Kestrel – ’57 Princeton/Champ – 10 Inch


(4 customer reviews)


Due to summer holliday season estimated delivery time can be 4 weeks or more.

Like the BirdSong Merlin, this amp is based on the coveted 5F2a Princeton schematic, but with a larger speaker, giving the amp a warmer bottom end and a broader frequency response.

From lush sparkly cleans at low volume, to a nice raw overdrive when pushed, this amps has that typical vintage tweed tone.

Like all BirdSong amps, the Kestrel is hand constructed and soldered on eyelet board.

Only components of excellent quality are used, such as Sprague Orange Drop® capacitors, Ruby® Tubes and Celestion® speakers.

The Kestrel is covered in expertly applied tweed covering, while the period correct oxblood grille cloth, genuine leather handle and chickenhead knobs complete the aesthetic package.

Just like the original, the Kestrel uses a tube rectifier, which adds extra compression for that true vintage tone.


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  • 5F2a Princeton circuit
  • 5 watts of tube power
  • Celestion® Ten 30 speaker
  • Handwired on eyelet board
  • Sprague Orange Drops® coupling capacitors
  • Ruby® 6V6 and Ruby® 12ax7 tubes
  • Tube rectifier
  • Pine cabinet
  • Tweed covering
  • Genuine leather handle
  • Chickenhead knobs
  • One Volume and one Tone control

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Weight 10 kg
Dimensions 44 × 27 × 44 cm

4 reviews for Kestrel – ’57 Princeton/Champ – 10 Inch

  1. Wolfgang Watermann (verified owner)

  2. Volkmar K. (verified owner)

    Nice little amp with a sensitive, but mighty tone!

  3. Markus (verified owner)

    I’m thrilled so much amp for a great price. It is well crafted and the Celestion Ten Thirty sounds great. It’s a really good amp i enjoy, i haven’t regretted the purchase and Birdsong’s customer service is excellent.

  4. Frank H. (verified owner)

    Weniger ist mehr!
    Der kleine Amp atmet und reagiert wie ein echter “Champ”!
    5 Watt sind sehr laut im Wohnzimmer, daher Crunch (oder mehr) gerne mit Pedalen, die sehr gut mit dem Amp agieren.
    Klare Kaufempfehlung für alle, die nicht alles brauchen, sondern den einen Sound suchen!

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