The amplifier is single-channel. The power amplifier has four 6V6 lamps with a higher anode voltage compared to other amplifiers using the same lamps. In the era of the production of the first original amplifiers, this was a problem. Old lamps worked unreliably, and often failed, often at the most inopportune moments. This greatly limited the use of these amplifiers, especially on tours. Modern lamps calmly tolerate this heavy mode of operation. We have conducted a large number of tests and lengthy inspections in the most difficult conditions. And we are calm about the performance of our amplifiers. There is a power switch – 60/30W, which turns off two 6V6 lamps.
The preamp and phase inverter have three 12AX7 lamps and one 12AT7 lamp spring reverb driver.
The input part remains clean while the phase inverter and the output stage form the necessary distortions. This is different from the traditional American and British guitar sound. Rather, something in between. The rich dynamics combined with the fullness of the sound remind of the bass guitar origin. The sound is great, but without unnecessary heaviness at the bottom of the sound range.
There is no Master handle. The Gain knob controls the overall volume of the amplifier, similar to tweed-era or Plexy amplifiers.
The tone stack is made according to the Peter J. Baxandall scheme, which makes it possible to both attenuate and amplify high and low frequencies. This solution is practically not found in the design of guitar amplifiers. Basically it's bass guitar amplification and Hi-Fi.
Push-pull switches are installed on the Gain and Treble handles. Presence adds high frequencies like turning a knob with the same name. Bright provides a slight rise in high frequencies.
There are Preamp Out and Poweramp In connectors on the back panel, providing a dry break for the effects loop. To fully connect external effects, an additional device, such as a Tubulator, is required.