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The BluesBaby™ Advantages

1. Built to high quality standards!

2. Sound quality just like a tube/valve amp! Really!

3. Can save £1000s in tube and heat related repair bills over its lifetime!

4. Well over half the weight of a valve amp!

Aren't solid state amps buzzy & cold sounding?

True, most budget amps are... but not Session's though! Ours have a radical power amp module that's an entirely different design to those currently on offer!

When any guitarist uses one of the top name distortion pedals to create their guitar sounds, then they are already using the same type of solid state technology that Award-Session uses inside BluesBaby!

However, Session's 21st Century design 'ConCur™' power amp modules are the reason for BB's success... it ensures buzzy, cold tones can never happen. Prepare to be totally impressed!

What do they sound like?

Imagine a small 1 x12" Twin Reverb® sounding amp with built in distortion and weighing as little as 10.6kg (~23lbs). BB has that classic American tone. But, is so much more versatile with monster 'on-the-edge' breakup ability along with sweet power amp distortion. And, very controllable volume in the livingroom too!

Both BB22 & BB45 have the same pre-amp... so will sound identical, except BB45 will be louder and have more clean headroom

Achieving Maximum Clean Headroom

Some players struggle with finding this

Both BB22 and BB45 can provide clean headroom up to their rated power. BB45 is loud and will satisfy most players

Important procedure...

Plug in your guitar directly into the amp input and turn the guitar's volume to maximum

• Any attempt to set up a clean tone with the MASTER volume contol set to a low setting will not work... it is essential that you set the MASTER volume control to 12... not 7 to 11, but 12!

• Now use the GAIN control to set the BB's
volume to the level you require

• Ensure that there are no effects pedals connected
to the amplifier at all!

• Using a ‘Standard’ Strat, Telecaster or Les Paul Standard, with normal output pickups, it is perfectly possible to get a clean sound using this method. Even with the Standard version!

Playing guitar at home

Because of the way our hearing works, playing any amp at home will not sound the same as it will on stage when played loudly.

All guitar amps played at low volume levels in a domestic situation will expose a slight harshness in the tone. This is normal and NO ONE can eradicate this affect. Read more here

Servicing

Regular servicing of the type that is usually associated with valve amps, is not required for solid state amps. There is nothing inside which 'runs down', like valves do. So there are huge running cost savings over time, compared to valve amps

For all amplifiers, heat is the one thing that makes amps unreliable. High levels can shorten the life of most of the components inside... especially power transformers, electrolytic capacitors, resistors and even the solder!

Award-Session designs its amplifiers to run cooler than valve amps and budget solid state amplifiers. This involves costly hardware and more adequately rated components. This is reflected in the cost of our amplifiers

There is no need to 're-cap' solid state amplifiers in the way it is considered essential for valve amps, as there is far less damaging heat to dry them out.

Fed up with 'multiple' Blues Junior failures?

Good news, BB22 or BB45 chassis will both also fit into a Fender Blues Junior cabinet without any modification needed! It is a straight swap... that simple!

If you've suffered multiple expensive failures with your BJr and have had enough, then a BluesBaby chassis 'transplant' may be your best solution!

Customers tell us that the BluesBaby has given them superior loudness and tonal quality

Need a cover?

We don't supply them, but a customer said these are rather good!

Roqsolid

We have no affiliation with Roqsolid

More BB
Info Pages

BB Guide
Getting The Best Out Of BB

Download The BluesBaby User Manual Here

What customers are saying about BluesBaby!

Photos too!

Please...
try the above page links before asking questions via email!

Customer Comments

Associating it with a Blues Junior is doing it a great disservice... although I do see how and why the amp came about in the first place. I can't stop playing mine.

Brian Carter

 

BluesBaby Python Model

50years2

'The Guitar Magazine' said:
"They are totally addictive and totally tweed!"

BluesBaby Country Model

Custom covering: Kayhide® ASC41 'Country Western' Vinyl

BB22 & BB45 Overall Specifications

  • BB22: 22 Watts RMS into an 8 Ohm load - via our unique logarithmic power amp driver circuitry, fattening the tone as you play louder!

