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PANOPTIGON DISC PLAYER

The Panoptigon is the ultimate lo-fi retro machine and a powerful tool in your recording or live arsenal.

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PANOPTIGON DISC - OSCILLATIONS

The very first Panoptigon disc featuring a full 60 tracks of sonic awesomeness!

Not compatible with original Optigan, Orchestron, or Talentmaker players.

Panoptigon format discs will only be playable on Panoptigon- not on vintage Optigans or Orchestrons! We wanted to make a very basic, broadly-applicable sound akin to the Optigan “Big Organ & Drums” disc. This seemed a good opportunity to present a simple analog synthesizer type sound, since the Panoptigon disc format features 60 tracks, and is mapped to allow for a full 60 keys of chromatic tones. Think of it as a “Super Orchestron” disc with essentially 5 octaves instead of 3. Various typical raw analog waveforms are mapped across the keys, with the notes slowly pulsing in and out in different phases, producing a breathing, organic effect that’s particularly well-suited to all of the Panoptigon’s onboard effects. Apart from the Panoptigon’s hall reverb, no other effects or EQ were applied in this demo.

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OPTIGAN DISC - SAMBA

Samba! Come with us for Carnival in Rio!

The samba combines the natural, unrestrained impulse to beat out rhythmic patterns in dance form with free improvisation on primitive musical patterns. More than any other form of artistic expression, the samba is the embodiment in sound and motion of the free spirit of the Brazilian people.

From the depths of the Optigan master tape archives comes this previously unreleased SAMBA jam, paired with a Marimba keyboard scale that similarly went unused back in the 70s. Though we have previously released the marimba sound for Orchestron, it’s making its first Optigan appearance on this disc. Oddly enough, the Samba session did not include any percussion specials, so rather than using the more generic Latin percussion found elsewhere in the master tape archive, we hunted down some nice public domain samba percussion loops which pair nicely with the vintage tapes. So, get onboard those jets to Brazil!!

LEFT HAND: Samba Band.

RIGHT HAND: Marimba.

SPECIAL EFFECTS SWITCHES: Repinique, Pandeiro, Tan-Tan, Surdo, Samba Whistle.

Edited and mastered by Pea Hicks

Disc design and mastering by Robert Becker


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OPTIGAN DISC - SINGING RHYTHM

This disc is compatible with Optigan and Panoptigon players.

Recreated from scratch from the original master tapes.

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OPTIGAN DISC - DARKSOPHONE

From indie rock veteran Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot) come the haunting sounds of DARKSOPHONE, featuring musical saw, Marxophone, skeletal guitar and heavy drums. Since the saw and Marxophone both have limited ranges, we’ve split the keyboard, placing the saw on the lower half and the Marxophone on the upper half.

For those unfamiliar with the Marxophone, it’s a zither-like instrument that is played with a series of keys, which bounce metal hammers onto the strings for a repeated dulcimer effect. The musical saw is played with a bow, and each note has an organic vibrato and other articulations. The sparse guitar chords lend themselves to combining chord buttons for extended harmonies. The drums feature patterns in both 6/8 and 4/4.

Trying slowing the disc all the way down and/or playing it backwards with the reverb cranked up for some spooky late-night shoe-gazing!

Left Hand: Electric Guitar.

Right Hand: Musical Saw & Marxophone.

Special Effects: Drums.

Produced by Pea Hicks

Instruments played and recorded by Pall Jenkins Cover photograph by Pea Hicks Disc design and mastering by Robert Becker

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ORCHESTRON DISC - DREHORGEL

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

DREHORGEL is a newly recorded sound for the Orchestron. It’s a small, hand-cranked street organ that plays punched music rolls, similar to a calliope. The drehorgel featured here is owned by Pat Quilter of Quilter Labs. For our disc, we chose the unique “trill” sound of the drehorgel, which produces repeated notes. Great for playing creepy circus type music!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan. I

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OPTIGAN DISC - GUITARSCAPE

GUITARSCAPE is the first Optigan disc in an asymmetrical meter- in this case, 5/4. The chord buttons feature bass guitar riffs, with drums on the special effects switches. The keyboard scale features clean guitar tones, and like the other discs in our "scape" series, the notes are rhythmically articulated in a variety of syncopated patterns. This makes the scale generally more suited to chords than melodic playing, but both approaches produce nice effects, either forward or in reverse. The bass patterns have been specifically written to allow for a maximum of complimentary chord button combinations, such that pressing certain buttons at the same time produces composite, complex bass patterns. And if 5/4 is a bit too odd for your needs, you can always change chords on, say, every 4th beat, and you'll get even more complex pattern cycles.

SPECIAL EFFECTS SWITCHES: Drum Patterns 1 - 4, Cowbell

LEFT HAND: Bass Note Patterns.

RIGHT HAND: Guitar Note Patterns.

Arranged and produced by Pea Hicks. Guitar and Bass played and recorded by Kenseth Thibideau. Drums are from the Optigan Master Tapes. Disc creation software, disc production, jacket layout by Robert Becker.

Cover photograph and toes by Kenseth Thibideau

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OPTIGAN DISC - LATIN GUITAR & TRUMPET

Features the Orchestron Trumpet scale along with more previously unreleased guitar/drums/percussion accompaniments from the Optigan master tapes.

(Note: The A and E major chords on this disc are true A and E Major chords, which means that the Bb, F, G, D, and E dim chords are not true dim chords. The C and A dim chords are the only true dim chords on this disc.)

Previously only available as a set, you can now get this title standalone! (See third part of video below for demo.)

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OPTIGAN DISC - CELLESTE

The celesta or celeste is a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard. It looks similar to an upright piano (four- or five-octave), albeit with smaller keys and a much smaller cabinet, or a large wooden music box (three-octave). The keys connect to hammers that strike a graduated set of metal (usually steel) plates or bars suspended over wooden resonators. Four- or five-octave models usually have a damper pedal that sustains or damps the sound. The three-octave instruments do not have a pedal because of their small "table-top" design.

The sound of the celesta is similar to that of the glockenspiel, but with a much softer and more subtle timbre. This quality gave the instrument its name, celeste, meaning "heavenly" in French. The celesta is often used to enhance a melody line played by another instrument or section. The delicate, bell-like sound is not loud enough to be used in full ensemble sections; as well, the celesta is rarely given standalone solos.

The celesta is a transposing instrument; it sounds one octave higher than the written pitch. Its (four-octave) sounding range is generally considered to be C4 to C8. The original French instrument had a five-octave range, but because the lowest octave was considered somewhat unsatisfactory, it was omitted from later models. The standard French four-octave instrument is now gradually being replaced in symphony orchestras by a larger, five-octave German model. Although it is a member of the percussion family, in orchestral terms it is more properly considered a member of the keyboard section and usually played by a keyboardist. The celesta part is normally written on two braced staves, called a grand staff.

Previously only available as a set, you can now get this title standalone! (See first part of video below for demo.)

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OPTIGAN DISC - FOLK GUITAR & FLUTE

Another creation by the dynamic duo of Robert Becker and Pea Hicks.

Folk guitar and flute is a masterpiece of folk-y goodness. With a series of percussive keys for backing, a taste for fingerplucked folk guitar and soaring flute for that feeling like you just time warped into a 60's 8 track!

Previously only available as a set, you can now get this title standalone! (See second part of video below for demo.)

