Carr Artemus 2x12 Combo Amp
For the past 11 years, Steve Carr has made a name for himself building fine amplifiers such as the Slant 6V and the Rambler. His latest model, the Artemus, uses four EL84 tubes, but before your notions run amok, you should know that it’s not some subtle variation on a classic design, but a powerful blending of Dick Denney, Leo Fender, and Steve Carr.
Though the term “American meets British” is overused in the amp biz, the Artemus is essentially an AC30-flavored design with a touch of blackface Fender. Its EL84 power section is accompanied by two 12AX7 tubes in preamp, a 5AR4 rectifier, and an Eminence driver.
Top-mounted knobs control Volume, Bass, and Treble and rest on the panel alongside switches labeled Edge (bright and upper-mid boost), Mid (midrange), a selector that changes the amp’s output from 15 watts to 30, as well as switches for Standby and On/Off. A bias pot is mounted to the underside of the chassis.