Carol-Ann TripR Head in Ivory

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$ 2,795.00 
The Carol-Ann TripR amp is a cathode biased, three channel, 35 watt design covering an amazing amount of ground.  Alan Phillips designed this circuit from the ground up to be a true player's amp with all the versatility and road-worthy construction he could muster.

Clean? - The clean channel (Channel A) is remarkably clean, with a very nice sparkle and shimmer. This channel also makes for a great pedal platform and it's able to handle a strong signal before breaking up, thus playing very well with most overdrive and distortion pedals. Not at all an easy feat with typical amps of this type. Want some light bluesy crunch out of the clean channel? No problem. You can get some smooth breakup
when the Input Level is increased.

Overdrive? -
The TripR covers early Marshall classic rock tones to the most aggressive modern metal. It achieves it's gain a little different than other amps. Many like to cascade high numbers of gain stages to produce distortion, and it works, but in the process a considerable amount of your tone and dynamics are lost. That's why typical overdrive is compressed sounding and lacks the punch and response that a clean channel has. Alan generate his overdrive through superior design. He runs each gain stage to its extreme, just keeping them this side of instability. This method preserves your dynamics which drastically improves your ability to cut through the mix. It also helps keep noise to a minimum and emphasizes the harmonic overtones of each note without ever sounding bright or harsh.

Operation of Clean Channel (A) - Start with your input level. The best way to describe this control is to compare it to typical amps with hi and lo inputs. On these type of amps, you'd typically chose the input based on what guitar you are using. A tele, strat, or the like would go into the high input, while a guitar with hotter pickups would go into the lo input. The idea is to get as hot a signal as possible without overdriving the front end. The TripR has a knob for fine tuning that input level so you can precisely find your desired input level, and not have to choose one of two preset levels the manufacturer deemed appropriate. This is important to achieve the strongest, purest signal for the clean channel. For those guitar players out there familiar with running sound, this control is essentially a carefully designed trim or input gain control. If you're not looking for pristine cleans, crank the INPUT LEVEL to produce a bit of overdrive in the clean channel, and increase the gain in the others. As a rule of thumb, the INPUT LEVEL will typically live in the 12:00 o'clock to 2:00 o'clock region.   The rest of the clean channel then works as expected. Set the INPUT LEVEL, and then you have tone controls and then MASTER-A is your master volume.

Operation of Overdrive Channels (B & C) - The overdrive channels consist of two identical channels (Channel B and Channel C) and each one has a switch that changes the particular channel to either 'Classic' or 'Modern' voicings. The 'classic' voicing produces 70's and 80's Marshall tones with a very wide and complex sound stage with no buzz or brittle high frequencies. The 'Modern' setting has more gain and bottom end for those more modern heavy rhythm, dropped tunings. This channel also makes for a superb liquid lead channel with incredible sustain and harmonic bloom.

Each overdrive channel also has it's own DRIVE control so you can independently set the amount of gain/overdrive for each channel. As well, each overdrive channel has it's own master volume, MASTER-B, and MASTER-C. And if that wasn't enough, the TripR also has a LEAD MASTER control.

Operation of the Lead Master Control - You can tell Alan has done his share of gigging! The LEAD MASTER is a footswitchable feature that allows you to override the master volume for whatever overdrive channel you are on. Let's say you're on overdriven Channel B. The MASTER-B knob is set at 1:00 o'clock. You can have the LEAD MASTER set at 3:00 o'clock and when you hit the footswitch, the TripR's volume will jump to the 3:00 o'clock setting. As well, if you have the LEAD MASTER knob set at 9:00 o'clock, the volume will drop down to the 9:00 o'clock setting when you hit the footswitch.

35 watts, Cathode Biased

Power Tubes:
2 x EL34
Preamp Tubes:
3 x 12AX7, 1 x 5751

Controls: Global Input Level
(affects all channels)

Channel A (clean):
Bass, Middle Treble

Channel B & C (overdriven):
Bass, Middle, Treble

Channel B
Drivel Level & Classic/Modern Switch

Channel C
Drivel Level & Classic/Modern Switch

Independent Master Volumes for A, B, & C

Lead Master Control for B & C
(like a boost of sorts)

Global Presence Control
(affects all channels)
Hand Built & Hand-Wired Construction!

Tube Effects Loop
3 Button Footswitch Included. It controls: Clean/OD, B/C, & Lead Master Boost with LEDs
1 x 8 ohm, 1 x 16 ohm

21" W x 10.25" D x 10" H (minus feet)