2018 sees the release of a very special piece of history from the UK-based Black Country Customs workshop: The LA30BL – baby brother of the LA100BL.
Lyndon Laney takes up the story: “Sometime in 1968 we experimented with a few different designs using the LA100BL idea. We had already been selling both 200-Watt and 60-Watt versions and these were used for vocal, bass and organ as well as lead guitar. I felt that there was demand for a smaller version and one 30-Watt prototype we made sounded great – sweet and warm. However, it was a different time with little or no volume restrictions at venues and generally very limited public-address systems. Also at that time keeping production course was proving very difficult – I was wiring amps on my kitchen table at night after work to catch up! So, events overtook us and the 30- watt never got started. There was only one prototype ever built but this was lost in a burglary at our premises in the mid 70’s.
All these years later James & I are stood at the NAMM show for our 50th looking at the LA100BL, and i recalled fond memories of this special 30-Watt. I suppose as the product never made it into official production the ‘baby brother’ is more of a ‘bastard son’!!!! But it was a real passion project, so we recreated it and I am proud to say this lovely amp, that has been waiting in the wings for 50 years, is now here.
The LA30BL features the same preamplifier circuit as the LA100BL with a twin EL34 Class AB output stage running at 30 watts. It is partnered with a matching slant-front ‘LA212’, offered with a pair of offset Celestion G12M-25 Greenback drivers.