2021 Carr Telstar 1x12" Tweed
“The key to the Telstar’s unique capabilities lies in its merger of two very different power tubes in the same push-pull output stage: a 5881 (6L6GC type) exerts solidity, control, and a bountiful low end; an EL84 slathers on sinewy, complex, overtone-laden shimmer and bite. There’s really nothing like it, yet put them together and the plethora of tones available are instantly inspiring.
Dial it all in with the aid of a Lean/Lush switch to tailor the body of the tone and a 53/58 switch to alter the gain structure and the frequencies the Tone control emphasizes, and there’s an amazingly broad range of colors and textures to explore. The Telstar easily achieves recognizable renditions of traditional sounds — tweedy, Marshally, blackfacey — all with superb dynamics and playability. But the amp’s real beauty is in the way it crafts utterly original blends from the broad sonic palette, which instantly sound iconic and expressive all on their own. Dial it all anywhere from 16 watts to 0 via the Telstar’s built-in attenuator, and it’s perfect for home, club, and studio alike.
While the Telstar always uses one EL84, the 5881 (6L6GC type) can be swapped for other conventional octal types. For you tube tasters, consider that that means it’s much easier to find a good, relatively affordable single NOS 6L6, EL34, 6V6 or even EL84 tubes than it is a matched pair. The vintage-tube explorations open up untold depths of sonic variation in the Telstar, while mixing and matching a variety of new-make tubes also enhances the amp’s flexibility. Add Carr’s lush tube-driven, long-spring reverb and it’s one big shimmering pool of three-dimensional tone in an appealingly compact package.
The Telstar’s circuit is assembled with Carr’s legendary hand-wired, point-to-point construction, using Satellite grade power components, signal elements from the golden age of analog amplification, and other high-end parts. It’s all bolted into a highly resonant house-crafted cabinet made from thin walled ultra-ply, with a ‘stressed member’ speaker baffle for optimal character.”-from the Carr website
- Hand wired point-to-point USA wiring
- Custom USA made transformers, Solen Fast Cap Film Power Supply, US-made Jupiter signal capacitors, 60s style carbon comp resistors, and more
- 16 watts power
- One Channel
- (1) 12AX7, (1) 12AT7 preamp tubes
- (1) 6SL7, (1) EL84 and (1) 5881 power tubes
- Lean/Lush, 53/58, Volume, Tone, Attenuator, On/Off/Standby controls/switches
- All tube spring reverb
- 8 ohm speaker out
- Birch plywood cabinet with Tweed cover
- Carr Valiant 12” speaker