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Palmer DREI guitar amplifier

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RRP $1,969.00 Inc. GST
Your Price $1,637.00 Inc. GST
The DREI is pure 'all tube' distortion and will suit the guitarist looking to create their 'unique tone'. Whether it be jazz, rock, funk, blues or any blend in-between, you're in control. With the ability to delve into the tone palette's of the EL84, 6L6 or 6V6 tubes and create the sound you're looking for, this amp will perform night after night on stage, but will also be invaluable in the studio. The DREI is one sweet amp!
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Palmer DREI All Tube Guitar Head

Made in Germany 

Single-ended tube circuits are straightforward and simple, providing the most organic, raw tube sounds possible. In contrast to the more powerful push-pull designs the output of single-ended circuits usually does not exceed 5 Watts. That is why single-ended circuits are mostly found in small practice amps preferred by many top-notch players for recording.

Main benefits of single-ended amps:

  • Extremely responsive

  • highly interactive and touch sensitive

  • purist design with a minimum of components

  • direct signal path

  • pure, natural distortion

Dating back to the first days of vacuum tubes single-ended amplifiers are nothing new. However, the Palmer DREI incorporates THREE of these providing three times the output power of a standard single-ended design! Moreover, it accepts a variety of output tubes which all have their own unmistakable sound characteristics.

The EL84 is bright and “British” sounding with tons of distortion (think Vox amps), the 6V6 provides somewhat darker tones with a smoother “American” distortion flavor (think Fender), and while it is tight and bright at lower volumes the 6L6 becomes progressively darker when driven hard. With the Palmer DREI you can mix and match power tubes from three distinct amplifier tones and thus create your own voice.

Three different single-ended amps in a single unit - that's the Palmer DREI formula!

 

Features:

Tubes:

  • V1 - V3: ECC83 / 12AX7 Hand Selected Preamp Tubes
  • V4: EL 84 / 6BQ5 (Power Amp), 5 Watt RMS ouput power
  • V5: 6V6S (Power Amp), 5 Watt RMS output power
  • V6: 6L6GC (Power Amp), 8 Watt RMS output power
  • V7: GZ34 / 5AR4 (Rectifier)
  • Special design transformers, 200 mA full anode current choke
  • Regulated DC Preamp heating voltage
  • Only 5 passive parts on signal way, all tube design

Controls:

  • Preamp controls: Normal Sättigung (LF, Muddy overdrive), Höhen Sättigung (HF, Tight overdrive), Klang (Tone control)
  • Power amplifiers: Eins (Volume control for EL 84-Single ended tube), Zwei (Volume control for 6V6S-Single ended tube), Drei (Volume control for 6L6GC tube)
  • Strom (Power on-switch), Bereit (Standby-switch)

Connections:

  • Input: 6,3 mm Jack, 1M ohm, tuned for passive pickups
  • Loudspeaker outputs: 6,3 mm Jack, 4 ohm, 8 ohm, 16 ohm

 

 Specifications:

Product type: guitar amplifiers
Type: head
Technology: tube
Class: A
Power: 15 W
Inputs: 1
Input connectors: 6.3 mm Jack
Input impedance: 1 M Ohm(s)
Outputs: 1
Output connectors: 6.3 mm Jack
Output impedance: 8, 4, 16 Ohm(s)
Channels: 1
Display: Power
Controls: tone, preamp saturation, preamp saturation treble, master power amp EINS, standby, Power, mains voltage selector, master power amp ZWEI, master power amp DREI
FX loop: no
Preamp tubes: ECC83
Power amp tubes: EL84, 6L6, 6V6
Rectifier: GZ34
Operating voltage: integrated (115 / 230 V)
Power consumption: 100 W
Cabinet material: sheet steel
Width: 390 mm
Depth: 250 mm
Height: 230 mm
Weight: 14.97 kg
Features: Compatible with EL84, 6L6, 6V6, KT90, KT77, EL34 power tubes
Sensational sound. So unique and flexible!
My first experience with the DREI was seeing it being used in a gig/clinic (Cam Blokland @ the fringe 2012). Once I heard it I just had to go and find out more.

This is a fantastically well made versatile amplifier that would suit musicians who are really looking for their sound.

Everything can be adjusted - volume to each tube, bright and normal volumes, brightness to give the perfect sound, from a rich clean jazz to a dirty overdriven distortion. Will run anything from a 1x10" - 4x12" cab. I've played mine personally with a laney 1x10" celestone 65 and a orange 4x12" celestone vintage 30's with excellent results.

For the jam room/smaller gig venue you have an incredible range for volume. You certainly won't be struggling to keep up with anyone. From a recording/studio POV, the fine control you have with volume allows you to have the all-out gig-volume amp sound, but at a level you can mic up and record with.

You seriously need to hear this beauty, someone finally made an amp built for sheer pleasure.
From: Dave Burley | Date: 17/05/2012 2:31 PM
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Beautiful Clean Sound
I have been combining the DREI with a Fat50 head for some of my bigger shows. I like running 2 heads (1 for clean, 1 for crunch) and when it comes to clean tones, the DREI takes the cake. Absolute tonal freedom that will never break up (unless you want it to). I've been pulling a gorgeous, punchy jazz sound out of it.

Everyone loves this amp, you will too.
From: Cam Blokland | Date: 28/10/2012 11:40 PM
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Studio godsend!
There are few amps as valuable to me in the studio as the Palmer DREI. Thanks to its three individual and blendable output sections (EL84, 6V6 and 6L6) I can quickly create the fundamental sound, control and natural reactivity of most major amp food groups. I can also dial in as much of the Normal or Bright input (or mix them) as need be. This makes for one versatile and valuable studio asset. I've coupled the DREI with a 1x12 Greenback loaded cabinet, also from Palmer, and I’ve used this combo more than any other in my Youtube demos since I've owned it. It's just that good. Try one, you won't regret it.
From: Brett Kingman | Date: 8/04/2013 4:05 PM
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Studio/Small Gig Dream!
I was lucky enough to be one of the first players invited by Sonic Frog to try out the Palmer DREI Triple Single Ended Guitar Amplifier. All I have done is rave about it since!

The 15 watt all valve head doesn't compromise on tone or craftsmanship.

I've used this amp for small gigs (breakup or clean), large gigs (mic'd up) and in studio recording: which is to me, where this amp shines. Make the amp a clean Fender or a cranked up Marshall and you'll fall in love with the tone and the general feel of the amp.

If you like good tone at suitable volumes (studio recording), so the amp can sing, then the Palmer DREI is for you. Try one out!

The DREI also takes pedals incredibly well.
From: Chris Simms | Date: 12/04/2013 4:37 PM
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Tone Goldmine
I plugged my Fender Telecaster '62 reissue into my new Palmer Drei and instantly sounded like a better guitar player. Without a pedal in sight, I could dial up ringing, bell-like clean tones, all the way through to fat heavy crunch, and everything in between.

No menus, nothing digital - just tactile, turn-the-knob(s)-and-see-what-it-does magic.

Built like a tank, it looks like it will last forever. My mid sixties Electravox BR60 head looks positively fragile next to this industrial, all valve, big transformered, powerhouse.

The DREI will be well used and well loved inside and outside my studio.
From: Peter Ryan | Date: 9/07/2013 2:54 PM
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