If only words could actually convey sound fully; they always fall short to some extent. And that's where I stand with the Space Tone Atomic Jr, the latest amazing, soulful little amp from the hands of Michael Swart.
The new ST-Atomic Jr starts off with the heart of our ever-popular ST-6V6se with the addition of a year in the making, triode reverb stage utilizing a dedicated 12DW7 fed into a nifty spring tank for surprisingly BIG REVERB, especially for a cabinet this size. Actually, for ANY size cabinet.
The tonal variations and reverb in this little monster must be be heard to be believed. Most amps this size attempting reverb and big tone tend to be underwhelming. Not so with the 14lb Class A ST-Atomic Jr.
Space Tone Atomic Jr Specifications
5W CLASS A ~ JUST INSANELY BIG TONE w/Reverb
Single-Ended Output - Zero Negative Feedback
100% Tube Circuit - GZ34
Big Swart Tube Reverb via 12DW7 & Spring Tank
Hot and Clean mode Switch
JJ 12AX7 - JJ 12DW7 - JJ 6V6GT - JJ GZ34 Rectifier
Point to Point Hand Wired Circuit
Cathode Biased (no need to bias)
Carbon Comp Resistors ~ Mallory Caps
Cloth Hook-Up Wire
Heaters referenced to ground
All Swart Amplifiers employ Star Grounding
4 ohm 1/4" Out - Drive other Speaker/Cabinet
Switchcraft 1/4 inch input and output
Custom High Quality USA Built Swart Spec Iron
Speaker: 8" Weber Signature ~ 4 ohm
Finger-Jointed, solid Pine Cab w/ Lacquer Tweed Cover
Vintage Jewel Lamp ~ Circuit Fuse Protected
Dimensions: 13 3/4T x 13W x 7 1/4 D @ 14lbs
Like all Swart amps, the circuit is point to point, hand-wired and CATHODE BIASED with no need to mess with adjustments when rolling tubes.
The Atomic Jr has two driver/preamp tubes comprised of one 12AX7 and one 12DW7 feeding a 6V6 power tube. We also keep the simple tone cut bringing the least complexity, integral in keeping touch sensitivity and transparency. Of course, the Atomic Jr. relies on tube rectification for PS filtering with a JJ 5AR4/GZ-34 as stock with the ability to run a NOS 5Y3 for more Sag, compression, earlier breakup, and that Brown Sound (it also brings 34v less on the tubes). We want to avoid that harshness that seems to ride along with solid state rectification.