Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by miter53, May 4, 2016.
This thing is awesome!
Congrats! Milkman Amps are amazing. I've got a Half Pint, Pedal Steel Mini, and access to a Creamer. I'd love to try a One Watt
Congrats! I'd love one of those or the Half Pint.
Wowza - $1300 for a one-watt amp?
It's really 5 watts, and pretty darn loud wide open.
Congrats! Enjoy it!
I just noticed that he expanded the tone controls and added the power scaling to the 1w model. Nice!
Kinda makes a Helix..,
Seem like a deal.
In that case, it's a steal!
miter, congratulations and thanks for posting this! I'm very interested in hearing more about how the amp is to play. Please tell us. I've been researching a lot of small amps and this and the Allen Chihuahua are on my short list. Plenty of comments on the Allen here but yours is the first I've seen on the the newer combo version of the One Watt.
Wattage should have very little to do with price. It doesn't cost much to bump up an amp's output. What should matter is build quality and service. Tim at Milkman is head and shoulders above most, and a gentleman to boot and these things are rock solid. In my book, that's worth paying for. You know what they say, good work ain't cheap and cheap work ain't good!
You are correct - it shouldn't. But at some point an amp only costs so much, even with the given fairy dust someone might expect.
But c'mon - $1300 for even a 5 watt amp? I have a 5 watt VibroChamp custom variant at half the price that I would compare to anything put out by MM.
I would buy an Allen Chihuahua any day over a MM.
I'm not saying it's worth it for everyone. I'm just saying it's worth it for me. It sounds like the dude is happy with it, which would indicate he thought it was worth it as well. The Allen stuff is very cool, too. BTW, the Chihuahua is at least $1199 for the same configuration.
When building amps, it's the first watt which counts.
"The first watt is the deepest"-Cat Stevens
I'm going to have to disagree with you there. Some of the most expensive parts in a combo amp are going to be the transformers, and you can't just throw in higher output tubes, you need bigger (hence more expensive) iron to get more power. From there, the higher output you go usually the more in the circuit (often a choke, bigger filter caps, etc), which all equates to... more $$$.
My 6 watt VHT Special 6 is handwired and cost $200 shipped!
Congrats on getting the Milkman 1 watt. You are in for some fun!
I have a MM 1 watt and a Half Pint. Both great amps. The voltage scaling attenuation is very useful. Works well.
The 2 amps sound quite different. The 1 watt is more similar to a Champ. The Half Pint more like a 5 watt Princeton.
They have a lot of 5 watt amp company.
I just got a 1962 National 1210. A very cool sounding amp. A bargain.
Also have: Swart 6v6se, Victoria 518, 1950's Magnatone 108, Star Nova, Tungsten Mosaic II
I have my work cut out to compare the amps. Not too bad. A lot cheaper than a new Corvette
Apparently Milkman amps are still hand built by one guy in his shop.
And the 5 watt models are tube rectified.
Actually, in retrospect, have to temper my comment; Swart has a few amps in the 5-watt range that are well over $1000. An 8-watt Dr Z Maz8 is over $2k, as well as the MM Half Pint.
I'm sure the costs aren't that much more for a 5 to 10 watt amp than a 1 watt.
Mea Culpa, and carry on.
Fuzz, I already have a really clean late '60's Champ, modded so I can bypass the tone stack. Would the One Watt be different enough, or would you recommend looking at something else? I'm also curious about the little Swart.