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A cleanly wired, clean amp that is impeccably styled and built to be the amp for performers who lean on pedalboards.
The amp is in excellent condition with no issues. All the tubes have been tested, as have the functions. It performs exactly as described below!
From the builder's website:
With a simple set of useful controls, a single master volume, and 100 watts of clean headroom, the Pearl Combo is an incredibly versatile amplifier designed to lay a rich tonal foundation for every type of guitarist. We are now offering the 7th version of the Pearl. This latest version has upgraded capacitors and resistors along with a substantial circuit design update. If you have heard any other the older Pearl amps wait until you hear this version. This version offers more volume, better tone, a cleaner effects loop along with updated aesthetics. Whether it’s being used at bedroom volumes or on a large stage, the Pearl excels in every setting. Musicians using effect pedals to achieve an overdriven tone will be amazed at how the Pearl’s clean, all-tube hand wired circuit can bring new life to the drive pedals in their rig. Musicians using time-based or modulation effects will also find that the Pearl’s tube powered effects loop creates a great platform for effects they prefer to keep completely clean.
An online review:
This North Carolina-based company has gained a reputation over the past few years for having an uncompromising attitude to signal paths and construction. It also make some of the most innovative and sought-after speaker cabinets on the market.
Port City’s Pearl series is intended as the ultimate base tone for a versatile pedal-based rig. It’s an uncluttered single-channel master volume amp with your choice of 50 tube-rectified or 100 solid-state-rectified watts. It features a tube-buffered effects loop that aims to keep your time-based effects clean while you drive the front end with pedals. As such, it probably constitutes the very definition of a modern ‘pedal platform’ amp.
If you haven’t heard a Port City amp before, you owe it to yourself to check out Tom Quayle’s masterful demo of the Pearl on YouTube. It’s a sound that clearly demonstrates the influence of Blackface-era Fenders, yet manages to neatly showcase the quasi-audiophile approach prevalent in the company.
There’s a hi-fi envelope that encapsulates each note, delivering flawless definition and authority no matter where the player roams on the neck. Low notes remain clear and snappy while higher ones are full and rich - and the result swirls in a haze of harmonic activity. This is undoubtedly an amp with character - it just so happens that this amp’s character is to get everything exactly right!
The Port City Pearl may not appeal to those looking for a plug-and-play amp able to melt faces at the slightest provocation (hey, that’s what tweed amps are for!), but as a pedal platform for fusion and country players it’s difficult to imagine anything more suitable.
- Case/Cover?: No
- Color: Black
- Dimensions: 20″W x 10.5″H x 8.25″D
- Weight: 43 lbs
- Watts: 100 Watts
- Where date is noted:
- Power Transformer brand and/or codes: USA Hammond 763 HTS-8853 / 9961039
- Output Transformer brand and/or codes: USA Hammond MOJO 777 989 1125
- Choke Transformer brand and/or codes: USA Hammond 775 HTS-7223 / 9961125
- Extension Speaker Out? Yes, 4ohm / 8ohm / 16ohm Output Selector
- FX Loop?: Yes
- Reverb or other effects?: No
- Rectifier Tube: silicon diodes
- Power tubes: 4 x Matched 6L6
- Power Tube Brand: JJ
- JJ ECC83 – Preamp
- JJ ECC81 – Effects Loop
- JJ ECC83 – Phase Inverter
- Filter Caps: Original
- Pedal?: No
- Pots, codes: Original
- Grille: Original
- Knobs: Original
- Handle: Original
- Power cord: Included