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Showing posts with label National. Show all posts
Showing posts with label National. Show all posts

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tech Talk - 1960 National 1210 Twin-Tone Amplifier Demo


The Valco 1210 is a simple 3 tube amp (5Y3, 6V6, 12AX7) with volume and tone controls, 3 inputs, and a pair of Rola 6" x 11" speakers. While about comparable to a Fender Champ in wattage, the Valco built amp has significantly more grit and growl thanks to a Grid leek bias design. The 4 ohm speakers are wired in series which offers a lot more power handling than you'd expect to find in a small amp. Sure, you'll need to mic it for band volumes, but if you're looking for killer small amp tone for guitar or harmonica this on is a perfect choice.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tech Talk - National Stage Star (1954)


National "Stage Star" (1954)
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15-20 Watts 4 x oval Rola speaker
Tubes- 5U4, 2x6L6, 6SQ7 and 6SC7

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tech Talk - National "Tremo - Tone" Model 1224 (1956)


This is a very cool Valco Tremo-Tone National Model 1224.

It has a pair of 6V6's with a 5Y3 rectifier, and octal preamp tubes: two 6SQ7's and a 6SC7.
10-15 Watts 2 x oval Rola speaker
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