Harley Benton TUBE15 Celestion

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Class AB Combo for Electric Guitar

  • 1 Channel
  • Class AB
  • Power: Switchable 15 W / 1 W
  • Preamp tubes: 3x ECC83 / 12AX7
  • Power amp tubes: 2x EL84
  • Equipped with: 12" Celestion Seventy speakers
  • Controls: Gain, Volume, Tone, Bass, Middle, Treble, Reverb
  • Switch: Power attenuator 15 W / 1 W
  • Effects: Reverb
  • Instrument input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Send / Return effect: 6.3 mm jack
  • Foot switch connector: 6.3 mm jack
  • 6.3 mm jack speaker output: 8 - 16 Ohms (if an external speaker is connected, the internal one is deactivated)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 427 x 435 x 235 mm
  • Weight: 11.5 kg
available since January 2020
Item number 469683
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Power 15 W
Speaker size 1x 12"
Power Amp Tubes EL84
Channels 1
Reverb Yes
External FX Loop Yes
Recording Output No
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker Yes
Headphone connection No
Footswitch connection Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 11,5 kg
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Small amp, huge tone

Harley Benton's TUBE15 Celestion is a tube amp through and through. This open-backed, single-channel 12" combo packs 15 watts of all-tube power into a small package and comes at an attractive price. Anyone who has experienced an all-tube amplifier first hand will know that 15 watts are not to be underestimated - the resulting volume is definitely enough for the rehearsal room and for small stages. However, the TUBE15's strengths only truly come to the fore when it is used for recording. Whether it's as an affordable studio amp or as a first tube amplifier for beginners, the TUBE15 is always an excellent choice.

All manner of useful features

At the core of the Harley Benton TUBE15 Celestion are three ECC83 (also known as 12AX7) preamp tubes and two EL84 power amp tubes. The amp's power output can be reduced from 15 watts to one watt at the push of a button, which also makes the TUBE15 perfect for use at living room volume. The amp is loaded with a 12" Celestion Seventy 80 speaker, and also features a full three-band EQ section to shape the tone to suit your taste. What is more, the Harley Benton TUBE15 additionally features a real spring reverb unit that can be activated via footswitch as well as an effects loop with connections on the rear panel (where you will also find an output jack for connecting an external speaker cabinet).

It can whisper - or it can roar

The Harley Benton TUBE15 Celestion is an all-tube amplifier in the entry-level price segment that offers unrivalled value for money and a set of features that one can normally only expect at much higher price points. The option of reducing the power output to one watt means that the amp can be pushed to its limits and its characteristic overdrive sound recorded without rattling the windows and waking the neighbours in the process. At the same time, the TUBE15 Celestion can be quickly and easily connected to an external speaker, turning the diminutive combo into a fully-fledged half stack.

About Harley Benton

Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.

A pint-sized beast

Tube amplifiers have a character all their own: They respond dynamically to the individual guitarist's playing style and deliver a crisp, precise sound. Above all, however, they produce a very specific style of overdrive. Pushing the Harley Benton TUBE15 Celestion to the limit by cranking the gain and volume controls to the maximum delivers the authentic, richly layered crunch that is synonymous with all-tube amplifiers. And switching the output power down to one watt lets you get this sound at manageable volume levels at home and keep the neighbours happy at the same time. The TUBE15 is therefore ideal for recording some great-sounding guitar tracks at home and for practising without having to compromise your tone - and it comes at an unrivalled price.

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Believe the hype
Irish Keith 12.01.2022
I’m a long time fender blues junior player, playing a US standard tele, vintage Mex strat, epiphone riviera and lots of pedals. My fender blues junior was in for repairs and I wanted something I could use while it was being fixed and I’d had my eye on this Harley Benton amp on Thomann for a while. The reviews looked good but I hadn’t seen anything on YouTube that convinced me. I decided to take the plunge. As usual, the Thomann service was second to none and it arrived promptly in Ireland exactly one week after I ordered it. Thanks Thomann, it arrived in perfect working order and really nicely boxed.

First impressions were good- it’s a handsome amp, not at all too small or cheap looking, knobs weren’t too weak or fragile looking, and the white tolex cover is class. My girlfriend said it looked cool too! Sound wise, out of the box it has a warm, clean tone with very minimal hum, even up at higher levels. Cranking the gain gives a really nice tube break up with a hint of fuzz. EQ range is very responsive and the reverb tank is very impressive for its size. It handles pedals extremely well and it goes all the way up to 11! It’s nicely loud enough to go up against a drum kit and hold its own, and it’s secret weapon is the 1 watt switch. For home practice, having a full tube amp that retains the high gain break up, even at very low volume, is very impressive, and brilliant fun.

The true mark of any equipment is how much you want to play with it, and this amp is impossible not to love. The factory tubes are still going strong so far, and I have zero complaints with them, and it’s enormous fun to play. It’s also light!

