Merlin – ’57 Tweed Champ

From 399,00

(4 customer reviews)

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, JJ® or Shuguang® Tubes and a Celestion® speaker.

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 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.


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  • Tweed amp clone using the 5F2a Champ / Princeton circuit
  • Celestion® Eight 15 speaker
  • Sprague Orange Drops® coupling capacitors
  • 6V6 output tube and 12ax7 preamp tube (Shuguang® or JJ®)
  • 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

4 reviews for Merlin – ’57 Tweed Champ

  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. Johan Pauwels (store manager)

    Great little amp!

  3. Tuomas Hillervo (verified owner)

  4. Pierre

    Great Amp ! Warm tone, subtly compressed. No “hum” ; light weight. I love it for Everyday use.

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