Point-To-Point

Telstar getting closer!

Pittsboro, NC – 9/1/2014 - The Carr Telstar….
 
…And now for something completely different!! 
 
The Telstar blends the sinewy harmonic assertion of EL84s with the deep full control of 6L6s in a new and unique push pull recipe.  You may have a 6L6 amp or an EL84 amp but not an amp that uses both types in harmony for a new pallet of expression.  The Telstar sound can easily range from haunting rich cleans to creamy overdrive.  Our Lean/Lush switch tailors the body of the tone while the 53/58 switch changes the overall gain structure and the frequencies the Tone control emphasizes.  Sonically treading the years from early Fullerton 50s roundness thru late 50s proto British bite.
 
17 Watts full output - (Double Digit Power)
6L6 (stock) plus EL84 power tubes together in push pull class A - (Unprecedented)
Use any octal power tube with the EL84 without re-biasing - (experimental)
53/58 switch – round early 50s Fullerton to Proto British Hot Rod - (Macho)
Lean/Lush switch – tight to rich bass - (elastic)
All tube Reverb - (Aquatic)
Built-in variable attenuator 17 watts down to zero - (Useful)
Mid Century Midrange - (confident)
Extended range One Knob tone control - (Less is More)
Early 60s thin wall space age cabinet  - (Solid Tone)
Custom ‘Valiant’ speaker – (Sincere to Sinister)
 
1) 6L6 (EL34 or 6V6 compatible) + 1) EL84 1) 6SL7 Octal 1) 12AX7 1) 12AT7
 
100% Point to Point wiring - Solen Aerospace Satellite power supply capacitors
Selected mixed resistor types – Jupiter Tone Caps - Custom Carr power/output transformers - Local made saddle leather handles – Cabinets built in house
 
Retail/Street $2390  1-12 combo
Carr Amplifiers began in 1998 with an irresistible passion for hand wired vacuum tube guitar amplifiers. We take inspiration from the classics of the 50s and 60s then
imagine new features, refinements in tone, reliability, and ease of operation.  Essential tone with organic tactile feel is our signature.   Man Made
 

Carr Amps Shop now Solar!

Carr Amps shop is now powered by the Sun!
We have installed a ~ 20KW solar system over the shop and for the 9 + sunny months of the year
we will be 100% off the grid!  
Cloudy afternoons or tone robbing power outages -- no problem -
our Tesla Power Wall battery will carry us thru.
Solar solder, photon drive cabinet joinery, and genuine Star Power --- we are excited!

Mercury V

Today 1/26/2017 we start shipping the first Mercury V amps to dealers!
We have a full review queue lined up for all the magazines so be on the lookout!
The NAMM show was super busy and very fun - thanks to our good friends at Reverend Guitars who hosted us.
More soon!

NAMM 2017

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be returning to the winter NAMM show this year in Anaheim.  It’s been several years since we ventured to California for the show and figured it was about time we re-emerged to visit with dealers, importers, vendors and industry friends. 
 
This year we’re sharing a booth with Reverend Guitars (www.reverendguitars.com) .  Ken, Penny, and the rest of the Reverend crew have been kind enough to make some for some Carr product!  Our plans are to bring a good cross section of the Carr lineup, including the new and improved Mercury V for all to sample. 
 
Come see us at NAMM booth #5793 in Hall B.

 

Mercury V intro

Transmissions from Mercury

We're currently prototyping the new Mercury V...

More power, more character...Steve is very close to finalizing the circuit.  Slight cabinet tweak for a new aesthetic.

We will be taking orders through our fine dealer network by Dec. 1! 

Lincoln Cabinet Design

Would you like to see my etchings?
Lou Building
Steve and George

We made three prototype cabinets designs for the Lincoln before settling on the final look. 
Each had an interesting vibe but the final design sounded best, looked best, and balanced best when being carried.
Lots to consider!   Here is the sketch that led to the final cab and a shot of that concept being made.
- plus the earliest cab design we did in February 2015  - the photo is me showing it to George of Chicago Music Exchange.
We go thru a ton of trial and error in both the circuit and cabinet development!
 

Reviving a Flooded Impala

One of our favorite customers recently called us with the sad news that his beloved Impala had been in a flood, and spent several days completely submerged.
Over the next few weeks, we're going to be documenting the restoration of his amp. First up: Taking it apart, and assessing the damage. Stay tuned !

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