Harmony teams up with Reverb to reissue the 8418 tube combo
The amp first debuted in the 1950s
Harmony has teamed up with Reverb to reissue the 8418 tube combo for a limited run. The amp was first manufactured by the brand in the 1950s.
Harmony, now under the ownership of BandLab Technologies – which has also acquired Teisco, MONO and Guitar.com – recently relaunched its standard series of guitars with three new models.
The small five-watt combo features the same no-frills approach as the original. All of the amp’s circuitry is hand-wired, and the reissue has been designed using the original blueprints. Two instrument input jacks are on offer here, while a single volume knob governs the output.
The 8418 is loaded with an Italian-made 6-inch Jensen speaker, with an alnico magnet for a period-accurate voicing. It’s driven by the combination of a 6SJ7 preamp tube and a single 6V6 power tube – a pairing chosen to recreate the warm tone of 1950s tube amps.
The single control on the 8418 doesn’t mean a lack of versatility – the responsive nature of the preamp means will it will break up into natural overdrive when hit hard by pedals, or even just aggressively-played humbuckers. The amp still has headroom available, however, and can clean up well enough to become a platform for a pedalboard-based sound.
Watch Andy from Reverb demonstrate the amp below: