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mick55
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 1:13 am    Post subject: Tokai tube amps? Reply with quote

Has Tokai ever made any serious large size tube amp before?
I was just always wondering this.
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 10:29 am    Post subject: Re: Tokai tube amps? Reply with quote

mick55 wrote:
Has Tokai ever made any serious large size tube amp before?
I was just always wondering this.


Nope... not to my recollection, anyway. The little solid state tweed Champ style combo is the only one I'm aware of.
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.guitarsjapan.com/1981_7okai_TA-35_Champ_Amplifier.html

This?
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mick55 wrote:
http://www.guitarsjapan.com/1981_7okai_TA-35_Champ_Amplifier.html

This?


Looks like it but the ones I've seen have tweed tolex on it..... not bare wood. Perhaps this one was stripped and finished.
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
mick55 wrote:
http://www.guitarsjapan.com/1981_7okai_TA-35_Champ_Amplifier.html

This?


Looks like it but the ones I've seen have tweed tolex on it..... not bare wood. Perhaps this one was stripped and finished.


Yes, that ones been stripped. The look much bigger in the pictures thay are only 12" square, sound great though, transistor or not!
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tokai UK used to have a small valve amp on their website with the statement - Coming Soon !!

They never appeared.

They were however being made by Matamp at their factory in Huddersfield. Could well be they were rebadged and are now for sale in Canada and the UK as a limited run.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Matamp-Spirit-4-watt-valve-amp-combo-8-Jenson-speaker-/150442997142?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Amplifiers_RL&hash=item230719f596

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-TWEED-MATAMP-SPIRIT-1X8-4-WATT-TUBE-COMBO-JENSEN-/290398155701?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item439d1433b5


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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely a Tokai cab, very cool looking little amp!
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool... I'd buy that one
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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnA wrote:
Definitely a Tokai cab, very cool looking little amp!



Your spot on John

Just seen one of these in the flesh at the Northern Guitar Show, Haydock Park today - very nice indeed.

The story I was given was that Tokai Uk imported New Old Stock Tokai TA-35 Cabinets and had Matamp put a Valve amp into them.

They had a Matamp metal plaque on the front above the speaker, but Tokai etched into the control panel on the top. On the back stuck on was was a Tokai, Musical Instruments of the World black panel with white lettering.

There are two versions, one has reverb and the other has an attenuator.

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that MATAMP/TOKAI hybrid is an amp i seriously have GAS for!Cheers fellas ,you may have just made me even poorer if i pull the trigger....

Resist!!!Resist!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mojo hobo wrote:
Now that MATAMP/TOKAI hybrid is an amp i seriously have GAS for!Cheers fellas ,you may have just made me even poorer if i pull the trigger....

Resist!!!Resist!!!


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Alas I couldn't resist !!

http://officialmatampownersclub.yuku.com/topic/3938/t/Matamp-Spirit-Combo.html

One is on it's way to me right now !!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's arrived

There is no doubt that the Matamp is housed in an old Tokai cabinet

Check it out for yourself.





I've put an alnico celetsion speaker in the Tokai and at present it's the better sounding of the two for the clean tone!

Here's some shots of the inside of the Matamp Spirit - One of the transformers states it's from a Minimat



Nice boutique point to point wiring !



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very classy, clean wiring - nice junction points.

That is a very nice looking amp. Great simple, clean lines.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the simplicity of the wiring and electronics is a thing of beauty. Like looking at the engine of a 65 Mustang compared to the current model.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice indeed
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