15-Watt, 1x12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb
    Product # 611815
    15-Watt, 1x12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb
    Product # 611815
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    15-Watt, 1x12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb

    Get superior guitar tone and flexibility using this 15-Watt, 1x12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb from Monoprice!

    As the title indicates, this guitar amplifier features a 15-watt tube power amplifier and a Celestion brand speaker. It uses three ECC83/12AX7 preamplification tubes and two EL84 power tubes for the amplifier section, plus a Celestion Red Truvox 1215 speaker. The EL84 tube is the tube that powered the Mullard amplifiers favored by the British Invasion bands of the 1960s. It can produce a full output from a relatively small signal and is therefore easily overdriven to produce that distinctive chiming, treble-heavy sound, especially when compared to the 6L6 tubes more commonly used in 1960s era American guitar amps.

    The amplifier handles frequencies between 80Hz and 10kHz, with hum and noise -75dB below the rated power and 0.5% total harmonic distortion. It includes a Low input and a High input, with the former attenuating the signal by approximately 50% and the latter being easier to overdrive. The cabinet is ported in the rear and features a leather handle, cloth speaker grill, and a cream-colored, textured, synthetic leather exterior with chrome corner guards.

    The amp features a genuine spring reverb with the ability to enable it remotely using a foot switch. It supports FX send and receive, so you can either connect it to an effects processor or use the send/receive connections as line out and line in connections. Two inputs allow you to select between the full power mode and a 1 watt limited amplification mode for recording or late night practice sessions.

    Model 611815
    Rated Power 15 watts
    Frequency Response 80Hz ~ 10kHz
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.5% (clean mode)
    Hum and Noise -75dB below rated power
    Input Impedance 1 megohm
    Power Consumption 50 watts maximum
    Amplifier Load Range 8 ~ 16 ohms
    Preamplifier Section 3x ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes
    Power Amplifier Section 2x EL84 power tube
    Dimensions 16.8" x 17.1" x 9.25" (427 x 435 x 235 mm)
    Weight 25.4 lbs. (11.5kg)
    4.5 / 5.0
    68 Reviews
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    1 Star
    Nice sound, needed a little work
    Out of the box this amp sounded only ok. I swapped the tubes out for a set of mesa ones I had in a drawer which improved the sound significantly. The biggest problem was the reverb tank.

    At anything above the lowest volume the reverb would rattle like crazy giving a clanging type sound. The tank was secured under the speaker to the cabinet with glue and a piece low density foam which allowed it to move excessively, causing the springs to smack into the tank housing.. I removed it from the foam and secured it directly to the cabinet with a set of rubber grommets which stopped the noise even at full volume.

    Overall a great amp for the price but needed a bit of work to get it to its full potential.

    PROS: Nice speaker, good tone, cool low wattage input, good tone controls.

    CONS: Not the nicest tubes, poorly secured reverb tank, tolex had some bubbles and rough edges.
    October 27, 2015
    Love this amp
    I prefer this amp to my Blackstar HT40 and Mesa Dual Rectifier Roadster. The controls are simple and I can change the tone with pedals rather than fiddling with multiple amplifier controls. I know it's good to warm up with a standby switch (which this one doesn't have) but the single switch involves less forethought. Great sound, only slight background noise when the guitar is not playing.

    PROS: Great sound
    Light weight
    Effects loop

    CONS: Mediocre reverb
    Jack for footswitch but none available
    One knob was missing. Monoprice originally wanted me to return and reorder but I'll use a non-matching knob I have on hand if they can't find a knob. Hate to have them incur 2 way shipping for a tiny knob.
    September 10, 2016
    First Impressions : A solid value
    Overall this a very good amp and an incredible bargain. I mean it. For the money you will not do better and probably not for three times as much money.

    The initial sound was very brassy (out of Fender / Lace Sensor's for crying out loud). The speaker was tight as a Scottish Banker to start with. A couple of hours later though the cone began to relax a bit and the sound warmed up. Still needs moderating and I haven't even hit this with the P90s or the TV Jones supers yet.

    Lots of fun sounds though. Really good versatility too. The sub watt setting is more like 5 watt setting.. not bedroom level, but not too bad either. It doesn't give you 'attenuator brown'. The sound retains the highs and upper mids (mostly) and so you really can go to town.

    PROS: Very good sound, strong versatility. Lots of fun from grumble to grind

    CONS: Not a whole lot of clean headroom. Sub watt setting is anything but. One control for reverb but a Tone and 3 band EQ? Sound is very stiff and a touch brassy at least to start.
    October 16, 2015
    Awesome Tone and a great value
    I was looking for a small 12" combo that I could use at home and take to regular blues jams without breaking my back, or the bank. This guy fits the bill perfectly. I usually dial in a clean tone and use pedals for tone shaping, but a turn of the gain knob will deliver plenty of warm "rock" tone. The 1 watt input works just as advertised. Just dial in the sound you like, and then switch inputs. Same tone, just quieter.

    PROS: Lightweight, plenty of volume to jam with a live drummer, and still get the same great tone as low volume with the 1 watt input.

