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Get a taste of two new amps—a unique hybrid that mixes vintage-tube design with class-D power, and a "full-featured" version of their 40-watt Pedal Steel Mini.

A 10-watt amp that’s “class A” in every regard.

The term class A is often misapplied by naïve guitarists and sneaky amp manufacturers. Maybe it’s because the letter A signifies premium quality. Doesn’t class A/B sound sort of second best, as if the device could barely manage an A-/B+ in amplifier school?

For example, Vox amps are not class A, though they can deliver sounds with class A characteristics: explosive treble energy, the early onset of harmonically rich distortion, and a tendency toward loose, spattery tones. True class-A amps (also known as single-ended amps) usually have just one output tube. That’s a design often used in vintage practice amps—notably the Fender Champ (which probably makes Clapton’s tweed Champ tones on “Layla” rock’s best-known class-A colors).
With its dual single-ended design, Pint provides a fresh take on familiar Fender flavors.

But there’s a rare exception to the “class A = one tube” rule: A few vintage amps, including Gibson’s GA-8, deploy two output tubes in parallel, essentially treating the pair as a single tube for increased output. And that’s exactly what’s going on inside the 10-watt Pint, the latest creation from San Francisco’s Milkman Sound.

Fantasy Fender
Milkman has a reputation for exquisite Fender-derived amps, handcrafted with audiophile parts and painstaking attention to detail. Pint is a spinoff from the 5-watt Half Pint, a sort of über-Champ powered by a single 6V6 tube. Pint is similar, except—you guessed it—it employs two 6V6s in parallel for double the output.

That’s a configuration Fender never used, which makes Pint a sort of Fullerton fantasy—something Leo might have conceived if he’d pursued dual single-ended circuits. And sure enough, Pint provides a compelling take on the Champ sound, but with greater power and several killer upgrades.

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