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Rare find! ADA Rocket A10 old school tube amp combo - $450 (Holtwood)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: ADA
model name / number: Rocket 10
$450, cash in-person. Able to ship, but please inquire.

"One of the coolest little combos ever created." I agree! Perfect studio or home amp, but loud enough for a small gig.

I'm finally getting around to selling the last of my tube gear, and yes, I'm sure I'll regret selling this one, too. I kept this awesome single-ended combo amp after making the jump into the digital modeling world. Right now, I'm working on a coupld different solutions. This is a fairly rare item, with only about 200 of them having been built, by ADA in California. And, for those who know, Curt Emery apparently had a hand in the design. One 12AX7 and one EL84, rated at 10 watts. Simple and perfect! Responsive and full sounding.

This amp is definitely worth more than the asking price, considering the quality and compared to other tube amps.

If you're interested, this is available on other sites (where you can set up payments).

I've included photos of the wiring and board. The circuit is PCB, but the tube sockets are not board-mounted, making it relatively easy to work on. Larger transformers open up the headroom, with plenty of clean/edge of breakup volume. Relatively small and light (approx. 21x19x12 and under 38 lbs).

The amp's natural drive is enjoyable, particularly with the gain boost engaged, and plenty of thump boosting the power amp. In my experience, it loves pedals. I ran an Ethos OD pedal (actually, the prototype for it, which I will also be listing) into the front end, and it complements the amp perfectly. I've also run a klone into it, which really emphasizes the amp's natural sound.

Controls are: Treble, Bass, and Volume; switches: are Bright, Gain Boost (preamp), Power Amp Thrust.

Factory 12" speaker mounted inside a ply cabinet.

Tolex is in good overall condition, as shown in the photos. The handle is still in great shape. Signs of use, but I never gigged this beauty. It's always lived in my office/studio (kid, pet, and smoke-free). It's in great condition with one small tear/indentation in the tolex (shown in photo), and some other markings (scuffs, etc.).

The Rocket A10 is a rare and sought-after amp, and they don't come up for sale very often. It was last serviced in 2013, and is still pretty quiet. (I had it on while I was writing this, and I still play it.) Over the years, I didn't play it nearly enough, but I've never needed to change a tube. "Budget-boutique", wonderfully retro style, feel, and sound. Definitely seems to be well built, with affordability in mind, particularly for a made in USA tube amp.

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