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"roy blankenship hooked my up with a fellow named ed blum, in new orleans. i posted a few days ago about my ac15 troubles. ed made a house to the house of blues on a sunday (today) and got the amp going again. it was just a loose soldier connection on a tube socket (knock on wood....ill be depressed if something else goes wrong). he got the amp back in business in time for soundcheck. he also brought me his 1x12 el34 amp to check out. very solid little amp. plenty of volume, good useable master volume, nice even compression from low-end to high-end, beautlful reverb (even though im a dry player), and lightweight. ed's been through a lot (hurricane katrina) and he has a great attitude and work ethic. his amp line will launch officially soon (his prices beat all the other boutiques). i wanted to thank him and promote him here."
"I have owned and used my Omen 1x12 combo for about 4 years now. It works well in environment where small size but clean head room is a plus.
My amp has the optional tone stack switch that really gives me a gain increase for solo work or crunch riffing. I presently have an Eminence legend 12 speaker in it.
Amp reminds me of an earlier Fender deluxe but head room and versatility for overdrive without pedals makes the Omen its own sound. Amp was also tweaked by Ed Blum for my personal taste.
Thanks Ed for building me a great tone machine."
"Big sound and tone in a small package. The Wave function really lets you dial in some unique and versatile tones that can serve different musical genres.
This amp is my go to for small club and bar gigs."
"Last year I decided to get my pal and long time amp tech Ed Blum to convert my peavey classic 20 (early 90s tweed tube practice amp with a 10inch speaker) into one of Ed's creations. Pretty much my only instructions I gave him was to make it as Neil Young as possible. Ed gutted the amp. With RCA television tubes and reusing the chassis, he transformed the little peavey into a monster of an amp. I deabud the amp at the always lounge for a sonic youth cover show. People were blown away from the beastly sound that left from such a small one speaker combo. That past year of recording has been way better since Ed's mod on my childhood amp. I'll play out of this thing till I die."
I just wanted to respond briefly about my Blum 'Nemo' amp. I have been a public performer for over 25 years, and have used a lot of amplifiers in my gigs.
Of them all, the Nemo is likely the best suited to my playing style. It has allowed me to create a range of tones and volumes that fit perfectly to the music I play. That is about the best compliment I can give an amplifier.
For me, this is a keeper, and although I do have other amps that come and go, the Nemo will likely be the one I keep and use from here on out.
It is simply outstanding."
"Ed BLUM rewired a 60's PA tube head and installed some vintage tubes in it for me. Now , wherever I gig, this amp draws a lot of attention and has become the envy of players everywhere I go . It kills Marshalls and VOX and has an additional pot that add sonic signatures to the tone that I have never heard from any other amp, at any price. Dumble has nothing on Ed BLUM.
IF YOU ARE A SERIOUS PLAYER YOU DESERVE ONE."
"Mr. Blum has handcrafted these amps with the love and precision that a layperson would dedicate to rearing a human child. As such, each of these gems has its own personality as determined by the hand-crafted and long thought-out guts, custom vintage-style shells, and unique, cosmically-named settings like ''warp'' and ''wave.'' If you are looking for a quality amp and an informed conversation from one who cares, check out Ed and his one-of-a-kind selection of Blum amplifiers. "
Scott / Secret Passage
Thanks to our customers for their kind words...We truly appreciate you.
CHOICE OF CIRCUIT:
Preamp with or without Cathode Follower
Any version of Phase Inverter
Grid biased or Cathode biased Push-Pull Output Stage or Single Ended
Master Volume or none
Tone stack with or without bypass
Tone control or none or with Tone Stack and/or Tone Stack Bypass
Wave control (controls harmonics)
Warp control (warps the signal like a distortion pedal)
Reverb with or without additional Dwell control
Tremolo (Depth and Speed controls)
Volume control is obviously required but still optional if one prefers to control volume with their instrument
CHOICE OF COMPONENTS:
Preamp Tube Choice: Newly manufactured by former Soviet Union countries, etc.
Power Tube Choice : American made NOS tubes made for Television functions but can be used as amplifier tubes (strongly recommended since they are American made therefore last 10 times longer than contemporary tubes and cost less. Plenty available).
Resistor components: Carbon composition, Carbon film, Metal film, Wirewound
Capacitor components: Polyester, NOS paper & oil, Newly manufactured paper & oil
Transformers: These have to be selected based on one's tube & speaker choice.
Rectifiers: Recommended are Solid State diodes, but if one insists on a tube rectifier they need to shell out an arm and a leg for a NOS Mullard or American made rectifier. The contemporarily manufactured tube rectifiers are simply not that reliable and can do some serious damage to your amp when they fail. Either go NOS or with solid state diodes. Sag can still be simulated if so desired.
Note: There may be limitations on certain feature combinations depending on the choice of combination.
I asked Ed Blum to build me an amp a few years ago. Having a deluxe reverb and a vox ac15 was certainly enough. But the opportunity to have Ed design and build a custom amp, well a third amp could fit. Ed had already brought my 78 DR back to life. My vague request was something like, "uh, I want reverb and tremolo, oh and make it sound like it was built in the lat 50s." Whatever! I'm not gonna say what he charged other than, it was the best deal you get for a custom amp. I don't know if it's the old television tubes that provide the character or the combination of reverb and trem being available; but, it's clean sound sparkles. It's responsive to touch and overdrives perfectly with a tele. Enough talking I'm going back to play.
"A few years back, I brought my old Peavey Classic 20 to Ed. This amp, while a fun little thing, had a habit of dying on gigs - right at he worst possible moment. After having it fixed more times than I care to remember, I took it to Ed with the request of building something new, using the cabinet and the chassis.
Well, Ed built an incredible little tone monster with highly flexible sonic options. With 30 watts, it’s loud enough to use on my gigs. The special options Ed built in, besides a very usable gain/volume control line-up, are 2 pull-knob functions. The first one, on the mids knob, boosts the mid-range, the second - on the gain knob - cuts the tone stack out of the circuit. This setting sounds amazing, as the guitar goes straight through the preamp section to the power amp, and really cuts through. The tones can go from nice, clean & crisp to thick, hefty overdrive.
I highly recommend Ed’s work to anyone looking for a great sounding amp."