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straightblues
11-08-2005, 06:23 PM
I just bought a Mitchell Deluxe amp. It is a cool little amp but I don't know anything about it. It is an early one model #23. It was reportedly built in the mid 70's. All of the writing is worn off the chasis. It is all tube (5881 power tubes and 4 - 12ax7). There is a half power switch. Two channels and reverb. It is in a nice looking tweed amp with a fender tweed era approaching vintage Marshall sounds. Any info would be appreciated. I would guess it is about 40 watts or so.

ericb
11-08-2005, 06:55 PM
Originally posted by straightblues
I just bought a Mitchell Deluxe amp. It is a cool little amp but I don't know anything about it. It is an early one model #23. It was reportedly built in the mid 70's. All of the writing is worn off the chasis. It is all tube (5881 power tubes and 4 - 12ax7). There is a half power switch. Two channels and reverb. It is in a nice looking tweed amp with a fender tweed era approaching vintage Marshall sounds. Any info would be appreciated. I would guess it is about 40 watts or so.


THe only Mitchell Deluxe I think I know about are some of my old fishing reels!!! BUT , Harmony Central does have some Mitchell amp reviews at : http://www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data/Mitchell/ . That's one amp I can't recall seeing though I've noticed many an amp since the 70's. Enjoy

ERIC

Teleman
11-08-2005, 07:11 PM
I remember a Mitchell amp that was made to be like a Boogie. It was a 1-12 60 watt I think and had an EQm channel switching etc. Never heard one though.

Mitchell also made the "Sand" cabinet. It was a 2-12 cab that had an area in the back that was filled with sand. It was supposed to eliminate and dead spots and increase low ind and projection. I seem to remember reading an article years ago that Steve Miller used the Mitchell sand cabs and Boogie heads on a tour.

straightblues
11-08-2005, 07:17 PM
It is definitly not a fishing real.

I looked on Harmony Central and they don't have a review for this amp.

I have seen reference that it exists on the Voodo amp site because they do mods for it. A tube retailer's site also referenced it by saying which tubes should be in it but that is it.

straightblues
11-08-2005, 07:18 PM
Originally posted by Teleman
I remember a Mitchell amp that was made to be like a Boogie. It was a 1-12 60 watt I think and had an EQm channel switching etc. Never heard one though. That is a different model. There is a lot of info on that one but none I have been able to find out on the deluxe.

conundrum
11-08-2005, 10:55 PM
I have a Mitchell Pro-100 which is a direct Mark I copy. The only thing I dislike about it is the graphic EQ which you can't switch off and just sounds pretty crappy in general.

OOG
11-08-2005, 11:51 PM
Tom Mitchel made so so amps in orange county, cal in the '70s
he was infamous for the sand cabinet (great idea, make a speaker cab twice as heavy)
saw most models he made and don't remember anything tweed
wonder if it was someone else

GAT
11-09-2005, 12:11 AM
In the '70s I sold them out of Bizarre Guitar in Reno. I used two sand cabinets with EV SRO speakers through two Marshall 50 watt heads in stereo. Holy crap, what was I thinking, at least you could hear guitar! :dude

We also sold the amps, but I can't really remember them, kind of like a Boogie type thing. Maybe I can't remember because it was the '70s. :( :o :D

straightblues
11-09-2005, 11:09 AM
Thanks for the replys. The model name on my amp is "De Luxe". It is different than the Pro-100 Boogie copy and the solid state Sand Amps.

Anyone know anything about this particular amp?

straightblues
11-09-2005, 11:26 AM
Here are some picture. (They enlarge if you click on them.)

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-=MYK=-
11-09-2005, 12:35 PM
Nope, but I've got a Mitchell 2x10 sandcab. It can really pump out a lot of bass for a 2x10, but you've got to be touchy with the highs or theyr start to tear your head off:eek:


:dude

OOG
11-09-2005, 11:38 PM
that's Tom Mitchel's logo on what looks to be a hand etched badge
keep in mind that Mitchel was in Orange county, same as Leo Fender
don't remember Tom's history but could be he learned his stuff from Fender
i'd guess your amp is one of a kind
the 70's ar a bit blurry for me too:p
but i'm pretty sure i would remember a "new" tweed made in that era

straightblues
11-12-2005, 11:00 AM
Bump! One last try to get some info on this little monster amp!!!!!:) :) :) :D

hasserl
11-12-2005, 04:46 PM
Sorry, I don't have any info for you on that one. I do have one of the Sand Amps. It is solid state, one channel, 2-10 combo, and a pretty nice sounding amp for clean to mild distortion.

Buduranus2
09-15-2007, 04:55 PM
The Mitchell Deluxe is an interesting amp. It typically uses a pair of 6L6s, although 5881s are fairly compatible. It's not a point-to-point wired amp, but uses PC boards with components soldered onto the boards. Interestingly, it uses a solid state rectifier. The sound is a little on the dark side, and, while the tone is good at low volumes, the amp doesn't have quite enough punch to use as a stand-alone amp in a band situation. A little on the thin side, due to the open back design. It's a single-channel amp that you can use as a quasi two-channel by using an A/B box. The second input bypasses one of the preamp's gain stages, so you could use it that way and switch to the hotter input using the A/B box. I'm using one that I had modified with a variable-level line out so I can drive a power amp connected to a 1x12 Thiele cab. Mine has a half-power switch, an input sensitivity switch and a bright switch, all stock. Mitchell amps typically had a fair amount of variability within given model designation, so yours may be a little different. Let me know if you'd like to sell yours, because I wouldn't mind having a backup.

inglishboy
01-28-2009, 08:31 AM
I have one of these, i call it Jimi in a box. I broke the 1/2 power switch off the back and couldnt be bothered finding another dpdt so i bypassed it.
there are pull switches on both pre amp volume knobs. its loud, louder and louder with no need for any stomp boxes for endless feedback, but watch the highes as they can be peircing like a silver face in full trebble and brightness on in a bad mood.

I've had this amp over 20 years now, i gigged with it as part of my stereo rig, just a couple of blown fuses and loose tube holders over the years. Popped Kt88's in it, and then kt100's, still never managed to hurt it. For convenience i stopped using it and replaced it with an ampeg bx2-12 portoflex. the portoflex has less power but a better cab design and is really versetile (BUT HEAVY!) i stopped running stereo because it was a hassel and the mitchell was had no lows or mids.

does anyone have any more info on these great little combos?