The Milkman 5w Mini-Stacks are now back in the Milkman catalog and available exclusively in the USA from Vision Guitar.
The amplifier head consists of a 5 watt class A 6V6 based circuit with a simple 12AX7 preamp. There is one input on the front with controls for volume and tone. The circuit is hand wired point to point style with no circuit board and minimal wire. Because of its extra small size, the circuit must be built this way. The circuit has no negative feedback and therefore breaks up at a moderate volume for home or studio use.
Included with the head is a ported 8ohm speaker cabinet with 8” Jupiter ceramic magnet speaker inside. This cabinet sounds huge, even though its only 10” by 10”.
The mini head can power any 8 ohm speaker cabinet, and has that classic class A crunch when you push the volume. Sparkly and punchy clean tones turn into thick distortion and lead tones when the amp begins to saturate.
- Wattage: 5W Class A via 6V6 power tube
- Speaker: 8” Ceramic Jupiter Speaker, 8 ohm
- Dimensions & Weight: Head: W 7" x H 7" x D 6" 7lbs
- Cabinet: W 10" x H 10" x D 10" 10lbs
The History of Milkman Amps
Milkman guitar amps are all handmade in San Francisco by a small team headed up by Tim Marcus, who named the company as an homage to his family – they were all milkmen! Tim developed a curiosity surrounding valve technology (or ‘tubes’ as they’re known in the US) while working in a TV and Stereo repair shop after graduating college. His curiosity turned into a hobby when he was mentored by frequent visitors to the shop who shared their knowledge on valve amplification.
Combining his knowledge on repairing electronics with his new-found knowledge of the inner-workings of valve technology, he started making amps alongside his day job before ultimately taking a leap of faith in 2014; Milkman Sound was born!
Individualism formed a pivotal part of Marcus’ ethos; he knew he wanted to create something that was wholly original, while being familiar and practical. Nowadays, Milkman amps are known for producing beautifully vintage, highly responsive tone, but it all stems from personalised voicing and unique designs – nothing is copied. It’s this individuality and commitment to quality that’s helped put Milkman on the international map, lauded by the likes of John Mayer among others!
The Milkman Range
Milkman offer a vast range of stunning boutique valve amps, all handmade in San Francisco. Andertons Music Co. are thrilled to be one of their exclusive Europe dealers!
Their range covers just about everything you’d want a modern boutique amp range to cover, but each amp shares a number of common themes; they’re all valve-powered, and they all boast slick retro aesthetics. Many of the amps come in a variety of ‘finish’ options, including vanilla tolex and chocolate milk (obviously!).
You also have a huge wattage range to choose from, depending on your requirements, ranging from a 1-watt 1x10” combo to the monstrous 300W Pedal Steel Half and Half combo! Whether you’re looking for an organic home practice solution or a full-tilt gigging amplifier, you’ll find something that suits your needs in the Milkman range! Many of their amps also come in head form, so you have a little more flexibility in terms of your stage setup, with a great selection of cabinets to choose from, all of which match the old-school aesthetics!
One of the most exciting products in their vibrant range is ‘The Amp’, an aptly-named pedal that conceals 50W of 12AX7 power. This incredible unit has built-in analog tremolo and digital spring reverb, with a neat selection of tonal shaping options; this is literally a full-blown amplifier in a pedal, that can be used either as your main performing amp or a valve-driven boost!
We offer free UK delivery and 0% finance options on our entire Milkman Sound selection – check out the full range below!
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Forest Hills, NY USA
Posted 18 Dec 2015 1:48 pm
|The 15" cab finally arrived. I installed a Telonics TSNEO 15-4. The Mini has a Jupiter 12". Either one alone is great, together they are massive. |
The Mini seems to handle the pair, for a 2 ohm load, with no problem.
Posted 18 Dec 2015 6:07 pm
|That is a beautiful rig!|
Gum Spring, Va.
Posted 19 Dec 2015 5:04 am
|Mike..I use a near identical setup with the exception of a Telonics speaker installed in the 'Mini'..I always assumed that with the addition of a 4 0hm extension cabinet, the jacks were wired as such that the two combined created an 8 0hm load?|
Posted 19 Dec 2015 8:54 am
|They're in parallel, but there's an optional switch that puts them serial. |
Think about it: if they're in series, there's no complete circuit with only one speaker.
Mine is ordered with the optional series switch, so my two fours add up to 8.
2 pedal steels, a lapStrat, and an 8-string Dobro (and 3 ukes)
More amps than guitars, and not many effects
San Francisco, CA
Forest Hills, NY USA
Posted 19 Dec 2015 11:13 am
|Nice looking entire rig, Tim!|
Posted 20 Nov 2016 11:23 am
|I finally got to play a gig using my mini-stack with steel at a friend's cd release party last night. 12" combo with 15" extension cabinet. (I'd had the combo out with six string already & was very happy with it.) It sounded so good and all of the controls are so responsive. Since it was for an old buddy I broke my 'no doubling' rule and used it for electric 6 string and even mandolin (original plan was to DI the mando but the stage monitors were not great and the Milkman did a servicable job as an acoustic amp, which allowed me to hear myself). |
We had the amps mic'd raising a question - is it better to mic the 12" or the 15"? We wound up putting the mic on the 12" because of the six string and people said it sounded good but I'd be interested in the views of others, since it isn't easy to play your steel and hear what is coming through the PA at the same time.
Oh yeah, forgot to mention how much easier it is to haul around than my old twin!
This is the stack at home:
Posted 20 Nov 2016 5:33 pm
|I would always mic a 12" over a 15" since you will get some proximity effect bass boost when close mic'ing. Even a 12" speaker typically requires some bass roll off. |
Great looking rig btw. Miss my Milkman! Should have kept it before the prices went up Up UP!!!
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Forest Hills, NY USA
Posted 21 Nov 2016 7:56 am
|Nice! I usually mic the 12".|
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