Premier Twin Amplifiers
Late 1950's Model
T12R Twin 12 amp with reverb and tremelo. R stands for Reverb. The tremelo
fails on these amps, and I haven't been able to repair one.
1960's Model T12R amp. 2x12" Jensen Speakers, 6V6 Power Tubes, Tremelo, Reverb.
An here's another 60's Twin 12.
I just got these nice pictures from Don D. who writes: "Here's a
photo of my 1961 Premier Twin 8. Tube
configuration is a 6X4 rectifier, two 12AX7 pre-amps, (one for 1st gain stage,
the other to drive the tremelo circuit), and a 7591A power tube (single ended,
class A.) A pair of 8" alnico speakers, this baby absolutely barks killer harp
tone. Surprising amount of bass from those two little 8's, rich, creamy overdrive,
great sounding harp amp. Twin 8's "rule" for harp, except you gotta mike it
for loud gigs. I'm convinced a rig made up of a dozen Premier Twin 8's cabled
up in parallel would be the ultimate harp rig! "
I love the "Widows Peak". If Eddie Munster had played guitar, this is the amp he would have used.
Here is an original "instruction sheet"
from Phil. He bought a pristine Twin-8 on eBay with the original bill of sale.
His is the 7591 kind.
This one is from Andrew who Writes:
Here is a shot of the 50's Premier Twin 8 I have. The tube layout as far as I know is 2 12AX7's (one drives the amp, the other the tremelo), a 6V6, and a 6X4 tube (Possibly, I just put it in and no fuses have been blown and everything seems to work ok). Its a little ragged on the bottom ,but its a sweet amp with a nice perfect tone thats between raw and clean. In my opinion, the ideal harp amp for any occasion. Its a little different than the other Twin 8 on your site, notice the top isn't two-tone with the wood paneling. Preferable mic with this amp is a Electrovoice 638, or an Astatic Biscuit Mic with a Crystal Element.
Here's a newer Twin
8R from eBay. Cheaper speakers and particle board construction, but it still
has the colored knobs! The beer ring on top proves that it was loved.
Here's a couple of Twin 8's (no reverb or Tremelo) off of eBay. New Handles, a missing back, swapped speakers and one is missing the logo and the colored knobs, but probably very playable.