  • BB45: 45 Watts RMS into an 8 Ohm load - via our unique logarithmic power amp driver circuitry, fattening the tone as you play louder!

  • NEW BB45/HH - Special version featuring switchable Normal/High Headroom. Use hotter pickups in HH mode and get a totally clean sound as well as reduced overdriven tones too. Option at modest extra cost

  • BB22 & BB45 are equipped with our 'ConCur™' power amp driver circuitry

  • 10" & 12" Speakers - options as stated in the speaker listings

  • Loud as any 22 or 45 Watt valve amp - into a typical 100db sensitivity guitar speaker

  • Good amount of clean headroom - up to full 22 or 45 Watts before distortion sets in

  • Pre-amp based on our revered JD10 (Jerry Donahue) pedal!

  • Pedal capability - add your pedals with confidence, BB 'takes' pedals very well

  • Front panel controls - Drive, FAT Switch, Treble, Bass, Middle, Master (Volume), Reverb, LED Indicator and 'toggle' Power Switch, PRESENCE switch, BLACKFACE/PLEXI switch (Toggles the EQ Mid centre frequency between approx 300Hz and 700Hz)

  • Post distortion EQ - Produces much wider ranging jazz, blues, rock & country tones

  • Reverb - Triple spring 8EB2C1B type

  • Aux MP3 input - 500mV rms/22k ohms (Stereo mixed to Mono). Play along to backing tracks at bars or for practise

  • Line Out socket - Plug BB into your favourite power amp and speakers - does NOT mute internal speaker

  • Toroidal power transformer - for 70% less hum radiation than most amps! Perfect for all single coil, especially P-90, equipped guitars! Stand nearer to your amp and pickup far less hum!

  • External 8 ohm speaker jack - Internal speaker disconnects to allow the amp's 1/4" output to be used with external 8 ohm speaker enclosures

  • BluesBaby™ can drive any size or number of speakers - as long as their total combined impedance is 8 ohms. BB is designed to work with an 8 Ohm speaker load only.

  • The power amp section is fully 'short circuit' protected

  • FAT & Reverb footswitch jack socket - footswitches not included

  • White-on-Black 'right way reading' control panel

  • Chassis Dimensions BB22 - its mounting locations enable it to fit directly into a Blues Junior® cabinet - 415W x 160D x 65H mm (inc 15mm side mounting lugs) - OK with standard BJr speaker in place.

    Chassis only customers: Please check your intended speaker will fit before ordering BB22!

  • Chassis Dimensions BB45 - its mounting locations enable it to fit directly into a Blues Junior® cabinet - View Dims Doc Here.

    The maximum speaker depth must NOT exceed 123mm!

    THE CLASSIC LEAD 80 WILL NOT FIT INTO BB45 MODELS
    .
    Please be aware that other speakers may not fit either! Those listed right will all fit BB45 OK, except CL80.

    Chassis only customers: Please check your intended speaker will fit before orderingBB45!

  • Bright Red 10mm power LED indicator fitted standard - Blue optional!

  • Weight - BB22: from 10.2kg/22.4lbs - BB45: from 10.6kg/23.32lbs

  • Combo Dimensions: 41 × 46 × 23.5 cm (16 × 18 × 9.2 ins)

  • Standard IEC power inlet socket - AC cable not included

  • 12 months warranty

  • 100% designed and built in Britain!

USA CUSTOMERS!
The Chassis section will directly fit into the RawCabs cabinets
available on eBay!

Buy the chassis only version with confidence!

 

BluesBaby Rear Panel

Rear Panel Facilities
Aux/MP3 Input, Fat & Reverb F/S Socket & External Speaker Socket

 

SWITCHABLE HIGH CLEAN HEADROOM MODEL

BluesBaby Control Panel

If you play Jazz, Standards or Big Band styles, or just use hot pickups, then we advise you to choose the NEW BB45/HH version with switchable extended clean headroom. This will remove the worry of distortion creeping into the tone until the amp reaches full output.

Some players do seem to have trouble finding a clean tone, so this just makes it much easier for those players... but fairly obviously, at the loss of maximum overdrive depth

A point to remember... getting a distorted sound when playing BB45/HH at LOUD volumes can mean you are running out of power! Please turn it down in such a case!

