Vox Night Train NT15C1-CL
Vox gives the Night Train a classic twist with the new NT15C1-CL, featuring traditional exterior styling.
The Night Train series is known for sporting a modern metallic exterior, the new NT15C1-CL sheds this modern design and instead sports classic Vox styling that their long-time fans will appreciate.
The new Night Train NT15C1-CL goes back to the familiar Vox design, featuring the company's distinctive diamond grille cloth and gold label badge. The sound on the other hand stays true to the series, with tones that range from clean to crunch, and from crunch to modern high gain high-gain.
The changes however is just skin deep, because on the inside it still features the same all-tube preamp and poweramp section. The preamp has three 12AX7 tubes while the poweramp features two EL84 tubes that produce sounds that cover the typical Vox sounds and can move up to modern high-gain ground.
The amplifier drives up to 15 Watts RMS into a 12" Celestion G12M Greenback speaker which is housed inside its compact and retro-looking combo cabinet.
According to the official description, "Distinctive within the VOX amp lineup, the Night Train series provides an easy way to enjoy VOX's traditional full-tube sound even in small private spaces, and now it's been powered-up in a big way. The overall sound has also been enhanced, featuring full robust tube sound in a class AB design."
Instead of the usual clean and gain channel, this amp labels the channels differently - Girth and Bright. The Bright channel will sound familiar to Vox fans, featuring the company's distinctive clean/crunch sounds. However, it doesn't end with just classic tones because it has a Thick mode that bypasses the tone control circuit and boosts the gain. This is described to provide a thicker variety of the crunch sound we expect from Vox.
The Girth channel is described as having "a powerful modern high-gain sound that's unparalleled even among VOX amps". It is designed to appeal to guitar players that are looking for a heavier sound. By using an optional VFS2A foot switch, you can switch between the two channels with your foot.
Controls of the NT15C1 Classic include basic 3-band EQ control with knobs for adjusting bass/mid/treble, a master volume knob, a separate volume knob for Girth channel, and knob for adjusting the amp's built-in Reverb effect. It also has comes equipped with send/return effects loop jacks for connecting external effects.
The Night Train NT15C1-CL is currently selling in the UK for around £479.00, and will soon be available in the US with an expected street price of $699.99. Visit Vox Amps for more information.
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