The philosophy is simple; small and portable, very loud if you need it, and warm clear sound suitable for electric guitar, bass guitar, double bass,
Standard features on all Mambo Amps
200 + 200 W rms continuous power rating
pure clean tone or with added harmonics (switcheable, your choice)
balanced XLR direct output (DI)
24 bit digital reverb, with depth and delay-time controls
hand-made Scandinavian birch ply cabinet
two guitar input jacks
line level input (mini jack) for MP3 / CD
headphone output (mini jack)
European or US mains voltage (specify when ordering)
How it's made:-
Mambo Amps are hand-built in our superbly equipped 2000 square-foot workshops in the Pennines near Manchester (England). The pcbs for the electronics are gold plated, made in Scotland and hand-assembled in our workshops. The volume and tone pots are highest quality with metal shafts and center-detent and are hand-wired for robustness and reliability. The Mambo Amp is carefully designed to be as noisless as possible for recording studio use, no switch-on pops, no hums or buzzes etc., with particular attention to making it immune to radio interference and mobile-phone interference. The main power supply and power amplifier incorporate overcurrent and overtemperature protections which make them short-circuit proof and extremely robust and reliable. We build our own cabinets in-house from top-quality Scandinavian birch ply, with each cabinet carefully inspected and hand-finished.
A frequently asked question; Do you use analog power amps or class D? This question does not make sense, but requires an answer. We use class D power amplifiers, which are by their very nature analogue amplifiers.
Who makes it
Mambo Amps are the brain-child of Jon Shaw, (aka Jon Mambo following several years playing guitar in the afro-latin jazz band The Mambos). Jon has an honours degree in electronic engineering and many years experience working as a freelance design and development engineer in various specialities. The need for a high-quality small and powerful guitar amp became apparent and the Mambo Amp was (eventually) born. It's the result of a lifetime of experience with amplfier design and experimentation, recording and gigging.