    CONS: Tiny reverb tank sound gets pretty "boingy".
    November 25, 2015
    Great Classic Rock Tones
    I've been plying guitar for about 30 years. This is my first ALL tube amp. I've had several tube pre-amps and modeling amps with dozens of effects but I'm pleasantly surprised by this bare bones combo. I have no issues with the reverb (but would prefer a longer decay time). I did notice that the tiny reverb tank is mounted on a vibration isolating foam pad. I'm not sure if this pad is present on the units where people have mentioned issues with the reverb. The variety of tones available is quite good. With the gain boosted I'm able to effortlessly get a nice feedback going when I want that hard rock Hendrix vibe. Pinch harmonics also chime out with ease. Playing ZZ Top or Zack Wylde has never been so easy and this is without an overdrive pedal. As others have mentioned the 1 W setting seems more like 5 W but this isn't an issue. The 15 W input gets loud enough to scare my wife and daughter out of the house. At this point I'm enjoying the amp "as-is" and haven't tried any effects pedals or used the effects loop. A head only version of this amp would be a perfect addition to the Monoprice line-up. I've been wanting an all tube amp for years but could never justify the purchase. I saw the price, took a gamble and couldn't be happier. Look for a coupon and free shipping and take the plunge. You won't be sorry.

    PROS: Great price. Fun to play through. Classic "guitar here" rock tones with just an amp, guitar and cable. VH, Zep, Jimi .... it's all there.

    CONS: No cons at this price but a tweed version or head only version would both be killer.
    July 23, 2016
    Best Amp For The Money, Bar None!
    This amp has a very warm, almost dark, tone. That makes it perfect for blues, jazz, and classic rock and 80's style metal. I don't use the amp's gain very much because I have some killer OD pedals I stack in front of it that produce a sensational vintage rock tone I can vary from AC/DC to Metallica. I have cranked the amp's gain to test it out, and as expected it's very much vintage rock style. You'll get good crunch, but an OD or boost pedal will be required to get more distortion for modern stuff. It has very good clean tones - almost Fender-like. If I didn't know any better I'd swear this amp is a rebranded Laney Cub 12R. See for yourself if you think I'm kidding.

    At 15W it's plenty loud enough to gig with - as long as your drummer isn't a complete animal banging away on the skins!

    I haven't used the effects loop yet because there's really no need. unless I decide to use the amp's preamp gain. At that point I'll use it for modulation and time effects, as well as a noise killer.

    I'm rocking two of these bad boys in true stereo and let me tell you, they sound fantastic! Catch them when Monoprice runs a special and you can grab a pair shipped to your house for less than $200 each!

    PROS: Warm Tone
    Great For Blues/Classic Rock/Jazz
    Loud Enough For Gigs
    Portable (Light)
    Looks Good

    CONS: Quality Control can be spotty
    May 17, 2016
    Great amp, and I'm fussy!
    First, this is the first review i have ever written! Spent thousands on music gear in the past 50 years and never was ths impressed. Tone monster! Yes, you can spend a lot more and get more, but come on, $230 dropped at your doorstep in a few days is pretty unbeatable. I'm old so that means I'm experienced (lol!). Seriously, I've owned and played just about everything out there. I'm not a tone snob, some of the best guitar sounds come out my Roland Micro Cube! This thing rocks, blues and jazzes. Loves pedals, ext speaker jack, effects loop, 1 watt input, Celestion 70/80 12" speaker and tone, tone, TONE! Reverb sucks, but hey, gives me something to mod on this thing, which is why I bought it. Was going to retube it, no need. Stock Ruby's are breaking in nicely. No need to replace the speaker either, it just needs 20 hours of hard playing to break in.

    PROS: Tone, price, quality.

    CONS: Reverb
    March 11, 2016
    Great bang for the buck
    I'm impressed, great quality and tone for the price. I bought it during a Monoprice sale, great deal with 20% off.

    I love that it has gain + master volume, and an effects loop. I'm guessing the "Tone" control is really a "Presence" control. I wonder if the schematic for this amp can be found somewhere, I wonder what circuit design this amp has modeled.

    I've got a number of tube amps (Marshall JCM800, vintage Fender Champ and Bronco, Crate VC). This is a perfect mid-sized amp for small rooms, with a great wide range of tones. The EL84 pairing has an expected chimey brightness. In terms of power, do you really need more than 15W? Probably not...and I love that about this amp. If you're playing small clubs you're probably gonna mic the amp anyway.

    The build quality was really nice. Cream tolex was perfect, no scratches/glue/peeling. Knobs turn smoothly. Some of the screws (which are recessed by washers) stick up a little high, but that's pretty minor.

    I wish the reverb was a longer spring reverb it's really short and "boingy". It's also extremely sensitive to the amplifier being touched/moved. Wish it had a standby switch too. All that said, for around $200 you have a really great sounding portable little amp.

    PROS: Value, tone, master volume, build quality

    CONS: Boingy short reverb, no standby switch, no detachable power cord.
    September 2, 2016
    Awesome amp. If you know how to work an eq you can dial in any guitar to sound great. As expected you can hear the reverb springs vibrate a touch at high volume. This is a mounting issue.....if you are mechanical in any way you can simply fix the current mount or move it to a different location. The reverb sounds very good otherwise. All in all I couldn't be happier.
    May 13, 2016
    Good amp, but...
    ok- first the amp sounds good. out of the box, it sounds good. the reverb is horrible, so don't even consider it as a buying point. the Celestion speaker is a plus but the pots and hardware is cheap. second- the screws holding the amp chassis in the cabinet had come out in shipping but were easy enough to get back in. the power light has already gone out, so unless I re-solder it or return it, its out. so, in spite of all these things, its actually a pretty good $200 tube amp.

    PROS: sounds good

    CONS: cheap hardware, horrible reverb unit
    June 10, 2016
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    Why no standby switch? With a solid state rectifier, you're putting the B+ voltage on cold plates. This will drastically shorten the life of the tubes.
    A shopper on Jan 4, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You do not need a standby switch on this amp, in fact you do not need one on most guitar amps. Cathode striping happens on high power tubes like ham radio, radio transmitters.
    What kind of bias does this amplifier have?
    A shopper on Dec 7, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The output stage is "fixed bias" with an adjustment pot. The other stages are self-biasing and so don't need adjusting.
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