It is designated BB45/HH. Available in both combo and chassis only formats

 

Reviews

Nominee       BluesBaby 22 G&B review

Click the image & read the full review

 

What 'The Guitar Magazine' Said...

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45W version only 10.6kg - 23.4lbs!

If you need a lightweight & portable loud classic sounding combo... it will have to be a BluesBaby. There's nothing else like it!

Order with Celestion Creamback NEO speaker

 

Customers' Demo Videos

Heavy distortion sounds @ 15:00mins!

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OK... tell me how BluesBaby is different to other solid state amps!

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Build Method and Progress Reports

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When you place your order, a confirmation is automatically sent to you. There is no further contact until your order is ready to ship. Further, we do not send 'progress reports' as there's nothing much to report until it's finally ready

BluesBaby™ amps are built in small batches of 5, 10 or 20 units. Each batch goes through the system together, therefore, it is not possible for us to give an exact date of despatch

We collect payment approximately 7 days prior to your order being ready for despatch. Earlier if it has an uncommon cabinet covering. So checking your card account could give you a very good indication that it's nearly ready to be sent to you

30 day trial

 

Chassis Only - Order Here

USA CUSTOMERS!
The 115VAC Chassis section will directly fit into the RawCabs cabinets
available on eBay!

Buy the chassis only version with confidence!

All orders received from USA will be AUTOMATICALLY shipped for 115VAC operation, unless specifically requested as another AC voltage at the checkout message

Chassis only USA delivery: £15.00 extra - 3/4 day service

£1 is approximately $1.30 - October 6th 2017

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Want to build your own custom combo or head cabinet and use BB chassis to power it? Sure, no problem... order it here!

BluesBaby 22 Chassis Only:

BB22-CH - Chassis only. Price: £210.00 Includes UK delivery - Add to Cart

BluesBaby 45 Chassis Only:

BB45-CH - Chassis only. Price: £265.00 - Includes UK delivery - Add to Cart

High Headroom version provides even more clean headroom BB45/HH-CH - Switchable High Clean Headroom Chassis only. Price: £285.00 - Includes UK delivery - Add to Cart

Choose your indicator & knob colours:

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart
Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart Sorry, blue not currently available.

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart
White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

* = standard issue colours if not specified

Why not order your reverb tray too?

8EB2C1B Reverb Tray. Price: £23.00 - Includes UK & EU shipping when ordered with chassis - Add to Cart

DOWNLOAD CHASSIS DIMENSIONS PDF

Prices include £10 contribution towards delivery to UK and some EC countries. Remote EU countries may attract a £5 shipping charge extra. We will inform you by email


Other Useful Details:

Product Update: All chassis are now built with the Plexi (1)/Blackface (2) & Presence (+ ON) switches (mini-toggles) located on the front control panel as shown in the image below

BluesBaby Control Panel 2

Comes complete with 10 x 5mm mounting screws -
6 for the back panel - and cup washers!

Good news, BB22 or BB45 chassis will both also fit into a Fender Blues Junior® cabinet without any modification needed! It is a straight swap... that simple!

If you've suffered multiple expensive failures with your BJr and have had enough, then a BluesBaby chassis 'transplant' may be your best solution! Customers tell us that the BluesBaby has given them superior loudness and warmer tonal quality

SADLY, the BB22 or BB45 chassis will NOT fit into a Sessionette:75, Rockette:30, Duette:110, Duette:112 or any other Session amp cabinet

 

Full Combo - Step 1 - Order Your Basic Amp
Please take your time:

Before ordering, please read our RETURNS POLICY

Select the 'BASE' combo amp you would like from the list immediately below... Then add the cabinet finish and grille cloth upgrades you desire:


Standard Versions

BB22-112 - Basic 12" combo amp. Price: £410.00 - Includes UK delivery - Add to Cart

BB45-112 - Complete basic 12" combo amp. Price: £465.00 - Includes UK delivery - Add to Cart


Switchable High Headroom BB45:

HH = Normal high-gain or lower gain extra clean High Headroom to accommodate higher output pickups... at the flip of a switch. This function cannot be made foot switchable

Note: In HH mode the clean headroom is always limited to the power rating of the amplifier. That means if distortion occurs, then you are exceeding the power capability of the amplifier!

