33°87'N - 117°95'W 51°51'N - 0°34'W 45°77N - 4°89'E
A new classic in tube amplification.
Being creative today in the world of amplification is a challenge we love to take on at AMI. The Panorama pays homage to Californian and English amplifiers of the sixties while asserting its own identity. We wanted it to be easy to use but also full of character, which is why we developed our own circuit which offers an astonishing range of adjustments. The Panorama offers a new approach, beyond continents, a true sound exploration.
Simplicity and efficiency
Through the Panorama we wanted to offer a guitar amp with rich sounds, which condenses our vision of the ideal ampal: very easy to use, like a Tweed Deluxe ou of a JTM45.
An almost minimalist amp, without fuss and with the purest possible "signal path": an uncompromising sound panorama for top-notch sound!
Get started right
At the beginning of the sound chain there is, at the end of the guitarist's hands, the guitar with its cable which connects it to the amp via a jack input.
We often have the choice between a High entry and a Low entry. The latter is all too often poorly suited to the guitar (impedance too low and little attenuation: -6dB).
The Panorama offers two high impedance inputs (1MΩ, like a classic High starter) but with a
-12dB attenuation for Low input. Enough to adapt to the different output volumes of all guitars while maintaining the integrity of the sound of their microphones.
The Volume control serves as overall gain, as on most tube amps. On the Panorama, it has the property of subtly attenuating the bass at the end of its travel to focus the sound and offer a well-articulated drive sound. It is also equipped with a “bright switch” with three positions: warm, normal and bright.
Under the hood
At the origins of the Panorama there is the electronic diagram of a new "tone stack" (set of tone stacks) developed by us for a special order of a custom amp in spring 2023. This new circuit has the particularity of process bass and treble in parallel and offers an unrivaled range of adjustments while being extremely easy to use.
Located between the 2nd and the 3rd floor
amplification, it is at the heart of the circuit and allows you to work on the sound without compromise, from general equalization to the texture produced when the tubes saturate.
Electronically speaking, the Bass and Treble settings are more independent of each other and can therefore be used over their entire range.
This dual equalization is complemented by a three-position Voice switch which allows you to attenuate or boost midrange frequencies. In crunch it thickens the texture while focusing the frequencies for a more “singing” sound.
He knows how to adapt
To enhance the originality and qualities of this preamp we wanted to ensure that the power amplification part allows everyone to find what they are looking for.
The Presence setting inspired by the "Cut" circuit found on the AC30 (which we have adapted for use with a Cathodyne type phase shifter) is a very effective treble setting within the bass stage. power. It will allow the amp to be adapted to different baffles and speakers whose rendering and brilliance is sometimes very different.
We also chose to house the Master volume within this power stage (PPIMV) so that it does not distort the sound and does not influence the dynamics of the amp. It offers very good attenuation, and a little extra: set to maximum it is hout of the circuit.
We wanted to present this simplified diagram of the Panorama to you because it clearly illustrates our desire, through the design of this amp, to go to the essential: to do a lot with a few elements to favor the general quality of the sound, a philosophy at odds with modern amps, faithful to the origins of the guitar amp.
Built to last
The Panorama circuit is assembled by hand in France with high quality components, selected for their sound character as well as their lifespan.
For example, we use modern Japanese “long life” filter capacitors which are among the best on the market. The silver-plated Neutrik connector ensures optimal contact for better transmission of the sound signal.
The choice of Canadian Hammond transformers was also made to prioritize quality. The output transformer is of vintage construction on paper reel.
The wiring is carried out "point to point" on an FR4 eyelet plate of our manufacture.
The arrangement of the components as well as their assembly allows easy access to the circuit for top maintenance and repairability.
Everything is mounted in a folded and riveted aluminum chassis.
The Panorama's joinery is made by us in solid wood. We chose local Ash for its solidity as well as for its character and its well-defined designs. A brushed shade and a natural oil serve as a finish.
We also offer several baffle options in this wood and finishes.
Single-channel amplifier in head format, optional cabinet.
All-tube signal, original circuit.
Made in France and wired by hand point by point.
Power: 16W RMS in 6V6GT (EH) or "Panorama plus" option: 30W RMS in KT77 (JJ).
Two tubes at the preamp level: 12AX7 (JJ)
Power amp: two-tube Push-Pull section: 2x 6V6GT or 2x KT77 in Cathode bias.
Speaker Outputs: 4, 8, and 16 Ohms.
Carpentry carried out entirely by us in our workshop. In solid Ash, stained and oiled finish.
Weight: 9.2kg in 16W version.
Dimensions: width 47.2cm, depth 22.5cm, height 24cm.
We offer different color options for the wood as well as the grillcloth, control plate and knobs. The look is “customizable” as desired.