Based on our beloved taf-10X amplifier, the 10X/8C packages a super compact, lightweight 10 Watt amplifier with an efficient 8 inch speaker to create what may be the perfect low watt, light duty tube amp. The 10 Watt twin-6AQ5 class A push-pull amplifier is exactly the same circuit as you'll find in our taf-10X head, still hand built, point to point wiring, still 100% hand made.
Just like the taf-10X head at its heart, this little guy has great low end response, making it a great practice amp for bass. It overdrives willingly and is capable of a very wide range of tones through it's responsive two-knob tone control and switchable FAT and clean modes. Because of it's particular low-watt 6AQ5 character, it also makes a harmonica amp, and is just generally a fun toy.
Our goal with this amplifier was to create a low-watt, lightweight amplifier amplifier that could provide classic hand wired tube amp tones in a package small and economical enough to serve as a practice amp for students and beginners. In this, we succeeded, but also created something really special. The 10X amplifier is not only a spiritual descendant of the classic "student amps" of the 50's and 60's, but a genuine revival thereof. In addition to the simple controls and easily overdriven power stage, the light duty speaker we coupled with it is capable of some interesting low-fi character of its own.
It still packs a punch with 10 Watts of clean tube power on tap, and is more than capable of delivering plenty of undistorted headroom at lower volumes for home practice or experimentation with tones, pedals, guitars and methods, but also, it's really fun to just crank up and mess around with.
The bottom line is that this amp is right at home in your home, but even in a quiet performance space, or when amplified through a PA, it generates some truly special tones that are sure to buy it a place in your heart.
EFFICIENT SINGLE 8" SPEAKER WITH EXTERNAL SPEAKER JACK
In the spirit of keeping things small, the 10X/8C couples the taf-10X to an efficient, lightweight 8 inch speaker which can be disconnected allowing you to use the 10 watt amplifier with any 4, 8, or 16 Ohm speaker via a custom switchable output transformer.
HAND SOLDERED POINT TO POINT WIRING
Like every Tube Amp Factory product, the 10X/8C is manufactured and assembled completely by hand, and with a 100% point to point amplifier circuit, the result is a very transparent, low noise, low hum output.
EXTREMELY LIGHTWEIGHT, COMPACT PACKAGING
Part of designing an amplifier circuit optimized for point to point wiring is placing the right components in the right places, and keeping everything nice and tightly packed. As a result, the taf-10X/8C weighs less than a lot of amplifier heads.
FAT MODE, FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THEIR AMP TO MISBEHAVE A LITTLE
Within the preamp circuit, the taf-10X/8C features an inverse feedback stage which uses a filtered, inverted signal from the power stage to clean up much of the distortion created by pushing the power stage. FAT mode cancels this feedback, and allows the the low wattage 6AQ5 power stage to generate massive amounts of classic, vintage tube distortion when the volume knob is turned up high.
|Output Power||10 watts (clean mode)|
|Output Impedance||4, 8, or 16 Ohms (selectable)|
|Preamp||1 x 12AX7|
|Inverter/Driver||1 x 12AU7|
|Power Stage||2 x 6AQ5|
|1 x input jack|
|green LED power indicator|
|120VAC power input|
|2A GMA fuse|
|1 x external speaker jack|
|speaker impedence switch|
|Width x Depth x Height||14.5" x 9.5" x 18"|