Totally clean guitar may not be as
loud as you might expect!

BB45-HH-112 - Switchable High Clean Headrrom basic 12" combo amp. Price: £485.00 - Includes UK delivery - Add to Cart

Prices include £10 contribution towards delivery to UK and some EC countries. Remote EU countries may attract a £10 shipping charge extra. We will inform you by email.

SESSION AMPS CANNOT BE SHIPPED WITHOUT A SESSION BADGE FITTED!

 

Full Combo - Step 2 - Order Preferred Cabinet Finish:

custom finishes

Factoid: The 'Tolex' brand of vinyl cloth no longer exists, the company closed around 2000. *Kayhide®, USA is now the premier cabinet covering cloth. (* A product of Kayline Processing, Inc.)

The Kayhide quality can be recognised by the crisp high definition of its leather grain effect and printing. Far Eastern made replicas simply do not live up to the Kayhide standard, but Kayhide's quality comes at a comparable price!

Please select the cabinet finish you'd like...


Black Bronco Cabinet - Kayhide

Black Cabinet with Black Grille - This is our STANDARD finish
Price: £0.00 - Add to Cart

Black Cabinet with PLAIN Oxblood Grille Upgrade -
Price: £5.00 - Add to Cart

Black Cabinet with Oxblood & STRIPES Grille Upgrade -
Price: £5.00 - Add to Cart


*Country Western Cabinet - Kayhide

Country Western Cabinet with Black Grille upgrade -
Price: £30.00 - Add to Cart


*Indigo Python Cabinet - Kayhide

Indigo Python Cabinet with Black Grille upgrade -
Price: £30.00 - Add to Cart

 

*B&W Zebra Cabinet - Kayhide

Zebra Cabinet with Black Grille upgrade -
Price: £30.00 - Add to Cart

* May have to be specially ordered and add extra time to the shipping date. A black rear chassis back panel is supplied with this option


Reclaimed Antique Birch Cabinet

'Reclaimed' Antique Lacquered Birch Ply Cabinet Upgrade with PLAIN Oxblood Grille - Price: £30.00 - Add to Cart

'Reclaimed' Antique Lacquered Birch Ply Cabinet Upgrade with Oxblood & STRIPES Grille - Price: £30.00 - Add to Cart

'Reclaimed' Antique Lacquered Birch Ply Cabinet Upgrade with Black Grille - Price: £25.00 - Add to Cart


Tweed Cabinet

1950s Style Tweed Cabinet with PLAIN Oxblood Grille Upgrade
Price: £30.00 - Add to Cart

1950s Style Tweed Cabinet with Oxblood Grille with STRIPES Upgrade Price: £30.00 - Add to Cart

1950s Style Tweed Cabinet with Black Grille Upgrade
Price: £25.00 - Add to Cart

Custom Finishes - If you'd like another cabinet finish not listed above, please contact us by email and we'll quote you a price. Please bare in mind, that prices will include carriage wher applicable

Please Note: NOT selecting an alternative cabinet finish means your amp will be made in 'Two-Tone Black' by default

From 1st August 2017 - Genuine Award-Session manufactured cabinets have a label of authenticity inside the cabinet.

 

Full Combo - Step 3 - Order Preferred Speaker

Please choose your speaker here:

Celestion V-Type 8 Ohm Speaker Option - included in BASE price
Price: £0.00 - Add to Cart

Celestion A-Type 8 Ohm Speaker Option - included in BASE price
Price: £0.00 - Add to Cart

Celestion Creamback NEO 8 Ohm Speaker Option - adds £55.00 to base price - ULTIMATE LIGHTWEIGHT & CLASSIC TONE
Price: £55.00 - Add to Cart

Celestion Century Vintage 8 Ohm Speaker Option
Price: £79.00 - Add to Cart

 

Full Combo - Step 4 - Other Options:

Next... select your required AC Voltage, instrument cable type, AC indicator & control knob colours. They are all FREE options:

AC power wiring for 230VAC* (All Europe) - Add to Cart

AC power wiring for USA & Can, Aus, NZ... plus others - Email us for a shipping quote and details on how to order online securely

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart
Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart Sorry, blue is not currently available

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart
White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

BB22 or BB45 ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH
AN AC POWER CABLE/CORD

* = Standard issue if not specified on your order. But we'd like you to specify what you want please!

