Friedman Brown Eye BE-100

Hand-Wired All Tube Amp Head

  • Power: 100 W
  • 3 Channels
  • Power amp tubes: 4x EL 34
  • Preamp tubes: 4x 12AX7
  • Master volume, gain control and gain structure switch (reduces the gain)
  • EQ: bass, middle, treble & presence (BE, HBE channels)
  • Clean channel with volume, treble, bass and 3-way bright switch
  • SAT, FAT, C45 and voice switch
  • Gain level 3-way switch
  • Line out with level control
  • Ultra transparent series FX loop
  • 4, 8 and 16 Ohm impedance switch
  • Custom USA transformers
  • Dimensions (D x W x H): 222 x 760 x 311 mm
  • Weight: 19.5 kg
  • 2-Way foot switch with LEDs included
  • Made in USA

Further information

Power 100 W
Power Amplifier Tubes EL34
Channels 3
Reverb No
Footswitch Yes
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Brown Eye 6 stars for start(after few days testing)

Amateur Slash, 27.05.2017
I was wondering already what the h... is going on with this beautiful amp on this website!
Only two reviews and none of them giving 5 stars!?
So I decided to check it out myself... I?ve ordered the Brown Eye!
First impression:OH MY GOD!
Second impression:WOW!

Instant hot rodded plexi sound!
This is the sound what I was looking for in every amp what i?ve had up to this time(mostly Marshalls).!
The Brown Eye is connected to a Marshall MR1960AHW.
Between the amp and box i?m having a Rivera Rockcrusher to avoid ear bleeding.I like to have the master volume cranked up but the Brown Eye really doesn't need an attenuator.It?s just a habit of mine.;-)
This combination is working very well together with a 2013 Standard Les Paul and 2013 SG.
I play mostly blues and rock and a bit of heavy sometimes.
3800 euros is a lot of money but hey!If you get yourself a Marshall JVM410 (for example) and want to make it sound really awesome then you better get ready for a serious modification torture!
The end of the day you?ll end up spending probably the same amount of money and your warranty is hush....gone!
The clean channel is probably not the stronger side of the Brown Eye but if you have some pedals you can make it sound very nice indeed.(riverb,delay etc)
The dirty channels are amazing on the amp with a really really good variety of tonal possibilities .
The amp takes pedals very well...i have 9(!)pedals connected to it and up to now no problems.
Noise is marginal.
Well from me the BROWN EYE gets 6 stars after a week test!
If it gets better i`ll might raise it up to 7!!
Thanks Mr.Friedman and again -as always- thanks Thomann Team!
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To give you my impression of the BE100, I will comment on several aspects that I have observed in the little time I have had. And I say a little time, because I had to return because of a failure that I had in the potentiometers, specifically in the clean volume and presence. Each time he moved them, they made a sound as dirty, or as if dragging something. I talked to several friends who were knowledgeable about the subject and they recommended the same thing to me, to give it back. The truth is that for the price you have I did not expect a failure of this type.

As for the delivery time ,, since I ordered it thomann in September, until mid December I received it ,,, check it ... this has caused me some problems, and I wanted to have it for some bowling and Such and it was impossible ,,, if to this I add the return and that I am still waiting to see what happens ... because it does not stop when I will have it. I think this is a very important thing to keep in mind. In this case, I think that Thomann should have in stock a couple of them at least, to face these unforeseen, I do not feel like waiting another 4 months ...

Now, the sound, it is impressive, it has a bass and a sound that envelops you totally. Every time I played with background audios, it seemed that the Be100 sound was inside the recording, ... Excellent quality.

I had purchased a rk5 from richie Kotzen, and I decided to return it because this amp does not need anything else .. its sound is more than enough ,,, its distortion is very good. In this sense, and in a negative way, I must emphasize that the distortion that will govern the two channels of distortion, is the one you establish in the gain, which will serve for both .. I do not know if I I explain So, when switching to channel 3 a more distorted pokito will sound, but you will not be able to regulate it other than channel 2.

All buttons to highlight brightness, or give a flat sound ... etc ... are fine, as it allows you to adjust the sound of the ampli to your own sound ... and although in the videos on the web show the Differences ,,, until I have not tried it, I have not perceived the details neatly. It's a very good thing about the amp.

The quality of the materials seems excellent to me and the certainties that despite the price, and the waits to which they are submitting to me, I feel like receiving it again and being able to enjoy it, especially in direct, which must be An authentic past.
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