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OPTIGAN DISC - GLITCHEDELICA

Glitchedelica is an experimental rhythmic pattern generator. Forgoing the usual drums/chords/keys convention entirely, each button and key features a different loop, drawn from Pea Hicks' personal archive of oddball instruments, electronics, and other sound sources. These can be combined and recombined in an infinite number of ways to produce a wide variety of disturbingly funky effects.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - HARMONIUM

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

HARMONIUM is a sound that is new to the Orchestron, though it previously appeared on the vintage Optigan “Gay 90s Waltz” disc. The source recording is an old Estey harmonium (reed organ), taken from the original Optigan studio master tapes.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - BASS CLARINET

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

BASS CLARINET is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. It’s an actual acoustic bass clarinet, played and recording specifically for this release by the one and only Ralph Carney. Please excuse the awful playing here, which is just a quick noodle to demonstrate the sound!

PLEASE NOTE: Orchestron discs WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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TALENTMAKER DISC - WALTZ GUITAR

This disc is compatible with Original Optigan and Panoptigon players. The sounds were ported from original Talentmaker discs. These use the sounds of the original Talentmaker, but WILL NOT WORK on Talentmaker machines.

Please see part four of the video below for demo.

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TALENTMAKER DISC - MARCHING BAND

This disc is compatible with Original Optigan and Panoptigon players. The sounds were ported from original Talentmaker discs. These use the sounds of the original Talentmaker, but WILL NOT WORK on Talentmaker machines.

Please see part three of the video below for demo.

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TALENTMAKER DISC - COUNTY FAIR 4/4

This disc is compatible with Original Optigan and Panoptigon players. The sounds were ported from original Talentmaker discs. These use the sounds of the original Talentmaker, but WILL NOT WORK on Talentmaker machines.

Please see part two of the video below for demo.

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TALENTMAKER DISC - BEGUINE

This disc is compatible with Original Optigan and Panoptigon players. The sounds were ported from original Talentmaker discs. These use the sounds of the original Talentmaker, but WILL NOT WORK on Talentmaker machines.

Please see part one of the video below for demo.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - BRASS ENSEMBLE

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

BRASS ENSEMBLE is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. It’s a composite of three different trombone recordings and two different trumpet recordings, all taken from the original Optigan/Orchestron master tapes, but never used back in the day! The trombones and trumpets are an octave apart, producing a nice rich brass section sound. Please excuse my awful playing here, which is just a quick noodle to demonstrate the sound!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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OPTIGAN DISC - WURLISCAPE

Wurliscape represents the next evolution of Optigan music program disc that began with Pianoscape and Vibrascape. Instead of being a disc for playing melodies, you’ll discover that Wurliscape turns your Optigan into an ambient arpeggiator using the sounds of a vintage electric piano. In addition, we’ve used previously unreleased drum and percussion loops from the original Optigan master tapes along with newly created bass lines.

The keyboard features a series of simple two-note rhythmic patterns that can be combined to create complex arpeggiated chords. We created these patterns using only the white keys on the piano, or in other words, F-Lydian mode (C-Ionian mode). This arrangement fits well on the Optigan’s F-to-F keyboard range and ensures that most combinations will produce a harmonically consonant composite pattern. We invite you to explore the vast harmonic possibilities of Wurliscape.

White keys:

1st octave: patterns in 5ths, all perfect except for B, which plays a dim 5th (B-F)

2nd octave: patterns in 4ths, all perfect except for F, which plays an aug 4th (F-B)

3rd octave: patterns in 3rds, F, G & C are maj, A, B, D, & E are min

Brown keys:

Patterns are on the note ½ step lower than the key itself, i.e. the F# key plays an F pattern, G# a G pattern, etc.

1st octave: patterns in perfect octaves

2nd octave: patterns in 7ths, F & C are maj, G, A, & D are min

3rd octave: patterns in 6ths, F, G, C, & D are maj, A is min

By playing any three chromatically adjacent keys, you’ll produce a complete composite rhythmic pattern in 8th notes. Other combinations of keys will produce less complex composite sub-patterns.

There is no need to memorize this system of patterns - you should approach this disc experimentally, trying out different pattern combinations until you find something you like.

You’ll find that many of the chord buttons have drum/percussion loops of various types. In addition we’ve placed single-note bass patterns (F - C - G - D - A) on the major chord buttons marked with these letters. This is to help fill out the low end of the harmonic spectrum. You can also use the drum/percussion loops by themselves as a lo-fi drum machine.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - SOLO TROMBONE

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

SOLO TROMBONE is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. This is an actual acoustic trombone sound, taken from the original Optigan/Orchestron master tapes, but never actually heard on any Optigan or Orchestron disc until now! Please excuse the awful playing here, which is just a quick noodle to demonstrate the sound!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - SOLO TRUMPET

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

SOLO TRUMPET is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. This is an actual acoustic trumpet sound, taken from the original Optigan/Orchestron master tapes, but never actually heard on any Optigan or Orchestron disc until now! Please excuse the awful playing here, which is just a quick noodle to demonstrate the sound!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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TALENTMAKER DISC - HAWAII 3/4

This disc is compatible with Original Optigan and Panoptigon players. The sounds were ported from original Talentmaker discs. These use the sounds of the original Talentmaker, but WILL NOT WORK on Talentmaker machines.

See part one of video below for sample video.

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TALENTMAKER DISC - GUITAR 4/4

This disc is compatible with Original Optigan and Panoptigon players. The sounds were ported from original Talentmaker discs. These use the sounds of the original Talentmaker, but WILL NOT WORK on Talentmaker machines.

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TALENTMAKER DISC - COCKTAIL PIANO

This disc is compatible with Original Optigan and Panoptigon players. The sounds were ported from original Talentmaker discs. These use the sounds of the original Talentmaker, but WILL NOT WORK on Talentmaker machines.

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TALENTMAKER DISC - BOSSA NOVA

This disc is compatible with Original Optigan and Panoptigon players. The sounds were ported from original Talentmaker discs. These use the sounds of the original Talentmaker, but WILL NOT WORK on Talentmaker machines.

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OPTIGAN DISC - VIBRASCAPE

Like our popular PIANOSCAPE disc, VIBRASCAPE presents the sound of the vibraphone in a uniquely Optigan fashion. The keyboard tones are arranged as a series of rhythmic patterns that create hypnotic, pulsating soundscapes when chords are played. (This disc is not particularly suited to melodic playing). The chord buttons feature sustained bowed vibraphone chords. The special effects switches help keep the groove going with a selection of rhythms from the Maestro Rhythm King MRK-2, an old-school beatbox and technological contemporary of the Optigan. Optigans equipped with a spring reverb will provide the most haunting sound, which is further enhanced by inserting the disc upside-down for backwards play.

SPECIAL EFFECTS SWITCHES: 1. Samba, 2. Rumba, 3. Bossa Nova, 4. Bolero, 5. Go-Go.

LEFT HAND: Bowed Vibraphone.

RIGHT HAND: Vibraphone Rhythms.

Vibraphone played and recorded by Mark Greenberg. Music produced, edited, and mastered by Pea Hicks.

Disc creation software, disc production cover artwork and jacket layout by Robert Becker.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - CELLO

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

CELLO is remastered from the original Orchestron master tapes. Please excuse the awful playing here, which is just a quick noodle to demonstrate the sound!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - FLUTE

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

FLUTE is remastered from the original Orchestron master tapes. Please excuse the awful playing here, which is just a quick noodle to demonstrate the sound!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - VIBRAPHONE

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

VIBRAPHONE is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. This sound, like our earlier PIANO disc, is not really intended to be played melodically. Each note is actually a simple rhythmic pattern, and when you play chords, these patterns interlock in complex ways to created a hypnotic effect. Great for getting Steve Reich style minimalist textures. This disc also works well played upside-down, as you can hear in the second part of the demo. Please excuse the awful playing here, which is just a quick noodle to demonstrate the sound!

