Carr Amps unveils the Telstar

The tube 17-watter uses a 6L6 and EL84 in a push-pull Class A circuit.

carr amps telstar

Carr Amps has released the Telstar, a ‘hybrid’ amp that sports a unique tube configuration.

The 17-watter brings together 6L6 and EL84 power amp tubes together via a push-pull Class A circuit. Or, as Carr puts it, “The Telstar blends the sinewy harmonic assertion of EL84s with the deep full control of 6L6s.” Besides those tubes, the amp has a 12AX7 and 12AT7 in the preamp section.

carr amps telstar

Controls-wise, the Telstar is streamlined and simple. There’s a “Lean/Lush” switch to tighten or loosen up the bass, and a “53/58” switch that changes the gain structure—the latter mimics a Blackface Fender while the former has a mid-century voicing—as well as the frequencies controlled by the “Tone” knob. And besides the regular “Volume” dial, there’s a “Power” knob that acts as an attenuator outside the signal path. The Telstar also has an in-built tube reverb.

Check out the Telstar here:

The Telstar lists for $2,390 (1×12-inch combo). More information at


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