All amps are assembled to order only. Please allow 4 weeks for your custom order to be built & despatched

Don't have a Credit or Debit card?
You can SAFELY Order Here

 

UK & European Delivery Times & Charges

UK - Takes 3-5 business days from day of despatch

Europe - Takes 4-7+ business days depending on destination.

Mainland UK Delivery Cost - The purchase price includes £10 towards shipping to Mainland UK. Certain remote UK destinations are likely to attract a £5 surcharge. We will let you know before we collect your payment, or you can enquire by email

Delivery to Continental Europe & Outside Europe Cost-
Please email us for a quotation before ordering!

USA, Can, Aus, NZ & many others: We will happily send amplifiers nearly anywhere in the world. But sadly, we are not able to offer a universal shipping cost to every country. Therefore, customers resident outside Europe, PLEASE email us for a shipping quotation & online ordering instructions. It's really easy & safe. Thank you

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Attention:

Every cabinet is wood, hand assembled and finished. Therefore, there will be finish variations from one example to another. The pictures are for guidance only

Returns Policy

UK Customers: You are entitled to return the product prepaid within thirty days if you are not satisfied with it's performance - Except custom orders with special cabinet coverings. We offer this on the strict proviso that the product has not been modified in any way, misused, damaged or defaced.

Customers Outside UK: All returns must be prepaid. If the reason for return is the fault of Award-Session, we will credit your card with the reasonable shipping amount paid. Please send a copy of the receipt to us by email.

Placing an order with Award-Session indicates that you have read and understood all our Terms and Conditions of sale, published on our CONTACT page. The conditions published on this page override those published anywhere else.

Back to ordering

Our administration & returns address:
Award-Session, 34 Belvedere, Basingstoke, RG24 8GB, UK
No stock is held at this address

Sound clips: Sadly it is impossible to convey any meaningful measure of the amp's tone over the Internet. Please refer to what we have already provided in videos & audio clips. If you want to hear the amps, then please Email us to make an appointment to try one out at Basingstoke

Due to continuing product improvement, the features and the design are subject to change without notice

All trademarks acknowledged. Award-Session has no affiliation with their owners.

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BluesBaby & Les Paul Special with P-90s

Studio Recorded Audio:
Crunch only

BluesBaby & Les Paul
with Burstbuckers

Studio Recorded Audio:
Clean - Full Drive

BluesBaby & Telecaster

Studio Recorded Audio:
Clean - Full Drive

BluesBaby & ES-335
with PAFs

Studio Recorded Audio:
Clean - Full Drive

BluesBaby & CS Stratocaster

Studio Recorded Audio:
Crunch only

Tracks played and recorded at Platform Studio, Burghfield, Berks, UK by Stuart Dixon. All clips MP3-192kbps.

BluesBaby setup (all tracks):
Treble 7, Bass 5, Middle 5, EQ PLEXI, Presence On, Drive 5 (Clean) or 12 (Full Drive), speaker Celestion 'V-Type'

BluesBaby in use live

The brilliant PETE HARRIS R&B ALL STARS tearing up Koko Taylor's "I'm a Woman" at the Talking Heads in Southampton 10/10/14

Pete Harris & his 335 using BluesBaby 22 (Reclaimed finish) with a Celestion Classic Lead 80 speaker installed

Choosing Your Speaker

Take special note! The speaker is the most important component in your guitar amp!

It physically produces the air waves that your ears detect as sound. They produce cone break-up modes which the electronics has NOTHING to do with... be it a valve or transistor amp!