SPECIAL THANKS to Mark Greenberg for playing an recording the vibraphone!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - VOCAL CHOIR

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

VOCAL CHOIR is remastered from the original Orchestron master tapes. Our version is a bit brighter than the original. Please excuse the awful playing here, which is just a quick noodle to demonstrate the sound!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - SOLO FEMALE VOICE

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

SOLO FEMALE VOICE is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. Tara Busch of analogsuicide.com lent us her vocal cords once again for a sound similar to, but not exactly the same as the vocal sound on our Optigan “Minimalism” disc. This sound features a consistent “ahh” over the entire range.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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OPTIGAN DISC - CHAMBER STRINGS

Optigan.com is proud to present CHAMBER STRINGS. This is a very utilitarian sound set for the Optigan, featuring the "Violin" keyboard sounds previously only available on the Orchestron, each with matching string pads on the chord buttons. There are no drums or other rhythmic effects- just lush, lo-fi stringy goodness.

LEFT HAND: String chords.

RIGHT HAND: Strings.

SPECIAL EFFECTS SWITCHES:

1. Fsus4, 2. Csus4, 3. Gsus4, 4. Adim, 5. Edim.

A special note about the chords: for these discs, we've decided to put proper A and E major chords on their respective chord buttons, which in turn renders most of the diminished chord buttons incorrectly labeled. To compensate, we've put the A and E dim chords on the SFX 4 and 5 tabs. Also, SFX tabs 1-3 are Fsus4, Csus4 and Gsus4 respectively.

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OPTIGAN DISC - SYMPHONIC STRINGS

Optigan.com is proud to present SYMPHONIC STRINGS. This is a very utilitarian sound set for the Optigan, featuring the "String Ensemble" keyboard sounds previously only available on the Orchestron, each with matching string pads on the chord buttons. There are no drums or other rhythmic effects- just lush, lo-fi stringy goodness.

LEFT HAND: String chords.

RIGHT HAND: Strings.

SPECIAL EFFECTS SWITCHES:

1. Fsus4, 2. Csus4, 3. Gsus4, 4. Adim, 5. Edim.

A special note about the chords: for these discs, we've decided to put proper A and E major chords on their respective chord buttons, which in turn renders most of the diminished chord buttons incorrectly labeled. To compensate, we've put the A and E dim chords on the SFX 4 and 5 tabs. Also, SFX tabs 1-3 are Fsus4, Csus4 and Gsus4 respectively.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - ORGAN

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

ORGAN is remastered from the original Orchestron master tapes. Our version is quite a bit brighter than the original.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan. In the future we will be porting the Orchestron sounds to the Optigan- please be patient!

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OPTIGAN DISC - SITAR

The original Optigan owner's manual tantalizingly lists sitar as one of its many featured instruments, but in fact no sitar sounds ever appeared on either an Optigan disc or even the original studio master tapes. With the first in our series of One Finger Composer discs, Optigan.com makes good on this long neglected promise.

Indian classical music consists of melody and rhythm in counterpoint, accompanied by drone (i.e., no Western style chords or harmonic motion). With Sitar, the various drones are put on the SFX tabs, tabla loops on the chord buttons, and 37 different sitar riffs (played in raga Todi) on the keys. Given the way the Optigan's sounds constantly loop in sync with each other, this allows for an endless recombination of sitar riffs. For instance, you can play the first half of one riff, then play a different key and get the 2nd half of another riff.

Sitar by Rama

Rama resides in San Diego, CA and is the leader of UBUV (Universal Beats Universal Vibe), an electronic music and dance performance group focused on raising the vibratory level of consciousness within individuals through his art.

Tabla by Justin DeHart

From Sacramento, California, Justin DeHart has studied tabla under the tutelage of maestro Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College in San Rafael, CA, and at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. He has furthered his studies recently with Arup Chattopadhyay and Kartik Seshadri in San Diego. In addition to learning tabla, he has traveled to India on a Fulbright scholarship to study the South Indian Mridangam (barrel drum) for a period of nine months with T.H. Subash Chandran in 2001.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - PIANO

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

PIANO is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. It’s features a recording of an upright acoustic piano, with the note attacks dispersed across the disc to allow for rhythmic/arpeggio effects.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - TREMOLO ELECTRIC GUITAR

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

TREMOLO ELECTRIC GUITAR is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. The source is a brand new recording of an electric guitar, played “tremolo” style (ie rapidly plucked), made specifically for this disc.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC -  PIPE ORGAN

An Orchestron Marimba disc compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

PIPE ORGAN is remastered from the original Orchestron master tapes. Our version is a bit brighter and somewhat thinner than the original.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - VIOLIN

An Orchestron Marimba disc compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

VIOLIN is remastered from the original Orchestron master tapes. Our version is a bit brighter than the original.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - STRING ENSEMBLE

This disc is compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

STRING ENSEMBLE is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. The source is an acoustic string ensemble recording (voiced in octaves) from the original Optigan/Orchestron master tapes. This scale was never used for any Optigan or Orchestron disc… until now!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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OPTIGAN DISC - SURF ROCK

Surf’s up! It’s time to wax the board and catch a wave! Optigan.com is proud to present Surf Rock, featuring the vintage sounds of the 1960’s surf scene. For this music program disc, we’ve gone into the recording studio with a couple of SoCal’s best surf rockers.

Reverb enthusiast Matt Quilter is one-half of the guitar assault from the award-winning Reventlos, whose quirky instro albums alternately intrigue and horrify surf music purists. In addition to his duties on guitar, he co-produced the documentary feature Pounding Surf! an insider's look at the SoCal surf music scene from 1961 to the present day. For the Optigan session, he chose from his arsenal a Fender Stratocaster played through a blond Fender Tremolux and Reverb unit, both from 1963.

Lee “Kix” rarely strays from playing Death-Surf / Afro-Billy music with the Reventlos. However in days past he has recorded with world famous instrumental guitar gods, The Ventures. As a veteran of many Linn Drum sessions, Kix is no stranger to having his drums sampled for posterity. The Optigan session was recorded with vintage 1960's Oaklawn Camco drums, 20x14 bass drum and 14x5.5 metal snare. The 12x8 and 14x10 toms used in the session were obtained when Kix was a Los Angeles Camco endorsee in the mid-70's.

Left Hand: Bass, Guitar, Drums.

Right Hand: Tremolo Electric Guitar.

Special Effects: Guitar Gliss, Drums, Tom-Toms, Snare Fill, Guitar C Chord.

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OPTIGAN DISC - PIANOSCAPE

They said it couldn’t be done, but we’ve done it! We’ve brought the sound of a spinet piano to the Optigan Music Maker in a way that is both musically captivating and strangely haunting. You’ll enjoy creating your own piano soundscape by merely pressing a few buttons and playing a few keys.

Now we’re going to test your creativity! Try playing this music program disc with any of the Optigan Music Books. Give up? Next, try holding down as many of the keys as you can. Ah, that’s nice. Now it’s your turn to challenge your friends and family to create their own piano soundscape. Pianoscape!

Playing tips:

The attack of the keyboard piano tones are staggered across a 16th-note grid, such that by playing chords with your right hand, a windchime-like arpeggio effect is achieved. A drum loop is provided to help with your timing. The bass notes are staggered on a 1/2-note grid, and the chords on a 1/4-note grid.

Optigans equipped with a spring reverb will provide the most haunting sound, which is further enhanced by inserting the disc upside-down for backwards play.