I haven’t bothered trying to match it sound for sound with my fender blues, mainly because it’s an unfair comparison between a entry level tube amp and the world’s most popular small tube amp by arguably the world’s best instrument maker. But saying all that, it gives the blues junior a good run for its money, and it stands on its own admirably. The Harley Benton Tube 15 is a quality amp in its own right. If you like tube amp sound and you want the vintage clean tube sound, or dirty gritty fuzzy tone, this amp is the perfect solution for home, practice room, studio or even gigging. Go out and get yourself one, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks Thomann/Harley Benton, this really is a great value piece of kit, and an amp that will probably go on to create it’s own bit of history.
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Amazing
Motherspot 07.02.2020
This amplifier is truly a wonderful thing. I used to have a Fender Blues junior...used it for 10 years but never was really content with it...it needed tot be too loud (in my setup) to get an acceptable sound out of it....so last year i decided to sell it...i than bought an Orange Crunch 35 RT.. a solid state..it worked OK for a few gigs but...never really caught me..the smaller 10" speaker didn't deliver so good..sounded boxy from time to time. I could use it on lower volumes but ...it just was'nt it. Started longing for an affordable tube amp...last week i googled and came upon a Monoprice 15 watt tube amp with a celestion speaker..for around 200.- US...read & saw the reviews..most were raving....but only available overseas....i went to Thomann and suddenly i spotted the HB 15 Watt Tube Celestion...an exact copy of the Monoprice , judging the photo's..., i just guess they come from the same factory . Immediately ordered the amp. Within two days i was playing through it. What a great sounding thing it is! Beautiful, full sounding cleans and and cranking up the gain give smooth breakup....it's very loud!..loud enough for gigging without mics in smaller venues. The sound can be warm and trebbly as you wish..there's enough tone control bass, mids, treble and tone...another feature is the possibility to go to 1 watt..for home use..this works very well and it keeps ( a little less) the same warm tube characteristics. There is also a quite nice sounding reverb on board.In my ears this amp sounds (much) better then my previous Fender Blues Junior...it takes compressor and ( Fulltone) OCD pedals very well in front (lower the gain-use volume) and atmospheric pedals (delay-reverb) in the sent-return (not available on the FBJ ) give beautiful sounds. Clean and overdrive. Love it! (already considering buying a second one, for when this one dies, but no worries it looks very well made, knobs and cabinet feel solid, great color with the cream tolex, an excellent handlebar of pu leather and i think it's gonna last. Love it! Love it! & Love it! ( If Harley Benton should bring out a head of this one or same quality, i would buy it for my Celestion vintage 30 cabinet.)
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QC issues.
Paul7701 15.12.2021
So, I've waited to review this amp for several reasons; firstly, the amp Thomann initially sent me was faulty, there was an awful electrical crackle and hum coming from the amp, essentially, it wasn't safe.
Contacted Thomann who then agreed to replace the faulty item.
*Several* weeks later, I received a replacement, no electrical issues this time, however there are two huge cracks running all the way from the top and bottom of the speaker baffle to where the speakers are mounted on the baffle board.
After experiencing the hassle of returning the last one, I decided to hot glue the cracks myself, which should hold it, (hopefully).
Quite disappointed all in all, the amp has a good sound and having an effects loop is great, but I have no confidence or trust in this amp whatsoever. I will never gig with it for sure, which kind of defeats the purpose of owning one in my opinion.
Make sure you check the QC yourself, because the guy being paid to do it, clearly isn't. 😕
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Incredible vintage sound
DanielRic 26.03.2022
The best vintage sound you can dream to have! It follows the specs of a Vox AC15 but of course with valves from generic brands and the Celestion speaker is very basic. BUT, surprise surprise!!! It sounds like and old, back in the day Vox AC15 !!!! So, unless you are into metal, modern, more harsh tone, this is the best amp you can get. I use it with an Epiphone Casino with upgraded Ken Armstrong handmade pickups, and with a Yamaha Pacifica 112J. And you can easily reproduce the sound and tones from the 60's up to the 90's, from Beatles to Oasis and anything in between. The tone and sounds are more "flexi", "chime-like" and spread, compared to more compact, narrow and harsh of modern valve amps. Only thing against is that if you want to use it for gigs, at full volume, you may want to upgrade the Celestion 70 to a Celestion G12M Greenback (Like Vox AC15 has) so you have more definition and less distortion at high volume. HOWEVER, for this price this amp is unbetable, and even with upgraded Speaker, you save money! One thing to mention is that does not have United Kingdom 3 plug power, so comes with a Thomann Adaptor Safety-Plug - UK for FREE. The adapter has real, actual connection to ground, so is not a dummy adaptor, but converts into a 3 plug for real. So, no safety problems at all. Also worth mentioning is the switch to 1W power, this is ideal for practice and because the gain has a long range, you can get high gain sound at low volume.
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