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British 18 Watt combo perfected

There is a great tradition of EL84 powered 12 to 18 watt combos made in the UK starting in the late 1950s. In fact, there is a book written about it! Although there were many from different manufacturers, there are two or three that really stand out.  One is the VOX AC15. It is perfect in it's design and an amazing amplifier for it's tone and wonderful Vib/Trem circuit. The other is the Watkins Dominator, another great amplifier. It really shines in its throaty overdriven sound and its smooth tremolo circuit. The third was the Marshall 18 watter which was based on the Watkins but brought it to higher level of aggressive Rock.

The Park P1800 is based on the Watkins but brings it to a new level of beautiful clean plus aggressive rock tones. Carefully built with New Old Stock capacitors and resistors, an output transformer built in the UK to the exact specifications and sound quality as the original Radio Spares EL84 output transformer. It also features EC Collins Park style reissue white pinstripe grill cloth and a custom speaker that uses a celestion Blue alnico frame and magnet as its base but with a different cone that truly is in a class of its own.

The P1800 was introduced at the summer NAMM show in June, 2018 to rave reviews by guitarists, friends, press and even amp builders and competitors.

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P1800 red 2

The basic specifications of the Park 18 include:

Two channels each with Volume and Tone controls. voiced slightly differently

One channel has a rich tremolo circuit with Speed and Intensity controls

Two speaker outputs with a switch for 8 and 16 ohms

Foot switch for tremolo is included and is plugged into a jack on the chassis bottom

Two EL84 tubes for 18 watts at full clipping

Three 12AX7s

Check out the videos from NAMM on the video page

 

The P1800 combo is available in custom colors at no extra charge. Here it is in “Black Gator”. This color is available exclusively through BCR Music & Sound.

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