Left Hand: Piano Chords

Right Hand: Piano

Special Effects: Bb Piano Bass, F Piano Bass, C Piano Bass, G Piano Bass, Drums.

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OPTIGAN DISC - MINIMALISM

Here's a hot new sound for the 1970s, straight from New York City! Mesmerizing musical kaleidoscopes throb from East Village loft windows and trendy art gallery doors, where less is definitely more More MORE! And you can be right there on the scene with the new Optigan Minimalism program disc!

Your left hand conducts a tight ensemble of organ, flute, saxophones and bass clarinet - pulsing bass on the special effect tabs, and whirling arpeggios on the chord buttons. Your right hand plays vocal solfege melodies, sung for you by none other than Tara Busch of AnalogSuicide.com!

So fill up your glass and take a deep, satisfying gulp from the sonic ocean of Minimalism!

Performance Notes:

The Optigan Minimalism program disc was arranged specifically to allow for a large variety of extended harmonies by pressing two or more chord buttons simultaneously. For instance, holding down C Maj and E Min will produce a C Maj7 chord. G Maj and D Min combined will produce a G9 chord. Also, since the basslines on the special effects tabs contain no thirds, they can be used equally well in major or minor keys. Let your own imagination be your guide, and make your own kind of music!

Left Hand: Electric Organ, Flute, Saxophones, Bass Clarinet.

Right Hand: Female Vocal Solfege.

Special Effects: Bb Bass, F Bass, C Bass, G Bass, D Bass.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - MARIMBA

An Orchestron Marimba disc compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

MARIMBA is an entirely NEW sound for the Orchestron. The source is an acoustic marimba recording from the original Optigan/Orchestron master tapes. This marimba scale was never used for any Optigan or Orchestron disc… until now!

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - SAXOPHONE

This disc is compatible with Orchestron, and Panoptigon players.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

This is not a simple photocopy of an original vintage Orchestron disc, it’s completely re-mastered and re-created from scratch, using the original sounds from the Orchestron master tapes. In other words, this disc won’t sound 100% exactly like the original discs in every tiny detail. Specifically:

  • Since there’s usually no way to precisely identify the exact 2-second excerpt that was originally used from each sustained note on the master tapes (some of which can be 8-10 seconds long), we’ve simply chosen 2-second excerpts that sounded good in our editing situation.
  • Our Saxophone disc has a little less low-end and a bit more high-end than the original. These can both be easily adjusted with EQ if you’re trying to precisely duplicate the overall tonality of the original discs.
  • The loop joints on our disc are very smooth and for the most part don’t pop/thud the way the originals do.
  • We’ve staggered the loop joints evenly across the disc (instead of placing them all at 12 o’clock), so that no two notes hit their loop joint at the same time.
  • Some of our discs may have very slight periodic crosstalk on some notes (mostly noticeable on higher notes), owing to miniscule variations in the center hole punching tolerance. Said crosstalk should be well within the acceptable limits that Orchestron users are accustomed to.

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ORCHESTRON DISC - SOLO FRENCH HORN

This disc is solo french horn for Orchestron. Compatible with Orchestron and Panoptigon players.

PLEASE NOTE: This disc WILL NOT play properly in an Optigan! They WILL play, but the sounds will NOT be mapped correctly to the keyboard- they will be mapped mostly haphazardly across the chord buttons. Please don’t order this disc expecting to easily use it in an Optigan.

This is not a simple photocopy of an original vintage Orchestron disc, it’s completely re-mastered and re-created from scratch, using the original sounds from the Orchestron master tapes. In other words, this disc won’t sound 100% exactly like the original discs in every tiny detail. Specifically:

  • Since there’s usually no way to precisely identify the exact 2-second excerpt that was originally used from each sustained note on the master tapes (some of which can be 8-10 seconds long), we’ve simply chosen 2-second excerpts that sounded good in our editing situation.
  • Our French Horn disc has a little more low-end and a bit less upper-mids than the original. These can both be adjusted with EQ if you’re trying to precisely duplicate the overall tonality of the original discs.
  • Our disc has a bit more white noise than the original, apparently an unavoidable result of the mastering process.
  • The loop joints on our disc are very smooth and for the most part don’t pop/thud the way the originals do.
  • We’ve staggered the loop joints evenly across the disc (instead of placing them all at 12 o’clock), so that no two notes hit their loop joint at the same time.
  • Some of our discs may have very slight periodic crosstalk on some notes (mostly noticeable on higher notes), owing to miniscule variations in the center hole punching tolerance. Said crosstalk should be well within the acceptable limits that Orchestron users are accustomed to.

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OPTIGAN DISC - MOD ROCK

It’s a mod, mod world and you know you’re a mod rocker. Now you can prove it to your friends and family when you play the Optigan Music Maker with the new Mod Rock program disc. Press the buttons with a left finger. What is that your hear? Drums, piano, organ, guitar, bass! Who would have believed it? And it’s you playing it! Wow! And wait till you see what you can do with your right hand! You’ll enjoy the Mod Rock program disc even more when you use it to play the contemporary songs that you’ll find in the Optigan Music books. Pick some up today!

Left Hand: Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums, Piano, Organ

Right Hand: Rock Organ.

Special Effects: Drums, Song Introduction, Riffs

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OPTIGAN DISC - RADIOACTIVOX

As the Germans say, Auch Du bist radioaktiv, and you’ll agree after you hear the exciting sounds on Radioaktivox! It’s 1975, and you’re cruising down the Autobahn with the radio humming. The pulsing beat of synthesized drums, bass, and strings carry you along while an airy vocal choir floats through your mind. You’ll enjoy playing the vast range of Krautrock techno-fare. Try playing all your favorite songs, we dare you! Buy an Optigan music book and give it a try. Who knows, it could work.

Left Hand: Synthesized Bass, Strings.

Right Hand: Vocal Choir.

Special Effects: Drums, High Hat, Cymbal and Sine Sweep.

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SERVICE CENTER - 200V ,ZENER
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BASSLINER CAB STYLE REPLACEMENT COVER

$29

This is the replacement cover for the "Cab style" Bassliner. (Bassliner 1x12C or 2x10C)

This will not fit "Wedge Style" Bassliners. (The wedge style cabinets have a rounded front.)

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BlockDock Badge

Price: $5.99

This is the badge that originally came on the BlockDock Series speaker extension cabinets.

It measures a little larger 1 1/4" by 4 1/4"

Since these are used mostly on DIY products, we cannot predict screw depth requirements so this does not include screws.

You will need to source some M3 Metric screws (#4 will also fit, but just barely.)

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Cabinet and Block Feet

These rubber feet were used on all MicroPro, Aviator, and Steelaire cabinets and heads. They are also used on Tone Block 200/201, Pro Block, OverDrive 200, Bass Block 800. These are not the correct part for 101 series or Steelaire rack mount amplifiers.

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Microblock or Interblock replacement knobs

These are OEM replacement knobs for the MicroBlock 45 and the Interblock 45 only.

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REPLACEMENT 101 MINI/REVERB RUBBER FEET

Quilter 101 Mini / Reverb replacement feet. These are original rubber replacement feet which are designed to fit hte 101 Mini and Reverb amplifiers.

SPECS: RUBBER, DIAMETER 0.75", HEIGHT 0.41"

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InterBlock 45

Congrats! This is the best possible choice for your tone! Click add to cart below to continue.

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Petes Special
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OVERDRIVE 200
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FRONTLINER 2x8W
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MICRO BLOCK 45
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BlockDock 12HD
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BlockDock 10TC
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101 Reverb
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Frontliner Grille

Professional Pricing: $99

This T-5052 aircraft grade anodized aluminum alloy grill is the perfect replacement to your dented, beaten, or otherwise worn out grille.

