Bugerta debuts versatile BC30-212 combo amp
(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-02-25)
Bugera amplifiers are turning heads with classic looks, cool features and affordability. the new Bugera BC30-212 promises more of the same.
The BC30-212 is designed for tonal purity. The preamp conditions your signal then lets the power amp and speakers have their way with it. Pick gently for crystal-clear clean tones. Pick hard, and youíll be rewarded with bone-shattering crunch. Itís that simple. The power amp section features four EL84 tubes, the secret to the sound that made Englandís finest amps (world famous. A switch allows you to choose two EL84ís (15 W) or all four (30 W), giving the BC30-212 the power to restrain volume for smaller venues.
The power amp works hand-in-hand with the BC30-212ís all-valve rectifier to give you natural compression and sustain not available from solid-state rectifiers. Bugera provides two options on the BC30-212: use a single 5AR4 rectifier to deliver stadium rock,or plug in a pair of 5U4ís (not included) for a smooth sound.
The BC30-212ís first channel holds a pair of 12AX7s. More tubes share the workload, so the signal it conditions is tamer. Channel 2 holds a single ECC83A tube that works in a cascading dual-triode configuration. A 6-position tone switch allows you to dial in a tone. Each channel has its own effects loop, and you can use these loops to create a virtual third channel by using a short 1/4" to 1/4" instrument cable to patch the Channel 2 Effects Send into the Channel 1 Input
Another feature unique to the BC30-212 is its two different 12" Bugera speakers. One, the 12G100B8, creates a high-sensitivity, in-your-face sound. We went to considerable lengths in our quest for tone, tweaking the suspensions, cone shape, and even optimizing the pulp from which the cone is made. The other speaker, a 12G80A8, is slightly less sensitive, but with a warm, round lowend and clear midrange. Individually, these speakers can easily hold their own against the most highly acclaimed speakers on the market. Together, they create a tonal balance that is unsurpassed.
In addition to sounding great on stage, this configuration offers tons of flexibility to sound engineers both in recording studios and for live performance applications. And if you need to use additional speaker cabinets, the Impedance switch can be set to 4, 8 or 16 Ohms, making it compatible with virtually any speaker cabinet on Earth.
Hand-built 30-Watt Class-A guitar combo driven by 4 x EL84 tubes
Mind-blowing distortion with terrifying punch and breathtaking vintage clean that breathes with headroom
True tube rectifier gives you the flexibility of using one 5AR4 for a explosive attack or two 5U4s (not included) for a smooth and round response
Channel 1 features two 12AX7s creating a parallel triode circuit and an interactive EQ with amazing responsiveness
Channel 2 sports a high gain channel based on a specially selected 12AX7 valve coupled to a 6-position tone switch
Power amp section features a Cut control for rolling off the high end plus a Master volume control
Power switch reduces output power to 15 Watts for more sound variation
Speaker Reverse switch reverses the direction of the speaker to influence the amount of distorted sound
Each channel offers an independent effects loop
Illuminated front panel and logo for a super cool look
Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
The Bugera BC30-212 carries an MSRP of $879.99.
Compiled from information on the Bugera website: www.bugera-amps.com