Merlin – ’57 Princeton / Champ – 8 Inch


(2 customer reviews)

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Providing warm tube sound, this little champ nails that authentic tweed amp tone, and is perfect for home practice, studio, or intimate gigs.

We used the original 5F2a Tweed Princeton schematic – which is basically a 5F1 Champ with an added tone control – and packed it into a beautiful tweed pine cabinet.

True to the original, the Merlin is hand constructed and soldered on eyelet board. We only used components of excellent quality, such as Sprague Orange Drop® capacitors, Ruby® Tubes and Celestion® speakers.

This single-ended class A design delivers wonderful cleans at low to moderate volumes. When turned up, you are indulged with a unique touch-sensitive overdrive.

The Merlin amplifier is covered in expertly applied tweed covering, while the period-correct oxblood grille cloth, genuine leather handle, and chickenhead knobs complete the aesthetic package for this little amp.

Just like the original tweed Champ, the Merlin uses a tube rectifier, which provides extra compression for that true vintage tone.

  • Tweed amp clone using the 5F2a Champ / Princeton circuit
  • Celestion® Eight 15 speaker
  • Ruby® 6V6 output tube and Ruby® 12ax7 preamp tube
  • Sprague Orange Drops® coupling capacitors
  • Tube rectifier
  • Controls: volume and tone
  • Pine cabinet
  • Tweed amp covering
  • Leather handle
  • Chickenhead knobs
  • 5 watts
Weight 9 kg
Dimensions 37 × 23 × 39 cm

2 reviews for Merlin – ’57 Princeton / Champ – 8 Inch

  1. Michael Riordan (verified owner)

    Great amp, just one comment. When it arrived one of the lamps was detached, other than that, it’s a terrific sounding amplifier.

  2. Jörg H. (verified owner)

    Everything from and at „birdsong-amps“ is really outstanding.
    – The amp itself sounds very wonderfull. From the finest clean sounds to a real fat overdrive sound, the Merlin has everytime much more as usual
    – For such a great sounding and valuable amp, the price is really cheap
    – The delivery of the amp is extremely quick
    – The contact with „birdsong-amps“ is very nice, warm, friendly and professionell
    – If it would be possible to give more than 5 points, I would not hesitate to give much more
    Thanks to everyone at „birdsong-amps“

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