This is the same grille originally placed on your Frontliner 2x8w.

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BASSLINER GRILLE

Professional Pricing: $109.99

This T-5052 aircraft grade anodized aluminum alloy grill is the perfect replacement to your dented, beaten, or otherwise worn out grille.

This is the same grille originally placed on your Bassliner.

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Aluminum Back Strap

Professional Price: $19.99

This is the back mounting strap for the following

Bassliner (All Versions)

Frontliner 2x8w

NOTE: THIS WILL NOT FIT ON A BLOCKDOCK 10TC or 12HD

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Thumbscrew

Professional Price: $2.50

HARDWARE,THUMBSCREW,10-32" X 1/2",5/8" DIAMETER BLACK KNOB,STAINLESS STEEL,

These fit on any Bassliner, Frontliner, or Steelaire speaker that is US made. Per piece price. If you are replacing a red thumbscrew, this is a correct substitute part.

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Mach 2 Ext Cab With NO SPEAKER

$399

This is the same as a Mach 2 Extension cab only without a speaker so you can choose your own. This extension cab has a rear mounted speaker on the baffle and so should accept most any speaker so long as it has a normal (8 evenly spaced holes) bolt pattern.

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Mach 2 12 INCH EMPTY CABINET

Professional price $359

You love Quilter amplifiers, but you also love "Brand-X" speakers. Wouldn't it be nice to convert your head into the Quilter amp of your dreams? Well now you can!

The Mach 2 Empty 12 is the solution that allows you to build your Quilter the way you want. Accepts standard stamped-frame 12-inch speakers. Due to the recessed front-mount construction, cast frame speakers will not fit

Kit contains an empty 12" cabinet with speaker mounting screws, and 12" ballistic nylon cover. Everything you need to convert your MicroPro head or other Mach2 amp into a 12 inch combo.

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Instructions for mounting the head can be found here.

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QUILTER HAT LARGE/XL

By popular demand, Quilter Performance amplification has released our 2018 special edition Quilter hats!

The Flexfit 110 Adjustable Cap fits all from large to extra large size. Quilter Labs has taken headwear fashion to a new level with the recent debut of its Flexfit 110 adjustable hat. Both stylish and practical, our latest offering combines the ease of an adjustable cap with technology of a fitted cap. Featuring a patented technology that weaves polyurethane spandex into the sweatband and throughout the entire crown, providing a superbly comfortable fit. This winning combination leads to a perfect "fitting" snapback at an unparalleled level of comfort. Different from any cap on the market, this hybrid snapback is unmatched in both comfort and quality. From the intricately stitched eyelets to the fused hard buckram sewn into the crown, this cap was built to last. The durable wool blend material also features a moisture-absorbent sweatband to keep you cool. Other features include a matching color undervisor and reinforced stitching for added durability. This is the ultimate one-size-fits-all cap with an unmatched level of comfort and function. Get yours now!

L/XL (7 1/8” - 7 5/8”)


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QUILTER HAT SMALL/MEDIUM

By popular demand, Quilter Performance amplification has released our 2018 special edition Quilter hats!

The Flexfit 110 Adjustable Cap fits all from small to medium size. Quilter Labs has taken headwear fashion to a new level with the recent debut of its Flexfit 110 adjustable hat. Both stylish and practical, our latest offering combines the ease of an adjustable cap with technology of a fitted cap. Featuring a patented technology that weaves polyurethane spandex into the sweatband and throughout the entire crown, providing a superbly comfortable fit. This winning combination leads to a perfect "fitting" snapback at an unparalleled level of comfort. Different from any cap on the market, this hybrid snapback is unmatched in both comfort and quality. From the intricately stitched eyelets to the fused hard buckram sewn into the crown, this cap was built to last. The durable wool blend material also features a moisture-absorbent sweatband to keep you cool. Other features include a matching color undervisor and reinforced stitching for added durability. This is the ultimate one-size-fits-all cap with an unmatched level of comfort and function. Get yours now!

S/M (6 3/4” - 7 1/4”)


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MACH2 8 INCH CONVERSION KIT

Use this kit to convert your Mach 2 head into an 8 inch combo. Includes cover, 8 inch combo cabinet, and 8 inch speaker. Instructions for installation can be found here.

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MicroBlock 45 AC Adaptor

This is a MicroBlock 45 AC Adaptor. A perfect replacement for your lost or damaged Adaptor.

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Bass Block In Depth

A word on the technology behind the Bass Block 800 from Pat Quilter

Unlike our guitar amps, which have an intentionally low damping factor for greater warmth and tone, the Bass Block uses conventional voltage feedback to achieve a "stiff" output impedance, to maintain tighter control on large bass speakers. The actual damping factor for the Bass Block is approximately 40, which may not seem very high, but it is sufficient to reduce load-dependent frequency variations to less than 0.2dB, while leaving just a bit of "warmth" to avoid an overly sterile sound.

There's a lot more to effective bass performance than damping factor however. Amps that "don't deliver" probably suffer more from lame pre-amp voicings, inadequate power supplies, poorly behaved clipping, and lack of thermal capacity - all possibly acceptable in consumer gear but not to be compared to standards in the pro-audio field, like the many reliable QSC amps that we have made over many decades.

The Bass Block starts with a solid pro-audio power platform, derived from the very successful QSC K-series speaker series, but with higher current FETs to meet the needs of high current bass speakers. The Bass Block has a well-regulated power supply that supports 90V peak outputs, and the output current limit is sufficent to drive full voltage down to about 2.5 ohms, to ensure robust performance into real-world 4 ohm cabinets. We combine this with an artfully designed preamp with bass-specific EQ points and a very effective multi-section "bottomless" limiting system that prevents obtrusive clipping without limiting the dynamics or smooth surge of power.

Getting back to damping factor, the term expresses the ratio between the amp's internal impedance, and the impedance of the load, which is mostly the resistance of the voice coil. The presence of the voice coil resistance will always put a limit on how much "control" the amp can put on the cone motion; once the amp resistance is well below the voice coil resistance there is very little change even for "infinite" damping. It would be more enlightening to look at the inverse term, which is called "regulation" - the percentage of voltage drop from no-load to full-load. A damping factor of 1:1 (very low) equates to a regulation of 50%, which would allow a highly audible 6dB change in frequency response vs speaker impedance peaks and dips. 10:1 equates to a regulation of 9%, yielding less than 0.8dB frequency loading effect, which is already "pretty good". At 40:1, we're at 2.5% regulation, or 0.2dB - and 1000:1 or 10000:1 will only cut this negligible effect closer to zero. (In contrast, our guitar amps are designed with a high output impedance, causing a very audible frequency vs impedance response of up to 12dB, which brings out the full tone of guitar speakers).

So bottom line: good bass performance starts with a foundation of a reasonably "stiff" amplifier, with the all-important high voltage and current reserves to cope with speaker impedance changes, and a power supply having adequate capacity to support heavy low frequency transients. Using this foundation, we add a good-sounding preamp that has been artfully voiced to bring out the best qualities of the modern bass guitar, plus a nice set of real-world convenience features, all in a 4-pound package.

It's true that modern bass speakers are much closer to conventional pro-audio practice than guitar speakers, and are tuned to perform well with stiff amplifiers; we have found however that chasing that last couple of percent of regulation has no benefit in transient response, and if anything, it's better to leave a small amount of warmth in the response.

