de

    Would also consider Glock boutique. As for Matchless, they had a couple several years ago but no offerings currently. The Thunderchief, I think? They might have had something else but I can't remember off the top of my head. Maybe since Bad Cat is coming out with a pretty promising one they might also. FYI, Mark Sampson, I believe, owned both Matchless and then Bad Cat, then went on to form Star Amplifiers.
  18. Sartori

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    Verellen seems very accommodating for custom builds. When I've saved up enough money, I'll probably order something from them.
  19. Volume4

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    Yes
  20. mizzou541

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