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McClane 18W ONE MORE LEFT!

READY TO GO! Black Faceplate.  Phaez McClane.  As in John McClane, our wonderful protagonist from Die Hard.  That is chassis only, without head cab or tubes.

3 x 12AX7 and a pair of EL84's, you supply 'em.

4, 8, 16 ohm speaker connections.  No loop.

email me at phaezamp@gmail.com

 

 

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$499.00

Recipe:

Take a Tr******** Ex***** circuit:
change the EL34's to EL84's
keep  the feedback, ditch the presence (EL84's don't need it)
there is a spare  12AX7 in an express, convert it to a cathode follower following the  first stage, which feeds the tonestack
change the mid pot to a 100k  log
convert the brite switch to a pot
add a master in the typical Marshall JCM place
(the master really is helpful, doesn't detract from the tone)

one more small tweak to the circuit which I keep mum about.

simply outstanding.

Reviews:

A wrote:

Message: Hi Randy,  absolutely love McLane she’s hot. Had her Side by side  w/a Mesa Boogie MarkIV and she outshone the competition. Well Done.

B wrote:

Well – Saturday was the McClane’s first day. Long email Read fast.  Met up with Dr.z friend at the local music store. House full of  real high end guitars and Dr z amps – and a phenomonal player. One of  two I know who actually can play well enough to utilize their high end  stuff. He works at the local guitar store part time as a tech, and sells Dr z amps for them. He’s tight with the Dr. personally, and plays at  the Z fest. He put some used Groove Tubes in it, and I spent the next  hour listening to him play a strat. Playing thru a Dr Z 1×12 closed back with a vintage 30. He was blown away – and he has very high standards.  Got everything into a sweet spot, then played with the mid. He couldn’t  believe the power of the mid knob. Plus pick and finger sensitivity. By  the time I left, he was talking about the need for a KT66 amp. He already has 4 EL84  amps. If you hear from …. sometime, that’s the guy.

 

Took it home, set it up for my son, thru you’re big 1×12 with the  Delta Pro speaker. He is an excellent guitarist, but plays only  acoustic. He wasn’t expecting much. Hooked up his pride and joy, a  custom shop Taylor, solid walnut (back, sides and top). Outstanding to  look at, and incredible sound and definition. We were both amazed. Even  my wife came to listen. Master volume almost off,  guitar about 1/2.  Outstanding clarity and reproduction of the guitar’s sound. He plays  with thumb pick and bare fingers. Barely touching the strings.
 
C wrote:
 
“Hey Randy,

 

How are you?  I just realized I never told you how incredible this McClane is…seriously I think it’s my favorite amp of all time.  And i’ve got some nice amps… a Cornford RK100 (holy pricey!), a 1969 Fender Blackface Bassman (pretty sure I have the finest Bassman ever created…thing is ridiculous), an Electrosonic Supersonic (don’t know if you’ve heard of electrosonic, they were only in business for four years or so, but the thing is ridiculous.  Dumble style circuitry)  among others.  But I don’t play any of those any more because I have the McClane! Seriously, you are the master.  That bright knob just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I’ve never heard anything else that has that kind of extremely unforgiving yet smooth and sweet string noise before”

 
D wrote:
“wild.  loudest 18W amp I could imagine.  I’ve never played an amp that has as good a touch response as the McClane’s.  And I’ve played a lot”

 

 

Here is a McClane review:

Well - Saturday was the McClane's first day. Long email Read fast.  Met up with Dr.z friend at the local music store. House full of  real high end guitars and Dr z amps - and a phenomonal player. One of  two I know who actually can play well enough to utilize their high end  stuff. He works at the local guitar store part time as a tech, and sells Dr z amps for them. He's tight with the Dr. personally, and plays at  the Z fest. He put some used Groove Tubes in it, and I spent the next  hour listening to him play a strat. Playing thru a Dr Z 1x12 closed back with a vintage 30. He was blown away - and he has very high standards.  Got everything into a sweet spot, then played with the mid. He couldn't  believe the power of the mid knob. Plus pick and finger sensitivity. By  the time I left, he was talking about the need for a KT66 amp. He already has 4 EL84  amps. If you hear from .... sometime, that's the guy.

 

Took it home, set it up for my son, thru you're big 1x12 with the  Delta Pro speaker. He is an excellent guitarist, but plays only  acoustic. He wasn't expecting much. Hooked up his pride and joy, a  custom shop Taylor, solid walnut (back, sides and top). Outstanding to  look at, and incredible sound and definition. We were both amazed. Even  my wife came to listen. Master volume almost off,  guitar about 1/2.  Outstanding clarity and reproduction of the guitar's sound. He plays  with thumb pick and bare fingers. Barely touching the strings.
 
Another review from a different owner:
 
"Hey Randy,

How are you?  I just realized I never told you how incredible this McClane is...seriously I think it's my favorite amp of all time.  And i've got some nice amps... a Cornford RK100 (holy pricey!), a 1969 Fender Blackface Bassman (pretty sure I have the finest Bassman ever created...thing is ridiculous), an Electrosonic Supersonic (don't know if you've heard of electrosonic, they were only in business for four years or so, but the thing is ridiculous.  Dumble style circuitry)  among others.  But I don't play any of those any more because I have the McClane! Seriously, you are the master.  That bright knob just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I've never heard anything else that has that kind of extremely unforgiving yet smooth and sweet string noise before"

Dear Randy,

It is noon here in Southern California and I was supposed to be at work hours ago. However, your McClane amp arrived early this morning and I just can't seem to stop playing it.

I popped in a mullard reissue, and 2 TAD 12ax7s, and 2 JJ EL84s, and plugged into a 2x12 open cab with 2 greenbacks. Instant heaven! I have just begun to scratch the surface of the different tones but with the boost and mid up and the gain at about 2, I am hearing the tone that is usually in my head. I am surprised at how much deep bass this thing has for an EL84 based amp. So far it sounds good with all my guitars, which is something I can't say about many of my other amps. Count me as one very happy customer!


Rear has on/off, standby switches, 4, 8, 16 ohm speaker connections. 

The cathode follower driving the tonestack, adds a little GAIN, and also adds a little compression.  Very nice!

Will get it done within 10 days of ordering. 

Your choice of faceplate color - BLACK, WHITE, RED, GOLD, CREME, SILVER

Head cab available from US or Sourmash. 

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