The Octal Princeton is my modified version of the early Tweed Princeton. It has some important tweaks of my own and is one of my signature models. It can run either a 6V6 for 5 watts or a 5881 or 6L6WGB for 10 watts!! Cool!!! Ships with 5881 and 6V6.
It features an octal 6SL7 pre-amp tube that gives it a wide frequency response, chimey cleans and great overdrive. It is a bit brighter and more refined sounding than many tweed amps and works well with single coils, P90 and humbucker loaded guitars. The Octal Princeton is a very dynamic amp and responds beautifully to your touch.
Each one is carefully and meticulously built and tested. 90 Day warranty on tubes and 1 year on everything else. Working chassis do not carry a warranty.
5/10 Watts All Tube Power
Meticulously Hand wired
Improved grounding system minimizes hum
DC elevated heaters for low noise
Volume and Tone Controls
Hi and Low inputs
Available as a 12 inch Speaker Combo, 8 inch speaker Combo, Cage Head and Working Chassis
Combos are made of Solid Finger Joined Pine with Lacquered Tweed
8 ohm Speaker out on Combo, 4, 8 and 16 ohm out on Heads
Stainless Steel Chassis on combo, Aluminum on heads
Steel combo chassis fits all Tweed Princeton style cabs, aluminum chassis for heads, Classic Tone USA Output transformer, Hammond Power transformer, Malory 150 Tone Caps, Alpha Pots, Carling Switch, F&T, Nichicon Long Life., JJ's and Sprague Atom Electrolytic Caps, Neutrik Jacks, Special Resistor Selection for low noise, High End Tube Sockets, 12FT Cord, Finger Joined Pine for combo and head material, Weber 12F150T 12" or Weber Alinco Sig 8 speaker for combos.
The Low Down
The Octal Princeton works well for recording and practice but is not loud enough for live performance without being mic'ed. It works best for blues, country and rock and roll playing. It's takes pedals incredibly well so a wide variety of sounds can be had.
What People are Saying about the Octal Princeton:
“Arrived, up and growling. You’re a genius. Love the wattage control. It’s very 50’s fashion forward. What were they thinking back then? I just love it. Please add me to your list of endorsers. “
Just a response to your Octal amp head you did. Maravilloso! Its really lovely. I have it on the low power tubes and it is still way loud enough for anything. Love it. “
"Thank you Carl for an amazing amp..everything I wanted and then some!"
Thank you so much for the quick completion of the amp. I think the olive cage turned out beautifully. The tone of the amp is great. I’ve never played one quite like it. It sounds thick and very clear all at the same time. When I turn the tone to a more trebley setting, it manages to brighten without ever sounding harsh. Very impressed with that. The power scaling is also a huge benefit. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m still getting the hang of how the power, limit, and volume controls all interact, and I’m looking forward to recording with it. Once I do, I’ll email you the links once I upload some new songs on my bandcamp page: "
Note: This gentleman ordered the cage head that I added power control to and painted the cage green by request.
"Hello Carl, now that I've been using you amplifier for over a month - I play blues on a Gibson ES345 - I want to tell you that your Octal Princeton amp
provides the tone - the range of tones - I need. Its the only amp I need and I'm very happy. Thank you. "
"After spending only half a day with the amp, I can already say that it's nothing short of pure magic!
Till next time!"
"The purchase of my Octal Princeton Tweed from an unknown (to me) amp builder was a somewhat risky endeavor, but what the hell sometimes you gotta roll the dice. And let me tell you, I'm glad I did.
I'm writing this review after I've had about a month or so of time playing various guitars, Strat, SG, Les Paul, ES 175, Tele, Esquire.....
Carl is a total pro. He prides himself on details, details, details. After a few weeks of deciding what my needs were, I had to make the decision. Lets get it ordered.
During the build, Carl kept me updated on progress. This part, that part, cabinet done, speaker in. And the nice thing he usually answers the phone, or calls back same day.
Low and behold exactly 5 weeks later, (agreed on turnaround) I got the email, my amp was being shipped. THE WAIT WAS OVER...
The amp arrived professionally packed, actually over kill, which is a good thing these days with FedX, most drivers don't play.. I went with a 5/10W option, stand by switch and a 12'' Weber speaker. The sweet spot was easy to get to.
From a clean, chimey, rice sound, to a dirty nasty overdriven sound with affects and everything in between, this amp is very versatile. It breaks up very well, is small enough for studio practice, recording, and with the 10W option also small gigs. It handles my effects well and is shhhhhhhh, so quiet.
Lastly the looks are killer, the Tweed, cabinet controls, knobs, inputs, handle.... All quality. I will have a nice long relationship with Carl. He know amps, electronics, pick ups and is great to run questions and opinions by. Like I said, "he always answers the phone or calls back same day".
Next up.... Twin Reverb, Blackface clone."