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Metropoulos Metro-Plex 50 watt head and combo project

Help Metropoulos Amplification manufacture the plexi style amp with the features you demanded! 50 watts, head or combo, plexi tones!

Metropoulos Metro-Plex 50 watt head and combo project

Help Metropoulos Amplification manufacture the plexi style amp with the features you demanded! 50 watts, head or combo, plexi tones!

$30,521
pledged of $125,000pledged of $125,000 goal
31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 11 2017 2:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 11, 2017

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About

The Metro-Plex 50 watt head and combo amp is the state of the art evolution of plexi inspired vacuum tube guitar amplifiers.  The tonal heart and soul of this amp is a 1968 Marshall Superlead 100 watt plexi paired with a 1967 basketweave cabinet, loaded with G12M greenback speakers.  The top of the plexi mountain!

Features:

  • 50 watts RMS with 50w/25w switch
  • two foot-switchable channels with independent gain and master volume
  • gain level switches for each channel
  • highly tweaked EQ controls
  • clean boost circuit with gain control and level switch
  • Zero Loss FX Loop with pedal and line level options
  • mid cut switch
  • two button footswitch (channel and boost)

Specs:

  • 21" wide  11" tall  8.25" deep
  • carbon fiber motif
  • 120/240V AC operation switch
  • external bias adjust and terminals

Risks and challenges

Advancing the state of the art requires an obsessive dedication to the craft, that compulsion is present and accounted for. It's helped along by the addition of high end measuring equipment. Specifically, the APx515 audio analyzer. This unit has been a game changer in the pursuit of authentic vintage amp tones. In fact, it has ushered in a completely new approach to achieving those coveted tones.
Conceptualizing this new approach and testing the concept has taken many hours already. Many more resources are still needed to see it fully realized. Getting "in the ballpark" is almost trivial, while truly capturing the tone, vibe, feel, sag, dynamics and harmonics of a great tube amplifier requires dedicated design and critical listening.

Creating and documenting a patent-worthy concept and circuit is no small feat. But this concept must be developed and protected. This requires time and funding. Both are critical and are the catalyst for countless applications and product concepts that may ultimately use this design concept.

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    You get our undying gratitude.

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    Metropoulos coffee mug & extras

    High quality mug, Metropoulos picks and stickers.

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    50 watt head Tuki cover ADD ON

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    Premium Metropoulos hoodie

    Premium quality zip-up hoodie with Metropoulos logo. Silver-gray with black logo or black with silver logo.

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    30 minute guitar lesson with Owen Barry

    Owen Barry Skype's you and gives his undivided attention and guitar virtuosity for 30 minutes.
    Scheduling may be impacted by Owen's tour dates.

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    30 minute online jam with Lance Keltner

    You get 30 minutes of uninterrupted Lance time. Use as you see fit. This could not possibly be boring.

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    Metropoulos High Voltage FET boost pedal

    Reknowned boost circuit fro the Metro-Plex and Super-Plex re-worked into pedal form without compromise.
    Operated at over 200 volts from a standard 9V power supply.
    Includes the tweaked tone stack from the Metro-Plex for huge range of frequency control.

    Includes power supply.

    Retails @ $249 SAVE $49!!

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    Black carbon fiber 2-12 slant cab

    Specifically designed and voiced to mate with the Metro-Plex, this cab has proven an all-around hit. Loaded with Cream Alnicos, it gives most 4-12 cabs a run for their money.

    Classy, modern appeal with carbon fiber covering.
    16 ohms.

    Includes Tuki cover.

    Retails @ $1,199 Tuki @ $100 SAVE $299!!!

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    Early adopter Metro-Plex 50 watt head

    Get in early and save an extra $100, plus get a free a Tuki cover! Limited to first 10.

    Metro-Plex 50 watt head

    The plexi tone amp of the future is here. A new, patent worthy circuit captures the tone, feel and essence of late 60's era plexi amps.
    Features:
    50 watts, switchable to 25 watts
    21" wide, compact form factor
    Switchable gain and master volume controls
    Gain level switches on each channel
    Additional boost circuit with selectable level
    Zero Loss FX loop
    (3) 12AX7 (2) EL34 tubes
    International voltage switch
    Two button footswitch
    Classy carbon fiber motif

    Retails @ $2,699 SAVE $300!!!

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    Metro-Plex 50 watt head

    The plexi tone amp of the future is here. A new, patent worthy circuit captures the tone, feel and essence of late 60's era plexi amps.
    Features:
    50 watts, switchable to 25 watts
    21" wide, compact form factor
    Switchable gain and master volume controls
    Gain level switches on each channel
    Additional boost circuit with selectable level
    Zero Loss FX loop
    (3) 12AX7 (2) EL34 tubes
    International voltage switch
    Two button footswitch
    Classy carbon fiber motif

    Retails @ $2,699 SAVE $200!!!

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    Early adopter Metro-Plex 50 watt combo

    Get in early and save $100, plus get a free Tuki cover! Limited to first 10.

    Same style, tones and features as the MP50 head but in 1-12 combo form. Loaded with Creamback H75 and voiced for iconic plexi tones.
    At last, authentic tones, versatility and practicality in a boutique, hand made in the USA amp.

    Classy black carbon fiber motif

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    Metro-Plex 50 watt, 1-12 combo

    Same style, tones and features as the MP50 head but in 1-12 combo form. Loaded with Creamback H75 and voiced for iconic plexi tones.
    At last, authentic tones, versatility and practicality in a boutique, hand made in the USA amp.

    Classy black carbon fiber motif

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    Metro-Plex head and 2-12 slant cabinet

    Metro-Plex quarter stack! The pinnacle of modern design meets classic tone.
    Instant plug-and-play sonic bliss.

    Loaded with Cream Alnicos and adorned in black carbon fiber.

    Includes custom made Tuki covers for head and cab.

    Retails @ $3,898. Tuki covers @ $165

    SAVE $563!!!

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    The Ultimate Package!

    Here's where it gets fun! I'll fly to your home and deliver your Metro-Plex quarter stack, in person. I'm at your service for 5 hours.

    Eat, drink, jam...make me clean your gutters. Whatever suits you.

    Metro-Plex quarter stack, loaded with Cream Alnicos in your choice of custom color.

    I'll even laser engrave your name in the front panel of this extremely limited edition amp.
    This reward limited to 3.

    Package includes all our swag items. Mug, shirts, covers, pedal.

    USA only.

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