Hayward, CA (January 27, 2012) -- The VHT Special 12/20RT adds tube-driven spring reverb and
tube tremolo to the pedal-friendly Special 12/20 platform. The 12/20RT
features two power ranges with an adjustable Watts control plus a Pentode/
Triode switch, a unique preamp designed that excels with pedals, and an all-
tube buffered effects loop with send and return level controls. It also
features VHT’s unique Depth and Texture controls, a convenient built-in 9-
volt DC pedal power supply, and an international mains voltage selector
To optimize the amp for a wide variety of output tubes, the VHT Special12/20
RT offers two output-power ranges. A special voltage range switch safely
located behind the rear panel provides the proper voltages for 6V6 or EL84
output tubes (in 12-watt low-voltage/low-power mode). The high voltage 20-
watt setting provides the ideal voltages for higher-power 6L6 or EL34 output
tubes. The 12/20RT ships with a pair of 6V6 output tubes (VHT 6V6-to-EL84
socket adapters are required for operation with EL84 tubes). In addition,
the 12/20RT’s variable Watts control can reduce the maximum output power to
less than one watt for whisper-quiet volume levels.
The Special 12/20RT’s preamp was designed to bring the most out of every
effects pedal with enhanced clarity, detail and controlled tube compression.
Its low-impedance buffered effects-loop send can effortlessly drive the most
difficult pedals without tone or signal loss. Thanks to its variable send
and return level controls, the 12/20RT’s effects loop can accommodate a wide
range of pedal or rack effects. The 12/20RT’s Reverb, Tremolo, Depth and
Texture controls are post effects loop, so multi-effects users can plug
directly into the effect return and still benefit from the post-effects tube
reverb and tremolo, while fine-tuning the output stage characteristics with
the Depth and Texture controls.
The Special 12/20RT combo and head share the same chassis, circuit and
layout design and configuration.
The 12/20RT Combo is loaded with a 12” VHT ChromeBack speaker.
The VHT Special 12/20RT combo is available for $749.99; the
Special12/20RT head is available for $649.99.
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