Introducing the new Astoria Series from Marshall. The Astoria Series is about pure, unfettered, vintage tone – from loud, unbroken clean to sublime saturation.
The new Astoria Series has been built not only for the sonic connoisseur who craves hand-wired, point to point, all-valve tone, with world-class build quality and attention to detail, but who also desires contemporary features and functionality. To this end, the Astoria Series features footswitchable Channels, gain Boost and series FX Loop, with push/pull tonal switching and power reduction.
To achieve this innovative marriage of authentic tonal character and switching features the Astoria Series uses turrets mounted on the PCB – allowing the hand-wiring and more complex switching circuitry to elegantly coexist on a single board.
The Astoria Series is expertly crafted and is designed, engineered and constructed to the highest possible standards at the Marshall factory in Bletchley, England. Astoria’s all-valve heart comprises of an ECC83 (12AX7) preamp, GZ34 rectification, and a KT66 output stage, which is cathode biased and has no negative feedback – a characteristic of many classic, vintage amplifiers.
The Astoria Series consists of three models, each available as a 30 Watt combo or head and a matching 1 x 12″ speaker cabinet. The combos and the speaker cabinet are loaded with a custom-voiced 75 Watt Celestion Creamback speaker.
The Astoria Series look is unique, with a quirky ’boutique’ flavour. The Astoria combos have their control panel on top of the cabinet, like vintage Marshall combos. The Astoria heads are a ‘small box’ design with a vintage-style ‘letterbox’ front panel.
The front panels have a stylish contemporary aesthetic: brushed aluminium, with quality switches and indicators. Combos and heads have leather strap carry handles. All Astoria amps and cabs feature colour-coded, vintage-style ‘Plexiglas’ Marshall logo badges inspired by the rare ‘oxblood’ logo badge used for a very short time in the mid ’60s, and are covered with coloured vinyl: Blue & Cream for Dual, Red & Cream for Custom and Green & Cream for Classic. The Astoria 1 x 12″ cab is available in each colour to match.
The Astoria Classic is a single channel amplifier that will appeal to purists who want loud, clean valve tone, and to boutique pedal enthusiasts who will find it the perfect pure-valve foundation for their sound.
The Astoria Custom is a single channel amplifier for tone seekers who want it vintage but with the convenience of contemporary features and switching: footswitchable valve driven FX Loop, tone shaping pull switches and footswitchable gain boost.
The Astoria Dual, with two footswitchable channels, goes from vintage pure-valve cleans, to dirty-sweet overdrive, to higher gain harmonic distortion. Combine this with footswitchable FX Loop and extended tonal shaping for added performance flexibility.
The Astoria Custom is for tone seekers who want it vintage but with the convenience of contemporary features, such as: valve driven true bypass footswitchable FX Loop and independent Loop Level control, with added tonal shaping and footswitchable gain Boost.
The Body feature adds girth to your sound for chunkier riffing. It works by adding a +8dB shelved low frequency boost from 120Hz downwards.
Footswitchable Boost increases the amount of gain by +20dB for standout solo work.
The Brightness pull switch function gives extra sparkle and definition to your sound by providing a +6dB shelved high frequency boost from 4 kHz upwards.
The Power Reduction pull switch drops the amplifier’s output power from 30 Watts to 5 Watts, which produces softer tones and a less ‘in your face’ sound.
Edge makes the overall characteristic sound of the amplifier brighter or darker. To achieve this, it cuts high frequencies between the phase splitter and the power valves. Edge is a power stage function with a similar effect to a traditional presence control. Note that he higher the Master volume level, the more pronounced the Edge function will become.
The Astoria Custom features a footswitchable, valve driven FX Loop with Loop Level control, which balances the external FX level with the amplifier level. The FX Loop is true bypass, ensuring that tonal integrity is maintained when it is switched out of the circuit.
The Astoria Custom combo is loaded with a single 12″ custom-voiced Celestion® Creamback speaker.
ASTORIA CUSTOM 112 CAB
The AST2-112 is an optional matching speaker cabinet for the Astoria Custom head or for the Astoria Custom combo as an extension
|MODEL NAME||ASTORIA CUSTOM|
|INPUTS||HI/LO (HI provides +6dB Sensitivity)|
|CONTROLS||MASTER, EDGE, BASS, MIDDLE, TREBLE, GAIN|
|SIZE||1 x 12″|
|IMPEDANCE||4 / 8 / 16 Ohm|
|PRE AMP VALVES||4 x ECC83 (12AX7)|
|POWER AMP VALVES||2 x KT66|
|FOOTSWITCH||PEDL-91007 INCLUDED (2-WAY LED FOOTSWITCH)|
|HEAD WEIGHT (KG)||16.5|
|HEAD DIMENSIONS in mm
(W x H x D)
|600 x 290 x 230|
|COMBO WEIGHT (KG)||27.5|
|COMBO DIMENSIONS in mm
(W x H x D)
|600 x 540 x 260|
|CAB WEIGHT (KG)||17|
|CAB DIMENSIONS in mm
(W x H x D)
|600 x 530 x 260|
|VALVE DRIVEN FX LOOP|
|POWER REDUCTION (5 WATTS)|