The Tiny Terror started it all, and the upgraded version might finish this group test. The smallest chassis conceals the most hardcore spec, with ECC83/EL84 valves, hand-wired point-to-point circuitry, and a choice of 15/7-watt output tailoring the Terror to any context. We’d tell the other amps to go home now… were it not for that non-tiny price tag.
Ear heaven. It’s the only way to describe the Tiny Terror’s loud, old-fashioned, ever-so-British valve bark, which belies its housebrick dimensions and sets a sky-high standard for its rivals.
With no effects, and only Tone/Gain/Volume controls, it seems sonically limited, but absolutely isn’t: you’ll start with the full, responsive, quacky punch of the test’s most characterful clean tone, before losing yourself in gritty, tight-bodied distortion that makes rock and blues riffs come alive (you’ll need a pedal for hardcore metal).
The output selector is also a neat touch - push the Terror into the red, and you’ll unlock the test’s best ‘sweet spot’ wherever you are.
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