Celestion V-Type

Celestion V-Type speaker

We say: Probably one of the nicest speakers Celestion has ever made - and at a reasonable price too! Classic 70s vibe tonality with a hint of the preceding decade for good measure. Brighter than the A-Type. 60 Watts/8 Ohms/98dB

Fitted in BB, the whole amp
weighs only 13.5kg!

Included in the BASE price

Celestion A-Type

Celestion A-Type speaker

We say: A warmer overall tone. Turning up the amp's treble produces a 'thicker, punchy' vibe. Nice for vintage American pop and R 'n' R tones. Perfect for jazz players! 50 Watts/8 Ohms/98dB

Fitted in BB, the whole amp
weighs only 13.4kg!

Included in the base price

Celestion Creamback NEO

Our LIGHTWEIGHT Favourite!

Celestion Creamback Neo speaker

We say: Ultimate Neodymium LIGHTWEIGHT & EFFICIENCY with CLASSIC tone rather similar to the V-Type speaker; covering sixties right up to the present genres! Brilliant all-round speaker for the seasoned player looking for valve amp warmth and brightness without the valve amp weight!

A little more expensive, but worth every penny to help protect from back damage or pain! 60 Watts/8 Ohms/99dB

When fitted in BB45, the whole amp weighs only 10.6kg/23.4lbs!

Adds £55.00 to the BASE price

Celestion Century
Vintage
NEO

Century Vintage

We say: LIGHTWEIGHT & EFFICIENTCY. Aggressive 'cut through' tone with vintage rock tones. All the LOUDNESS without the weight! 60 Watts/8 Ohms/99dB

Fitted in BB45, the whole amp
weighs only 10.6kg/23.4lbs!

Adds £79.00 to the BASE price

Other Cabinet Finishes

BluesBaby black mo0del

Standard finish: Kayhide® ASC24 'Bronco' Vinyl Covered 'Two-Tone Black' Style

BluesBaby Tweed Model

The Optional 1950s Style Tweed Finish Speaker Grille: Oxblood with STRIPES

Cabinet covered with real 1950s style Tweed covering and Oxblood grille... or if you prefer, a Black grille can be fitted

BluesBaby Reclaimed Model

The 'Reclaimed/Antique Pine' Style Cabinet Option.Speaker Grille: Oxblood with STRIPES

Designed to resemble a cabinet stripped of its vinyl cloth, sanded and lacquered in antique natural. The speaker grille cloth is Oxblood.

BluesBaby Blonde Model

Custom covering - classic sixties Kayhide® ASC04 'Vintage Vanilla', commonly called 'blonde'!

Meet BB's Designer... a gigging player since 1963

Stewart Ward

Stewart Ward is a working guitarist who designs all product from the gigging viewpoint. Seen here with his favourite guitar, a 1963 Fender Telecaster

In 2017... I will have been designing and making guitar amps for fifty years! YES 50! Although making them professionally didn't start until November 1979. It's flown by... well time does when you're enjoying yourself!

I can't believe how much fun I've had meeting many famous people during that time... can't remember all of them, but Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Leo Fender*, Larry DiMarzio, Geoff Whitehorn*, Chet Atkins, Buddy Guy, BB King, Jerry Donahue, James Burton, Jan Ackerman... are just a few. And the many technical folk in the industry whom you just would not know the names (Ivor Davies*), that have helped create much of the equipment that musicians take for granted.

I am so happy to have been a small cog in that big wheel!

*Especially good geezers and thanks for all your help and time to chat technical (Leo)!

A British guitar magazine recently said...

"Fact: A well maintained, high quality valve amp will give you more than half a century of service. We don't buy into the idea that valve amps are inherently 'unreliable', but there's no doubt plenty of players are searching for valve tone without the erm, downsides..."

Award-Session says...

"Surely, the fact that any amplifier needs to be so highly maintained simply to keep it reliable is a damning admission? Players staying with valve amps will face an ongoing commitment to high cost valve replacements, with uncertain tonal results and heat related damage too.
Session has been making quality solid state amps since 1981. Many are still going strong... some untouched during this time! BluesBaby:22 & BluesBaby:45 are the first solid state amplifiers recognised to meet the tonal challenge of valve amps, but without the recurring valve amp costs of achieving that tone."

Page updated 05/08/2017

 

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