New Pawn Shop Special amplifiers present a cool, unconventional take on amp design by evoking the enjoyably esoteric finds you might discover in a pawnshop or second-hand store.
Nine watts, one 6L6 power tube, two channels, class “A” circuitry and a single 12” Special Design speaker never sounded so good. Ramparte’s “cool” channel is pleasingly voiced from warm and clean to moderately gritty. But that “hot” channel—man, with that kind of mild-to-wild overdrive, might be best to keep a twenty on you to slip the cops when they show up.
As if all of the above isn’t enough, Ramparte imparts a wealth of other fine features including separate ¼” input jacks and volume controls for both channels, ¼” internal speaker disconnect for external enclosure use, “chicken-head” control knobs and a vintage-style leather strap handle.
To say nothing of its admirable tone and power. The 13-watt Excelsior elegantly encloses a single 15” Special Design speaker, with a bottom-loaded primary chassis and top-loaded control chassis for operating convenience and low noise (powered by two 6V6 output tubes and two 12AX7 preamp tubes).
Distinctive features include “guitar,” “microphone” and “accordion” inputs that each have individually optimized circuitry; tremolo circuit with speed control, bright/dark tone switch (for treble or bass emphasis), volume control and 1/4” internal speaker disconnect that lets the amp drive an external speaker enclosure.