Kestrel – ’57 Princeton / Champ – 10 Inch

416,00

(9 customer reviews)

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Like the BirdSong Merlin, this amp is based on the coveted 5F2a Champ / 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.

 

  • 5F2a Champ / Princeton circuit
  • Celestion® Ten 30 speaker
  • Sprague Orange Drops® coupling capacitors
  • Ruby® 6V6 and Ruby® 12ax7 tubes
  • Tube rectifier
  • Handwired on eyelet board
  • Pine cabinet
  • Tweed covering
  • Genuine leather handle
  • Chickenhead knobs
  • One Volume and one tone control
  • 5 watts of tube power
Weight10 kg
Dimensions44 × 27 × 44 cm

9 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!

  5. Wolfgang (verified owner)

    I already own the peregrin from BirdSong, and my curiosity brought me to trying the kestrel, too. Quickly, it convinced me also, so I kept it. It has a surprising amount of bass which I didn’t expect from an amp of this size. I have a lot of fun with it! On stage, i love playing in stereo with the kestrel and the peregrin. What a big sound!

  6. Simon Lingbeek (verified owner)

    Really nice amp, works very well with all of my guitars. Especially on high volume it sounds great. Furthermore it eats pedals.

  7. Peter (verified owner)

    Optisch einwandfrei, Klang wie erhofft der immer gesuchte geile Fender-Vintage Sond. Jetzt muß ich nur noch etwas besser spielen, um wie meine Gitarrenhelden zu klingen. Das üben macht mit dem Teil so richtig Spass.

  8. Thomas P. (verified owner)

    Great sound for little money!

  9. Jako Kruidenier (verified owner)

    10″ Celestion does not have the “creamy” sound as expected. Have replaced it with a 12″ celestion greenback and this sounds much better in the low and mid region.

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