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The tweed covering feels very nice and seems to be of high quality material
Mains cord is non-detachable and fairly short (~4 ft)
Noise floor is very low even with the volume at maximum
Good amount of volume on tap for a 5w amp into a single 30w, 10” speaker. (ie cranked is well over what most people would consider ‘bedroom level’)
Tone control is very useable throughout the range - I keep it around 4 for single coils and would have it closer to 10 for humbuckers.
Corner protectors are ugly but adequately perform the task of protecting whilst simultaneously covering the not-quite-fender tweed job
Handle seems to be made of a strong composite leather - not the shitty rubber fender handles that comes stock on Fender Hot Rod’s and Bassmans
No foil insulation inside back panel, though doesn't seem to be required as noise is minimal
Dimensions: 37cm wide x 37.5cm tall (not including feet and handle) x 23.5cm deep
Price: £305 delivered (~$520 AUD / ~$370 USD)
Speaker is a Celestion Tube 10 - nice papery sound to match the 50s tweed tone but stays firm when pushed. Seems very nicely matched to the amp. The lows are very very satisfying with the amp - not boomy and not thin either.
The missus even said “wow, it’s such an ‘organic’ sound!” - An ironic choice of words that could only hold value coming from a non musician such as herself.
Tubes: Ruby 12AX7, Ruby 6V6, unknown brand 6Z4 rectifier, according to Juketone: “a rarity amongst amplifiers of this price and plays a large part in identifying a strong vintage tone.” It seems that Chinese 6Z4’s are abundant on eBay, thus I am not overly worried if this ‘rare’ one kicks it.
In many ways the build quality is better than my ‘59 Bassman LTD, this before even considering that the Royal Blood is handwired PTP. Overall, I am incredibly impressed with the tone and build quality of this amp at this price point. As a point of reference, my main amp is a 100w Marshall super lead (reissue, non-HW) and a Fender '59 Bassman LTD. Previously a DRRI as well.
When it’s time to for me to move back to Australia in July, I’m already worried I’ll be too attached to sell it!
Clips to come.