R D Amplification handmade Guitar and Bass amplifiers in the UK

Mark Finning

After meeting Rob and comparing a couple of Amps and Valve choices I made the first decisions with him as to what I wanted. The twin 6V6 power Stage based on the sought after Fender Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Output Stage in combination with the early 1970s Dumble Circuit on the way in is hands-down the best amp I have ever owned to play. I’ve owned it a good few months now and it never ceases to amaze me how articulate, authentic and dynamic the sounds I can get out of it are. Other players I know have tried it and every one of them have been just as knocked out by it as I still am. So versatile and so ‘giggable’ Rob’s attention to detail in building amps is incredible and so obvious, inside and outside of the amp. Plus, his ear for what’s right and wrong, or for the minutest of tweaks which may bring improvements is something else. Whilst I might not understand much but a loose understanding of electronics, what I do know is that having owned at least 6 Valve Amps over the last 20 years that I’ve now got something which doesn’t compromise in any of the sounds I need to get out of it. Each sound from Clean to Crunches to Saturated Lead and everything in between is a joy, in particular, the clean and just-breaking sounds I never thought would make me dismiss Fender Twins, but that’s what I think now. In short, I couldn’t be happier. If you’ve never looked outside of the mainstream brands, or are considering boutique amps then speak to Rob first, you will get equal or better, I have no doubt. Plus, British made and refined to your exact tastes if you wish to spend a little time with Rob (who seems to thrive on making sure he’s going to build exactly what you want). It’s incredible quality gear, and like I started off saying, Rob not only built a great amp for me but he designed and put in the features I knew would make it a perfect fit for me. Cheers Rob

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