WelcomeTLC Amplifiers is a family run business based in Birmingham, UK.
Under the brand name Branston Amplifiers, we create unique hand crafted boutique valve amplifiers.
range are point-to-point hand wired classic V-fronted
guitar combos, inspired by the distinctive look and legendary sound of
the 1959 Watkins Dominator. At the heart of each of
these combos is a faithfully re-engineered magnetics set. A
pair of 1970s vintage speakers, and a set of premium matched valves are
then selected for their warmth, character and tone. At the end
of the matching process, each amplifier is named, and then "dressed";
it is covered with an unique varnished cloth finish, painstakingly
created over 3-4 days, requiring between 7 and 9 finishing processes.
These are guitar amplifiers for the blues connoisseur. No two amps are the same, giving you an exclusive collectors item, uncompromising in its build quality.
We also repair and customise valve and solid state amplifiers, studio equipment, synthesizers and microphones. All of our work is of the highest quality, and is both fully insured and guaranteed.
Locally sourced parts and products are used, where possible.
14/11/15 - Grab a Mistress while you still can!
There is only one Branston Mistress left from the original batch - Donna Lee, the 3rd and the raunchiest Mistress is still available for sale at The Little Guitar Shop in Hockley, Birmingham. This amp (featured above) is a refined version of the classic late '50s Watkins Dominator design, with a pair of Celestion 10" T1927 speakers, with Pulsonic cones, and VVT transformers. It can be simply patched for additional phase-tone variety (the footswitch jack is mounted inside the cabinet), and has Sprague signal line caps. Overall it has the best spec, and is the most feature filled of the three. It is also the heaviest, due to the whopping great speakers.
This week saw the delivery of Branston BBB-30 Custom Multi-Mode Studio Amplifier to Creative Design Studios in Stoke Prior, near Bromsgrove, Worcs. Within hours it was on stage with Halesowen band, Fullshore, at the CDS launch party.
The amplifiers page has recently been updated to include the three completed production Branston Mistress amplifiers. Donna-Lee, Cherylyn, and Betty-Sue are currently at The Little Guitar Shop in Hockley, Birmingham. If you fancy a play, that's where they're at, plus they've got more sexy guitars and amps than you could shake a wiggly stick at.
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