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Milkman Sound

Tim Marcus of Milkman Sound is building incredibly high quality amps that recall the greatest amps in Fender's catalog. Each model sports very useable features and breathtaking tones that have caught the ear of some of the finest players in the business.

Models We Love

The Amp

What is The Amp? First and foremost, it's a 50W guitar amplifier. The preamp is based around a single 12AX7 running at high voltage in a discrete Class A circuit. The tube preamp reacts with a guitar the same way any tube amplifier does: it generates harmonics and the sweet sounding high fidelity tone that tubes are known for.

Along with tube EQ, there are on-board reverb and tremolo effects so that The Amp can be used as a grab and go amplifier. Foot switches for bypassing the effects are built in. A Class D power section delivers 50 watts into 8 ohms, or 100 watts into 4 ohms. The Speakon combination jack for speaker output takes either a standard 1/4" connection or a locking Speakon connector for extra security.

The Amp 100

The Amp 100 is the new high power addition to The Amp model line that set the standard for pedalboard sized tube/Class D hybrid guitar amps in 2018. Maximum wattage has been increased to 100w and an integrated FET boost circuit and dual control reverb has been added. A black finish with Walnut end panels and silver knobs completes the new look.

Pint | 10 Watts

The Pint is a Milkman model designed to add a little bit more power to the low power Half Pint circuit. A custom Mercury Magnetics output transformer allows for parallel single ended 6V6 output. The Pint delivers 10 clean watts and 18 snarling overdriven watts when the amp is pushed all the way. Reverb and tremolo and Class A single ended breakup is the name of the game.

Creamer | 20 Watts

The Creamer is designed to be versatile. It includes an adjustable cathode bias circuit so the user can easily substitute 6L6 or 6V6 output tubes with no need to rebias the output tubes.

There's a rear-mounted switch that maintains an 8 ohm output regardless of which tube type is used. Inside the chassis, you'll find an internal bias adjustment should you want to fine tune the cathode bias when using vintage tubes (which draw more current).

Tim Marcus
"I like to refine my circuits and layouts to the point where they are so simple that it's almost a joke. Each time I build an amplifier I refine it more and more. The goal is not to make it easier to build or save money - a simple amp circuit just tends to sound best."

Company Story | Episode 1 (of 3)