TINY TERROR CHANNEL | FAT CHANNEL | BIG SOUND | PORTABLE

Often imitated, but never equalled, the iconic Tiny Terror quite literally turned the guitar world upside down upon its launch. Heralded by Guitarist Magazine asthe most important guitar product in the last 30 years. This is the original lunchbox amp head, and continues to set the standard by which all other low wattage valve amplifiers must be judged. Now discontinued, the Tiny Terror lives on through the Dual Terror.

Featuring a 30 Watt output section, the Dual Terror head is the most powerful in the Terror range, offering more clean headroom and volume than the Tiny Terror with the added flexibility of a second channel. The ‘Tiny Terror Channel’ is lifted straight from the original 15 Watt version, retaining the signature tones that made the Tiny Terror such a hit. However, with double the power on offer, it packs an even fiercer punch.

The additional ‘Fat’ channel provides extra girth with its more rounded, slightly gainier character, perfect for leads or for balancing between two different guitars on stage. The Dual Terror switches from 30 to 15 to 7 watts, making it a perfect portable amp head for both for studio and stage.

Combining ultra-portability with an outstanding array of valve tones, Tiny Terror channel delivers an exceptional range of British valve tones made possible with just three controls. A unique preamp section and gain structure goes from clean/bluesy crunch to Punk and Classic Rock, all controllable by your guitar’s volume knob.

The intuitive tone circuit acts as a roll off for the upper frequencies whilst always retaining the character of the instrument, even when driving the amp to its absolute limits. Whilst the philosophy behind the Terror series began with the gigging musician on the move, their huge sonic range, supreme usability and switchable output options has made the the ‘go-to’ amps for studio engineers and producers alike.

Ade Emsley

The Dual Terror is essentially Two Tiny Terror front ends that you can switch between, in one 30 Watt package.

[On the original Tiny Terror] I like to keep things simple. The Tiny Terror is probably the amp I’m most proud of. The idea was to make a small amp that didn’t sound like a small amp – all valve, tight, punchy, springy – that didn’t have that ‘5 Watt single-ended amp sound’, which definitely sounds like a small amp! The Tiny Terror meant you could take a proper amp in a gigbag on the train or the bus to the show, borrow a 4×12″ cab from another band on the bill and blow everyone away.

I love output valve distortion and, for me, EL84s have the most musical saturation. 15 Watts cranked is the perfect volume to achieve it. The circuit I came up with for the Tiny Terror was designed with that in mind. It’s a unique channel with only three controls – gain, volume and tone – but it gives you everything from clean to pretty ridiculous. The first gang of the gain pot increases the gain of the first stage and the second gang of the pot increases the impedance of the second stage. This results in the signal pushing into the output valves evenly all the way up. It’s a real musician’s amplifier, so when you play softly you get glistening cleans, and when you dig in it crunches up into rich overdrive – all with the touch of your hands.

Ade EmsleyTechnical DirectorClick to view the demo (note this is for the original Tiny Terror, not the Dual Terror)
Features:Footswitchable twin channel, all valve, gig bag included
Valves:Preamp: 4 x Ecc83/12ax7
Power amp: 4 x EL84
Front Panel:Gain, Tone, Volume for each channel
Finish Options:White high tensile steel chassis and vented top casing
Output Power:30/15/7 Switchable
Speaker Outputs:1×8 OHM OR 1×16 OHM OR 2×16 OHM
Unboxed Dimensions (W x H x D):36 × 19 × 18CM (14.17 × 7.48 × 7.09″)
Unboxed Weight:9.75KG (21.5LB)
Total Guitar Magazine

We reckon the majority of players looking at the Dual Terror will be staring their new amp squarely in the eye. 5/5 Stars

Total Guitar Magazine 1/11/2009Read the review