Those readers seeking an old-school tube-amp bass sound will like our 200-watt Tone Block series, which play louder than you would think due to the “inflationary” properties of our guitar-amp output impedance. These are well suited for bass players who like to exploit overdrive. The Bass Block will “growl” a bit when pushed, but never really bottoms out.

Best regards

Pat Quilter

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Bass Block 800

The long awaited solution for bass players is here!

(Suggested price: $599)

Built from the Ground up:

Built specifically for the bass guitar, the Bass Block 800 represents the culmination of years of research and development. Unlike many of today's compact bass amps, the Bass Block 800 is not simply an existing consumer-grade power module married to a pre-amp, but a comprehensive power system that responds dynamically and musically to the player’s instrument and touch.

Ultra-Light, Ultra-Strong:

The Bass Block is so light you might forget you are carrying it to the gig! Using an ultralight aluminum chassis, internal fan-cooled heat sink, and ferreting out every ounce possible, the Bass Block manages to pack 800 watts into a sturdy and insanely lightweight 4-lb package.

Real world power at any voltage:

Using high power technology developed for world-class pro audio touring, the Bass Block 800 delivers effortless reserves of power to maintain tight control of the speaker without clipping or bottoming out. The universal-voltage power supply delivers smooth and powerful response regardless of “club voltage” surges. The amp works on any voltage, anywhere. Plug it in, turn it up, enjoy the effortless beauty of the tone!

The most "musical" bass head ever?

Pat Quilter’s first amp was built in 1967 for his brother’s bass player, and great bass tone remains a key passion. The modern bass is a full-range instrument, with much different dynamic requirements than electric guitar. Low frequencies require more horsepower to move air, and the instrument demands percussive response without bottoming out or obtrusive limiting. The Bass Block provides 800 “real watts” to build on, and the preamp is optimized to make the best use of that power, providing more effective headroom with less stress on the speakers. Unique bass-specific EQ controls allow the bassist to quickly dial in a wide range of tones to match any instrument, and a special 2-stage limiter prevents bottoming out without suppressing dynamic response and feel. A Master control allows the peak power point to be adjusted to safely power any size of speaker, from giant stacks down to compact studio units. A prolonged field testing program has confirmed that every component in the Bass Block 800 is focused on creating the ultimate musical instrument for bass players. You will feel it every moment of every gig. Effortless, powerful, and exacting tone at your fingertips. The ultimate tool in your arsenal.

Specifications:

Includes Deluxe carrying case!


Power Output:

225 watts-16 Ohms, 450 watts-8 ohms, 800-watts, 4 ohms (2 Ohm use possible, but may experience clipping at high volume.)
AC Power Req.:
100–240Vac, 50–60 Hz, 250 W typical, 1000W peak.
Signal Connections:
PASSIVE INPUT: ¼" mono (full gain), 2 meg
ACTIVE INPUT: ¼" mono (-10dB gain), 30K
LINE INPUT: XLR 10K balanced, 1V full scale.
LINE OUTPUT: XLR, quasi-balanced, 400 ohms, 1V full scale
Controls:
GAIN CONTROL MUTE BUTTON (with red warning LED)
DEPTH CONTROL (100Hz Hi-Q bass control)
CONTOUR CONTROL (Low-mid scoop, flat, treble cut)
MASTER CONTROL (adjusts peak power from 0 to 800W)
PILOT LIGHT (“winks” if the amplifier is driven into thermal limiting)
Speaker Connections:
4-8 ohms, 90V, 25A peak
Dual ¼” jacks, 8 ohms each
Speakon (2 wire) 4-8 ohms.
Headphone Out:
3.5mm mini-jack, 20 ohms per side, 2V peak.
Dimensions:
H x W x D 8.5”(218mm) x 7.5” (190mm) x 3” (76mm)
Weight:
3.7 lbs (2kg)
Approvals:
UL recognized, tested to conform to FCC/CE limits for Class B devices.

More specs? Click here for the manual, or Click here for an in depth message on the technology behind the Bass Block 800.

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Tone Block 201 Stereo Rackmount

Suggested Price: $995

The Quilter ToneBlock 201 Stereo Rackmount.

Designed as the ultimate solution to power rack mount effects, the Tone Block Stereo Rackmount delivers 400 watts of aggressive power for artists who need the flexibility of up to 400 watts stereo while simultaneously providing deep and warm tube tone that never fails. Weighing in at a mere 9 pounds, the Tone Block is designed to simplify both the connections and setups that make playing rack mount equipment desirable.

Utilizing Quilter's patent pending technology, we are able to deliver more than just power. The tone and responsiveness are easily the match of even the best tube amplifiers except... They don't break down, they sound great even at moderate stage volumes, they have an active power supply making them incredibly consistent even when the venue's voltage is lacking and making international travel as simple as plugging in. Anywhere in the world!

Try one today and upgrade your tone!

Need help choosing a Quilter? Check out the guide at this link here.

Specifications:

  • Dual ToneBlock 201 200 watt amplifiers.
  • Dual AC cables
  • ToneBlock 200 Rack Mount kit.
  • Pre-assembled.
  • Put it in your rack and hook it up to your rig!
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Tone Block 201

Suggested Price: $499

The Quilter ToneBlock 201 is the next generation of Quilter Lab's highly vaunted Tone Block 200. It represents the culmination of a guitar head powerful enough to take on even the most heavyweight amp, but light enough and small enough to cozy up on your board with your favorite pedals. With rack mounting options, you can even build the ultimate stereo amplifier for your rack modeling system. With all the tone of Quilter Lab's next generation solid state technology, it is going to feel like you plugged into a tube amp. All analog, no emulation, just amazing tone.

Useful:

The most power you have ever experienced in the smallest possible package. From the pedalboard to the rack, the Tone Block delivers on the promise of lightweight, next generation Quilter tone in the most diminutive of packages.

Practical:

From the Quilter proprietary direct out to the jaw dropping tube-like tone, never before has so much clean headroom been put into such a practical application. Set it up with your pedals or your rack mount effects to achieve incredible results effortlessly.

Versatile:

Use it anywhere, in any setting. It is everything you love about tube tone without the tradeoffs or hassles. Plug it in there in the studio through the direct out to record late at night. Then crank it into your favorite cabinets at the gig. All the while without giving up on your tone, your way through the front end you already love. Or just bring it along as a backup. Either way, there is no end to the ways the Tone Block has your back at every gig, every night, any place on the face of the earth.

Specifications:

  • Includes a deluxe carry case.
  • 0 - 200 Watts of real world power with calibrated power markings
  • Gain, Tri-Q Contour, Voicing, Hi-Cut, and Master controls
  • 1/4" high impedance input
  • Effects Send and Return
  • Dual 1/4" Mono outputs for variable loads 16 to 4 ohms
  • Proprietary direct out
  • 4 Pounds
  • 8 3/8"W x 3"H x 7 1/2"D
  • Ultra Compact (Roughly the size of a double wide effects pedal)
  • Universal power supply. (Take it anywhere in the world without need for transformers or switches.)
  • Locking power cable

Need help choosing a Quilter? Check out the guide at this link here.

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S Quilter Logo T-Shirt

$14.99

More than just the best looking shirt on the market today, Quilter Logo Tees use Koala shirts for the ultimate in soft pleasant wear.

They stand the test of time and help you look good doing it.

This is for size Small.

Made with 52% Cotton, 48% Polyester.

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L Quilter Logo T-Shirt

$14.99

More than just the best looking shirt on the market today, Quilter Logo Tees use Koala shirts for the ultimate in soft pleasant wear.

They stand the test of time and help you look good doing it.

