An amazing new amp from Alan at Carol Ann Amps - A tonal departure from some of the higher gain amplifiers that he offers, this amp is much cleaner and is ideally suited to be used as a platform for pedals. This almost does the amp a little injustice though, as it has one of the best clean tones you'll ever hear and with a strat plugged into it, it nails that classic SRV "Texas Flood" album tone, which of course was recorded using a Dumble amp.
"This Single Channel Amplifier is designed for players who prefer simplicity and use pedals for creating different timbres. The design goal for this model was simply the most gorgeous clean tone possible with an extreme low noise floor, a tube driven reverb that sounds lush and never harsh even when the amp is pushed to its limits, flexible eq without silly extremes, an input stage with massive headroom to allow any effect to be placed in to the front of the amp. The input gain control allows the preamp to be pushed in to slightly broken but smooth overdrive that is very useful for many modern popular styles. The Satin features a foot switchable mid boost and reverb.
The unique gain structure of the Satin uses a completely separate signal path for the reverb, avoiding the need to attenuate and re-amplify the dry signal like most amplifier reverb designs. The dynamic range and noise floor is preserved, something which is very evident as the Satin has absolutely no noise whatsoever, even at gigging volumes.
The first two gain stages of the preamp use 'parallel triodes' which doubles the current of the gain stage and increases the gain and headroom significantly. This is also a major contributing fact to the low noise floor.
The power amp stage uses a 12AX7 driver feeding 6L6GC power tubes. The power amp has the typical presence control, plus a 'feel' control, which allows the player to control the tightness of the power amp, so the amplifier can be dialed in much easier for the players styles.
The Satin in the second model to feature the awesome 'Biasmon' TM circuit, which monitors several parameters inside the amp and calculates the perfect bias point. Changes in wall voltages from room to room can be very quickly adjusted for. The system on the Satin uses a single 3-color LED, Blue, Green, Red. The player just needs to turn the bias control until the green color illuminates. This also makes power tube biasing very simple for the owner and doesn't require special meters or a tech.
As with all our amplifiers, the Satin is built by hand and not only burned in, but every single one is tested at an actual live show."