Milkman The AMP

DougWheeler74

Synchromatic
Jul 10, 2019
607
NE Wisconsin, US
I have a friend who is buying a Creston Tele with Lollar Charlie Christian pickups and is looking for an amp.

Some of his parameters include:

He lives in a condo, which is fairly soundproof but quiet is still high on the list

He is thinking of building a cabinet a bit further down the line.

In his words he will be playing, “This tele will not be a rock ‘n roll guitar. It is going to be suited for more melodic playing whether that is jazz, maybe a little soul, jazz blues, and most of all … some of this and that.”

He is thinking of a Milkman Amp. He asked my opinion and I have no personal experience with one.

Anybody here have any thoughts about this amp or perhaps a different amp for his needs?
 

Chmason85

Synchromatic
May 1, 2018
936
Philadelphia
I’m not super familiar with milkman amps but I thought they were mostly just variations on the Princeton theme? I have a milkman pedal and can say it’s one of my favorites ever
 

Mark W

Country Gent
Jun 6, 2008
1,926
Central Florida
This has both Trem and Reverb and sounded pretty good but I have too many amps already or I would have bought one.
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hooligangorilla

Electromatic
Jan 14, 2022
13
Canada
I’ve never played a real Milkman but since they’re Fender style amps, it definitely sounds like the right call for what he says he wants to use it.

I lived in a small condo and a little 6W silverface Champ combo was my perfect companion. You said he might want to build his own cab, but if he’d like tubes and wants great cleans at low volume, he might be better off saving the hassle and just getting Milkman’s One Watt Plus combo (with power scaling between 1 and 10W!) or the 5W Half Pint combo. Both seem like they’d be ideal, if he didn’t mind a combo.

Speaking from personal experience, Supro could be another to check out. Lots of small amp options with gorgeous clean tone.
 

Chet Harrison

Gretschie
Apr 27, 2020
200
USA
It’s not a modeling amp. It’s just a tube pre married to class D power.

I had one for a while. It sounds great clean and the price is hard to beat for the features it has. The overdriven and edge of breakup tones were not all that great by itself (a single 12AX7 is nice for “warmth,” but kind of buzzy and compressed when you really drive it), so I would stage it out with a couple gain pedals in front of it (boost, OD, fuzz, etc.).

I ended up selling it because I wanted more flexibility (cab sim more than just on or off, different reverb types and controls, etc.). I also wanted to go stereo, which is really great for playing through headphones and monitors at home, which is what I do 99% of the time.

I went with a Flint for reverb and trem and a Cabzeus Stereo for the cab sim. I use a Kingsley for the preamp. I didn’t end up replacing the power section and sold my 1x12 cab.

So basically I ended up putting together a modular rig; it was more expensive than the Amp, but the sound is incredible.

I also had an Iridium for a while and still recommend it even though I didn’t keep it. It might be better than the Amp, depending on what you want to do, what other gear you have, and so on.
 

Chet Harrison

Gretschie
Apr 27, 2020
200
USA
I’ve never played a real Milkman but since they’re Fender style amps, it definitely sounds like the right call for what he says he wants to use it.

I lived in a small condo and a little 6W silverface Champ combo was my perfect companion. You said he might want to build his own cab, but if he’d like tubes and wants great cleans at low volume, he might be better off saving the hassle and just getting Milkman’s One Watt Plus combo (with power scaling between 1 and 10W!) or the 5W Half Pint combo. Both seem like they’d be ideal, if he didn’t mind a combo.

Speaking from personal experience, Supro could be another to check out. Lots of small amp options with gorgeous clean tone.

The Supro 1605RH would be ideal. You can run it direct out without a load.
 

hcsterg

Friend of Fred
Feb 13, 2012
6,394
France
The Supro 1605RH would be ideal. You can run it direct out without a load.

I don't know the Supro 1605RH, but I own the Supro 1605R "Reverb 1964" :

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It's a fine and well-built amp (I mean : not from an anemic construction) :

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The Supro 1605R is perfect for vintage Soul / Rock'n'Roll / RockaBilly styles :cool:. Just don't expect Hi-Gain, or real deep pure clean loud level tones.o_O

Nice, compact, good sounding, I wouldn't part with mine. ;)

A+!
 

hooligangorilla

Electromatic
Jan 14, 2022
13
Canada
The Supro 1605RH would be ideal. You can run it direct out without a load.
Yeah, something like that would be perfect. Mine is a 1600, and at 25W it’s almost stupidly loud, not as good for an apartment as a 1605R. I do know the Supro Comet is also 15W and has power scaling down to 6W I think.

With my 1600, it’s definitely useful if you’re playing with a band and you need a louder clean tone that can keep up with a reasonable drummer… I had a Fender DRRI at one time, and the Supro 1600 is a lot like that but with better dirt tones in my view.
 

DaddyDog

Country Gent
Sep 18, 2011
2,798
Mississauga, Canada
@DougWheeler74 I have owned The Amp for a couple of years now. I think it will be excellent for your friend's needs. I like it so much, I considered also getting the model with just reverb, no tremolo.

I love being able to play quietly at home when my wife is still on work calls. It has ample power to play at gig volume. I use it on my gig board as a built in back up in case my main amp dies. And yes, it saved me once.
 


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