Introducing the Bell & Howell 179 Projector guitar amp conversion profile pack. Unique, warm, ear pleasing vintage tone that is sure to stand out whether you keep it clean or break it up.
When the words “Vintage Amplifier” get tossed around, it's easy to imagine the highly sought after and collectable amplifiers built in the 60’s-70’s. However, those designs had to stem from somewhere. Before amplifiers were ever designed around the guitar, the tube amplifier had many uses such as P.A. systems, home radios, and even personal film projectors.
British Audio has specialized in amplifier repairs and modifications for years. Our friend Craig from Eleven guitars came across this vintage Filmosound personal projector amplifier and brought it to us. Craig's vision for an amplifier that lives just on the edge of breakup inspired us and what came shortly after is something sure to be a unique sound in your arsenal. Take a look at the video below to hear British Audios technician Nick explain his build.
With four voices featuring crisp and warm cleans to classic gritty tube break up, this is one amp you've never heard before, but you’ll be glad you have now.
This amp features the original power amp rebuilt to spec with modern components to deliver sag and tube breakup reminiscent of classic small guitar amplifiers of the era.
Filmosound "Limited" Profile Sample
The preamp of this Bell & Howell 179 has been completely redesigned from the ground up to provide a wide array of vintage tones for any style of guitar. The circuit is engineered to respond dynamically to your pick attack and unique playing style when you plug straight in, but also to add warmth and character when driven by pedals or an external preamp. Whether you're a plug and play guitarist or pedal guru, this amp is sure to have something for you.
Filmosound "Driven" Profile Sample
Utilizing point to point wiring techniques, this amp is built true to the style of the original production from the 1940's. This old-school way of building amplifiers is time consuming and requires unique technical skills, but the results are undeniable. The cleans sparkle and dirty tones retain all the nuance that vintage hand built amplifiers are known for.
Filmosound "Ice Cold" Profile Sample
Famous to these old amps is the natural saturation that comes with any clean tone when pushed. As heard on the "Cleanish" profile, you'll notice exceptional breakup while retaining the polished cleans expected in a beautiful mashup of warm grit.
Filmosound "Cleanish" Profile Sample
Plug in to the British Audio Filmosound 179 profile pack and hear 1940’s tone like it was never intended.