AMPLIFIERS FROM THE VACUUM TUBE COLLECTIVE: WHAT ARE THEY?
Amps built by the members of the Vacuum Tube Collective of Corvallis are pieces of folk art, built by hand one at a time out of old loudspeakers, old suitcases, and old vacuum tube amp chassis in order to get old tone. Each is unique- there are no standard models, types, or prices.
The amp chassis we use are built up by hand or refurbished as required to restore them to proper functioning, and their circuits designed to get good tone with guitars and high-impedance harp microphones. Depending on their tube complement, they will deliver 5 to 25 watts of useable power into one or two old stamped-frame, alnico-magnet loudspeakers with light paper cones and stiff suspension in 10", 12", or 15" diameter- whatever fits in the box. Sometimes, extra 4" tweeters are included in the speaker complement, if we feel like it. These components are mounted in lightweight, vintage suitcases covered with old tweed, leatherette, or plastic, depending on availability.
They are constructed as craft objects, intended for use by enthusiasts. Their pricing reflects the fact that they are built almost entirely from salvaged components which due to their age cannot be guaranteed for longevity, or anything else for that matter. They carry cosmetic blemishes consistent with their age and deliver tone consistent with what they are made of and how old their parts are.
Interested in professional-grade, road-worthy perfection? Do you want a Hi-Fi, Sterile, Distortion-Free Big Money Solid State Transducer Reinforcement System For Use by Sensitive Strummy-Strummy Sing-Sing Lame-Oid But Earnestly Sincere Vegan Singer-Songwriters With Well-Paying Day Jobs And No Children, Who Don't Use Deodorant Or Shave Their Legs And Make Important But Elliptical Personal Statements About Whales, Tofu And Lesbians In Squeeky-Kleen Little Espresso Bars Serving Fairly-Traded Decaf Latte With Soy Milk And Spread Out A Selection Of Their Tepid Self-Produced CD's On A Folding Table Next To The Tip Jar With The Rainbow Sticker On It And Drive Volvo Station Wagons With Radios Tuned To Living On Earth On NPR, That Are Covered With Bumper Stickers Bearing Lots Of Fine Print?
Then you do not want one of our amps. There are dozens of absolutely bullet-proof, high-quality amplifiers you can buy from industrial firms like Fishman, Fender, Kendrick and Top Hat that are brand new, cosmetically perfect, stoutly constructed from the best materials money can buy, and offered with money-back guarantees. They will cost you over a thousand dollars each and are worth every cent.
Interested in cheap fun, unique looks, and bruised tone, concocted out of found objects late at night by a demented garage hobbyist for his friends in his spare time, and sold with no strings attached for the price of a tank of gas, a quart of whiskey, and a cheap cigar? Do you want an amplifier that Does Not, And Will Not, Pay The Rent On Time? Do you want a Lo-Fi, Hepatitis-Carrying, Distortion-Filled, Gutter Budget Vacuum Tube Amp For Use By Dangerous Blues Men Who Eat Sixteen-Ounce Steaks And Come Home Late After Playing Ear-Searing Sump-Wash Grind-O-Matic Jump On Penicillin-Resistant Stratocasters With Most Of The Paint Missing In Cigar-Smoke-Filled Whiskey Bars For Ordinary People Who Think Tofu Is Whale Snot And The "Volvo" Is A Part Of The Female Anatomy And Who Drive 1974 Ford LTD Sedans With Peeling Vinyl Roofs, Rusted Out Wheel Wells And Broken Radios That Only Pick Up One Spanish Station?
Then you should give one of our amps a try Step Right In . . .