Anyone Familiar With A X L Amplifiers?

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  1. RiverDog

    RiverDog Well-Known Member

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    This is one of those "I really wish I hadn't seen it because now I'm obsessing over the killer price" things. A seller in Gainesville is selling an AXL Akita AT40 all tube 2x12 combo for $160! I never heard of AXL amps before and I'm not seeing a ton of info online. Seems they may have come out sometime around 2007 maybe. Anyone know about these bad boys? Apparently this amp was also sold as Johnson JA-40WT and VHT Lead 40.

    • 40 Watts RMS
    • Preamp: 4 x 12AX7
    • Power Amp: 4 x EL84
    • 2 x 12" Alphatone Speakers
    • Accutronics Spring Reverb
    • Effects loop which can be used as series or parallel

    I'll attach pics in case the ad gets taken down.

    https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/msg/d/axl-akita-40-all-tube-amp/6338219375.html

    Akita 40_1.jpg Akita 40_2.jpg Akita 40_3.jpg
     
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    RiverDog Well-Known Member

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    Update: according to a current eBay listing: "It is a Class “A/B” EL84 all tube amp that is one of the last Steve Fryette designs prior to his sale of VHT to AXL in 2008."

    Someone buy this thing so I can forget it exists!
     

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    stormin1155 Well-Known Member

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    I used to have one of the 20 watt models. Not a bad little amp... I don't remember much about it, so it must not have been great. It had a 10" speaker, which was the weak link.
     
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    That looks pretty cool. Go for it. What's the worst that can happen?
     
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    dabbler Well-Known Member Supporting Member+ Gold Supporting Member

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    All I can tell you is Costco had a version with the wood on the cabinet showing (No tolex). I didn't jump on it and missed out.

    On a side note, AXL and Johnson are sister companies. I have only played one Johnson amp. It was a bigger amp. But it was killer!
     
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    I don't care about the amp but I just wanted to say 5-1
     
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    I remember seeing these liquidated and concur.. shares with Johnson, and to a degree VHT(china). I wasn't under the impression that Vht shared production with Johnson and Axl but that they were all distributed by musiclink (and several other brands).

    $160 eh? That's a tough one. These aren't high end amps, but for that kind of coin you don't exactly lose no matter what it is. On the other side ; quality would be my first concern since I've never heard one but am generally skeptical of today's Chinese made amps. Plus with today's gear market; if you wait a little longer you might find something better or more vintage
     
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    I have the 20W version. It is a VERY clean amp. Not dirt capable but handles pedals nicely.
     
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    Jimmy, didn't Dave have one or two of these for sale on Ubuyguitars? That looks familiar. I think they were dirt cheap, too.
     
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    Yeeuh FIVE AND ONE baby! What a game, go birds!
     
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    True, it is a nice price. I've been pretty happy with the other MIC amps and guitars I own.

    I'm not in the market for another amp (I already have too many!) but I just want to buy when I see a sweet deal. I will try to ignore this one. :)
     
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    jimytheassassin Well-Known Member

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    Ya, Dave did have the wood veneer Akita just like this one.. maybe one or two green AXL amps in similar fashion. I don't remember them being this cheap, especially after shipping. We haven't talked about those guys in a long while. The fire sale dwindled, and their shipping prices went all wonky. But they have a new website and are able to work out deals on shipping if you ask what's possible by email. I ordered some replacement parts for my 36watt VHT build a couple months ago, and although a few items were screwed up (which is typical but I still find it funny), I can't complain for the prices they liquidate at.

    I don't know if you caught it, but I uploaded a work pic of the 36watt project in motion on the "work bench" thread
     
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    I don't think I've seen that. I'll have a gander!
     

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