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All our used Sessionette amplifiers are
A+ - Nearly New
All are serviced and RetroTone upgraded
Amplifiers are CONSERVED. We DO NOT restore them cosmetically, other than a clean-up and fit new corners and handles where appropriate.
A+ Example sold for £359 + carr inc foot switch
A+ Example sold for £325 + carr inc foot switch
Buying used Sessionettes
Over 55,000 made between
Fact... There is no one making a small, easily transportable, loud combo that has a truly classic 'old school' tone and is made to professional standards!
Old School Tone: Unlike most modern amps, the EQ is 'pre' distortion. This means the EQ'd sound is distorted much like an amp turned up too loud, where the distortion is created in the power amp. This is how the old blues players got their guitar sound!
Sessionette is a high quality 'tranny' amp. The cost reflects that fact once upgraded, but you have to also take into account the quality of tone and its price will be offset by NOT having to buy replacement valves/tubes... ever!
Transistors do not change the tone with age. Its tone today, will be the same for its whole life time!
If you are buying a Sessionette off eBay, please remember to ask the following basic questions:
Q: RetroTone II upgraded Sessionettes have a yellow label outside next to the AC inlet socket and inside the chassis - stating the date and job number! No label = not upgraded! Ask for photo evidence.
Q: Does it come with the original footswitch?
Q: Does the reverb work?
Q: Which speaker is fitted? It should be a Celestion G12 80 or G12K 85 8 ohms for a 1x12". A few very late 1987+ amps had a custom Fane 8 ohms speaker with no label on it.
Q: 2 x Celestion G10S 50 16 ohms for the 2 x 10" version. The 2 x 12" model had Celestion G12S 50s 16 ohms installed. Anything else is NOT original!
Q: Is it in normal working condition?
Q Is there any hum in the background? There should not be!
It is rare for the power transformer to be faulty. Other than replacing any of the components listed above, the cost of repair is likely to be quite reasonable.
Some are offered as 'Serviced by Award-Session.' This DOES NOT mean it was RetroTone II upgraded as well. There were no RetroTone II upgrades carried out prior to January 2012.
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