This is for size Large.

Made with 52% Cotton, 48% Polyester.

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XL Quilter Logo T-Shirt

$14.99

More than just the best looking shirt on the market today, Quilter Logo Tees use Koala shirts for the ultimate in soft pleasant wear.

They stand the test of time and help you look good doing it.

This is for size XL.

Made with 52% Cotton, 48% Polyester.

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XXL Quilter Logo T-Shirt

$14.99

More than just the best looking shirt on the market today, Quilter Logo Tees use Koala shirts for the ultimate in soft pleasant wear.

They stand the test of time and help you look good doing it.

This is for size XXL.

Made with 52% Cotton, 48% Polyester.

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Pro Block Stereo

Suggested Price: $1,097

The Quilter Pro Block 200 Rackmount is revolutionizing rack mount effects processors.

Designed as the ultimate solution to power rack mount effects, the Pro Block Stereo Rackmount delivers 400 watts of aggressive power for artists who need the flexibility of up to 400 watts stereo while simultaneously providing deep and warm tube tone that never fails. Weighing in at a mere 9 pounds, the Tone Block is designed to simplify both the connections and setups that make playing rack mount equipment desirable.

Utilizing Quilter's patent pending technology, we are able to deliver more than just power. The tone and responsiveness are easily the match of even the best tube amplifiers except... They don't break down, they sound great even at moderate stage volumes, they have an active power supply making them incredibly consistent even when the venue's voltage is lacking and making international travel as simple as plugging in. Anywhere in the world!

Try one today and upgrade your tone!

Need help choosing a Quilter? Check out the guide at this link here.

Specifications:

  • Dual Pro Block 200 200 watt amplifiers.
  • Dual AC cables
  • Pro Block 200 Rack Mount kit.
  • Pre-assembled.
  • Put it in your rack and hook it up to your rig!
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Pro Block 200

Suggested Price: $549

The Quilter ProBlock 200 is a next generation guitar head powerful enough to take on even the most heavyweight amp, but light enough and small enough to cozy up on your board with your favorite pedals. With rack mounting options, you can even build the ultimate stereo amplifier for your rack modelers. With all the tone of Quilter Lab's next generation solid state technology, it is going to feel like you plugged into a tube amp. All analog, no emulation, just amazing tone.

Useful:

The most power you have ever experienced in the smallest possible package. From the pedalboard to the rack, the Tone Block delivers on the promise of lightweight, next generation Quilter tone in the most diminutive of packages.

Advanced:

Next generation Quilter overdrive delivers quieter and more capable tone from incredible cleans to powerful overdrive. With Quilter's proprietary Direct Out you can further simplify your setup and plug straight into the console.

Controlled:

You decide where you want your external time based effects, before gain or after through the FX Loop. Too much high? Notch it out. Not enough spongy sag? Turn up the limiter. The Pro Block carries the torch of the Tone Block even further as a fully functional head.

Specifications:

  • Includes Deluxe carrying case!
  • 0 - 200 Watts of real world power with calibrated power markings
  • Gain, Master and Contour controls
  • Limiter
  • Tri-Q
  • Reverb
  • Hi-Cut
  • 1/4" high impedance input
  • Dual 1/4" Mono outputs for variable loads 16 to 4 ohms
  • Proprietary direct out
  • 4 Pounds
  • 8 3/8"W x 3"H x 7 1/2"D
  • Ultra Compact (Roughly the size of a double wide effects pedal)
  • Universal power supply. (Take it anywhere in the world without need for transformers or switches.)
  • Locking power cable

Need help choosing a Quilter? Check out the guide at this link here.

Want to learn more? Click here for the manual.

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Black Leather Replacement Handle

$10.99

This handle is a replacement handle for Quilter amplifiers in Black leather.

(Steelaire, Aviator, MicroPro Mach 2 Series and extensions.)

Replace that worn out brown leather handle with a new one.

Although we can't promise it will make your tone better, a new handle sure does look good on your Quilter!

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Brown Leather Replacement Handle

$10.99

This handle is a replacement handle for the original MicroPro Gen 1 Series in Brown leather.

(Micropro 8, 10, 12, and extension.)

Replace that worn out brown leather handle with a new one.

Although we can't promise it will make your tone better, a new handle sure does look good on your Gen 1 MicroPro.

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Micropro/Aviator 8 Inch Combo Replacement Slip Cover

This slip cover is made of durable ballistic Nylon and is everything you need to keep the dust/water/etc... off of your investment in tone.

Designed to fit the Original Gen 1 MicroPro 8 inch, the MicroPro Mach 2 8 inch, and the Aviator 8 inch combo amplifiers, this slip cover is built to last and will provide years of service.

Note: Gen 1 MicroPro owners be advised, this is not the same as the original ultra-padded cover which was discontinued.

The original version was changed over to the slip cover version based on customer preference.

This will roll up and stow away easier than the original.

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MicroPro 10/12 Inch Replacement Slip Cover

This slip cover is made of durable ballistic Nylon and is everything you need to keep the dust/water/etc... off of your investment in tone.

Designed to fit both the Mach 2 and the Original Gen 1 MicroPro 10 or 12 inch combo, this slip cover is built to last and will provide years of service.

Note: Gen 1 MicroPro owners be advised, this is not the same as the original ultra-padded cover which was discontinued.

The original version was changed over to the slip cover version based on customer preference.

This will roll up and stow away easier than the original.

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MicroPro Extension Replacement Slip Cover

This slip cover is made of durable ballistic Nylon and is everything you need to keep the dust/water/etc... off of your investment in tone.

Designed to fit both the Mach 2 and the Original Gen 1 MicroPro extension cabinets (Including the HD models), this slip cover is built to last and will provide years of service.

Note: Gen 1 MicroPro owners be advised, this is not the same as the original ultra-padded cover which was discontinued.

The original version was changed over to the slip cover version based on customer preference.

This will roll up and stow away easier than the original.

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Aviator Combo Replacement Slip Cover

This slip cover is made of durable ballistic Nylon and is everything you need to keep the dust/water/etc... off of your investment in tone.

Designed to fit the Aviator Open Back Gen 1 or Gold (Including the HD models) combo amplifiers, this slip cover is built to last and will provide years of service.

Let your tone soar, and be sure that you protect your amp from snags and tears with material so strong it is used on bulletproof vests!

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Aviator Extension Replacement Slip Cover

This slip cover is made of durable ballistic Nylon and is everything you need to keep the dust/water/etc... off of your investment in tone.

Designed to fit the Aviator Open Back Gen 1 or Gold (Including the HD models) Extension Cabinets, this slip cover is built to last and will provide years of service.

Let your tone soar, and be sure that you protect your amp from snags and tears with material so strong it is used on bulletproof vests!

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Steelaire Combo Replacement Slip Cover

This slip cover is made of durable ballistic Nylon and is everything you need to keep the dust/water/etc... off of your investment in tone.

Designed to fit the Steelaire combo amplifier, this slip cover is built to last and will provide years of service.

Let your tone soar, and be sure that you protect your amp from snags and tears with material so strong it is used on bulletproof vests!

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Steelaire Extension Replacement Slip Cover

This slip cover is made of durable ballistic Nylon and is everything you need to keep the dust/water/etc... off of your investment in tone.

Designed to fit the Steelaire Extension Cabinet, this slip cover is built to last and will provide years of service.

Let your tone soar, and be sure that you protect your amp from snags and tears with material so strong it is used on bulletproof vests!

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HD Logo Badge

Price: $9.99

This replacement badge is the perfect match when upgrading your Gen 1 or Mach 2 Extension cabinet to a Heavy Duty speaker.

