Vintage 47 Oahu Tweed Rochester MN

The VA-172 pushes a good amount of air too, and all the while the low end stays audible and chords ring clearly without any garbled, fake-sounding, over-the-top gain. There’s also an extension speaker jack, which is an awesome touch. Is the VA-172 funky sounding? Yup. Is it for everybody? Probably not. But hell, it’s a great studio tool and you can even put a mic on it at the gig and have a powerfully portable and wild-sounding blues rig!

Schmitt Music Center
(507) 288-1960
1765 Highway 52 N
Rochester, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Welhaven Music Co
(507) 282-4286
15 N Broadway
Rochester, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Schmitt Music Center
(507) 288-1968
1765 Highway 52 N.
Rochester, MN
 
HOFFMAN MADSEN MUSIC STUDIO
712 1ST ST NW
Rochester, MN
 
Welhaven Music
(507) 282-4286
15 North Broadway
Rochester, MN
 
Rockchester Pro Music
(507) 252-9197
1312 7Th St Nw
Rochester, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Diffley Music Studios
(507) 533-8432
100 5Th Ave Ne
Stewartville, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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PETIT MUSIC
(507) 696-9000
2765 COMMERCE DR NW
Rochester, MN
 
Avalon Music Centre, Inc.
(507) 288-6311
301 N. Broadway
Rochester, MN
 
GARYS PIANO SERVICE
(507) 775-7086
1260 SUNDANCE CT NE
Byron, MN
 
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Vintage 47 Oahu Tweed

VA-172 OAHU TWEED SUITCASE

Perhaps the most adorable of the four Vintage47 amps reviewed here, the VA-172 is based on a 1948 class A Supro circuit housed in a 1942 Oahu suitcase-style cabinet. Armed with my SG, I turned the amp’s Volume and Tone controls halfway up and was quickly rewarded with an aggressive bark that was enhanced when I really dug into the strings. Power chords snarl like a pissed-off Doberman and lead lines squawked with a vengeance when I really dug into the strings. There is also a lovely string-to-string clarity that works wonders with your playing dynamics. The 8" hemp-coned speaker coupled with super-low wattage gives off a whiff of lo-fi raggedness that I found cool for early- Kinks-type riffing and general garage-tone zaniness. High Volume and Tone settings can get a bit prickly in the top end, so be careful. The VA-172 pushes a good amount of air too, and all the while the low end stays audible and chords ring clearly without any garbled, fake-sounding, over-the-top gain. There’s also an extension speaker jack, which is an awesome touch. Is the VA-172 funky sounding? Yup. Is it for everybody? Probably not. But hell, it’s a great studio tool and you can even put a mic on it at the gig and have a powerfully portable and wild-sounding blues rig!

SPECIFICATIONS

CONTACT Vintage47 Amps, (707) 480-6511; vintage47amps.com

MODEL VA-172 Oahu Tweed Suitcase

PRICE $495 direct

CHANNELS One

CONTROLS Volume, Tone

TUBES JJ 6V6 power...

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