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Tokai tube amps?

Post by mick55 » Tue May 11, 2010 1:13 am

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

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Re: Tokai tube amps?

Post by marcusnieman » Tue May 11, 2010 10:29 am

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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Post by marcusnieman » Fri May 14, 2010 5:30 am

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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Post by JohnA » Fri May 14, 2010 9:33 am

marcusnieman wrote:
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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Post by chrisheyes » Fri May 14, 2010 4:19 pm

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-w ... 230719f596

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-TWEED-MATAMP- ... 439d1433b5
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Post by JohnA » Fri May 14, 2010 4:29 pm

Definitely a Tokai cab, very cool looking little amp!

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Post by marcusnieman » Fri May 14, 2010 7:20 pm

Cool... I'd buy that one

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Post by chrisheyes » Sun May 16, 2010 9:53 am

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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Post by mojo hobo » Mon May 17, 2010 7:24 am

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.... :-?

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Post by chrisheyes » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:58 am

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.co ... Combo.html

One is on it's way to me right now !!

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Post by chrisheyes » Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:52 am

It's arrived

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

Check it out for yourself.

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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

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Nice boutique point to point wiring !

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Post by Mick51 » Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:22 am

Very classy, clean wiring - nice junction points.

That is a very nice looking amp. Great simple, clean lines. 8)
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Post by marcusnieman » Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:12 am

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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Post by Dave_Mc » Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:07 am

very nice indeed :D

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