Let the world know you have something incredible under the hood!

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Quilter Speaker Cable

Price: $12.00

Injection molded Quilter speaker cable is a direct replacement for your Tone Block, Steelaire, 101, or other head.

Made from rugged 18 gauge cord, it is more than capable of withstanding the full fury of a Quilter amplifier safely.

Features the Quilter logo embossed on each 1/4" section.

Specs:

- 18 in long

- 1/4" to 1/4"

- 18 gauge cable

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MicroPro Head Refresh Kit

This "refresh" kit allows you to replace your worn out MicroPro Head Base.

Kit contains:

- Replacement wooden base

- 1/4" to 1/4" cable

- Rear lip gasket

- Deluxe head case to replace your worn case.

It is everything you need to return your MicroPro to it's original condition.

Warning: The MicroPro is not a user serviceable item. Maintain all safety precautions at all times. Do not attempt to perform this replacement yourself. Seek out qualified repair personnel to perform this replacement.

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101 Mini Head

Suggested Price: $329

An incredibly potent amplifier so light, it feels like an empty box.

The Quilter 101 Mini Head:

Imagine being able to pack 5 of history's greatest sounding amplifiers into a package so small it fits in the pouch of your gig bag.

Imagine a head so light you almost forgot it was there. Imagine a streamlined set up that only takes a few moments.

Forget about the problems you are used to, like bad voltage or tiny stages. Plug it in and turn it up.

Your friends stop snickering and their jaws begin to drop as a generous helping of Quilter wattage fills the room. Now they are asking where to get theirs. Welcome to a whole new world of practical and affordable tone.

Lightweight:

Your back has been waiting for this since the first time you laid hands on a heavy amp. With the 101 Mini Head, you can have gloriously huge tone without lugging around bulky and temperamental heads.

On the stage:

Real world power that sounds even bigger than tube technology. Unlike last-generation solid state technologies, Quilter amplifiers have enormous internal headroom far above our published rated power. This means you get extra voltage swing, huge transients and, more importantly, the feel and harmonic content you can't usually get without glowing bottles.

At home:

Turn the Master way down, or plug in your headphones and keep it totally quiet as you work on your music late into the evening. The 101 Mini Head is the perfect missing link between your effects and your speaker cab, and tucks in anywhere to make your DAW look even more beautiful.

Get one:

Backed by a industry-leading warranty, Quilter amplifiers are setting new standards in performance amplification. Your new Quilter 101 will be far more reliable than any traditional technology and is backed by a team with a passion for music and a commitment to ensuring you get the most from your tone -- every gig, every song, every time.

Specifications:

  • 50 watts of “FullQ” power with up to 100 watts on the "clean" settings (Jazz and Surf)
  • Gain, Tri-Q, Voicing, Hi-Cut and Master controls
  • 1/4" high impedance input jack
  • Effects Loop: 1/4" Send and Return jacks
  • 1/8" Headphone jack for quiet practice
  • Dual 1/4" speaker outputs for variable loads 16 to 4 ohms
  • Standard IEC power cable (non locking)
  • Universal power supply -- take it anywhere in the world without need for transformers or switches
  • Ultra compact (roughly the size of a double wide effects pedal)
  • 8 3/8"W x 3 1/8"H x 5 1/2"D
  • 2 Pounds

Need help choosing a Quilter? Check out the guide at this link here.

Want to check out the manual? Right mouse click here and save it to your local desktop.

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Steelaire DC Cable

$9.99

Steelaire DC Power Cable - (For DC power supply to pedals.)

This is a 36 inch DC to DC replacement or spare for your Steelaire combo.

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Celestion BN12-300s

$189

This is the heart of our HD series lineup. The powerful neodymium magnet and large voice coil lend themselves to a speaker that is at once, powerful and responsive.

Developed using Celestions unrivalled knowledge of Neodymium structures, they feature an incredibly fast and responsive performance.

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Block Series Deluxe Case

This is the case you've been waiting for. A perfect fit for all your Block and 101 Series Quilter heads, it provides everything you need to keep your Quilter amplifiers safe and comfy on the road. Featuring a padded deluxe style case, we used Ballistic Nylon (The same thing used in bulletproof vests.) in order to ensure the ultimate in fit and protection.

Fits the following: Tone Block 200, Tone Block 201, Pro Block 200, Overdrive 200, Bass Block 800, 101 Mini, and 101 Reverb.

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Steelaire Extension Cabinet

Suggested Price: $799

The Steelaire Extension delivers the ideal 15 inch sealed enclosure sound for demanding players. Weighing in at a mere 34 pounds, the reinforced 15 ply baltic birch is truly an epic and powerful tone. Designed by Pat Quilter and road tested by touring professionals, this is the perfect compliment to the Steelaire Combo and a powerful speaker in its own right in combination with your Steelaire rack mount head. The all-important loudspeaker is the result of a lengthy collaboration between Pat Quilter and Eminence Speakers. We started with Eminence's pro-audio cast-aluminum 15 inch frame for maximum rigidity and strength. To this we added a 3-inch aluminum voice coil, powerful neo magnet, and hyperbolic cone to assure outstanding frequency response, power handling, and freedom from breakup. As a finishing touch, a 4 inch aluminum dome adds a hint of sweet metallic chime, resulting in a creamy full bodied tone with a citrus-y finish.

The Steelaire Extension cabinet, constructed from 15-ply Baltic birch and covered with fabric-backed tolex, is the ultimate in rugged road gear while maintaining a classy boutique appearance. A padded, reinforced nylon cover is included to preserve its good looks for many years of service. The Steelaire Extension is intended to be the world's best amplifier, regardless of weight, for the steel player or any instrumentalist who needs the highest grade professional equipment. But with modern electronics and 15” neo speaker, the net weight of 34 lbs makes it easy to get on and off stage promptly without strain. The Steelaire Extension also comes with a speaker cable designed to handle the power of a Quilter Steelaire Combo or Steelaire Rackmount!

Extension Cabinet:34 lbs (16kg), 20 x 23 x 11 in (50.8 x 58.4 x 28 cm)
Powerful:300 watts power handling

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MicroPro Mach 2 - HD (HEAVY DUTY) Extension Speaker

Suggested Price: $649

Want bigger cleans? More articulate highs? Deeper and more resonant lows? HUGE power? No speaker breakup or artificial speaker coloring? The Mach 2 HD extension was made for you. It is everything you already love about Quilter amplifiers made even better.

More than just a companion to the MicroPro Mach 2 Series, as well as the Aviator 8 inch, our extension cab is designed to integrate perfectly with our smaller combos. Our integrated rubberized molded corners provide protection and a solid mounting point for the MicroPro Head, 8, 10, and 12 combos as well as the Aviator Head and 8" Combo. Packed with a light weight neodymium speaker (Celestion BN12-300s), the deeper sealed enclosure will give fuller lows than you thought possible. Prepare yourself for the incredible three dimensional tone that occurs when you put an 8 inch combo on top. Dubbed the "Micro-Stack", or the "Quilter 20", it will spoil you. The modular extension cab completes a fully integrated system that allows you to take as many or as few pieces as you need for the gig. Add to that the high quality meticulous construction made right here in America and you will be blown away by the possibilities.

  • 25 lbs. (11.3 Kg) H18.5 in. x W17.75 in. x D10.5 in.
  • Beautiful and articulate Celestion BN12-300s
  • Closed-back cabinet design for more bass extension
  • Stackable with Quilter amplifiers
  • Comes with padded ballistic nylon cover and speaker cable
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