“Sometime in 1968 we experimented with a few different designs using the LA100BL idea. We had already been selling both 200-Watt and 60-Watt versions and these were used for vocal, bass and organ as well as lead guitar. I felt that there was demand for a smaller version and one 30-Watt prototype we made sounded great – sweet and warm. However, it was a different time with little or no volume restrictions at venues and generally very limited public-address systems. Also at that time keeping production course was proving very difficult – I was wiring amps on my kitchen table at night after work to catch up! So, events overtook us and the 30- watt never got started. There was only one prototype ever built but this was lost in a burglary at our premises in the mid 70’s. All these years later James & I are stood at the NAMM show for our 50th looking at the LA100BL, and I recalled fond memories of this special 30-Watt. I suppose as the product never made it into official production the ‘baby brother’ is more of a ‘bastard son’!!!! But it was a real passion project, so we recreated it and I am proud to say this lovely amp, that has been waiting in the wings for 50 years, is now here”. LA30BL Development: The LA30BL features the same preamplifier circuit as the LA100BL with a twin EL34 Class AB output stage running at 30 watts RMS. Running relatively low levels of gain within the amp, the LA30BL is very open and uncompressed. Making it a great pedal platform and ideally suited to the modern trend of combining relatively clean amps with pedal boards and gain stacking the front end. Partnered with a matching slant-front ‘LA212’ cabinet, offered with a pair of offset Celestion G12M-25 Greenback drivers. The LA30BL delivers tone greater than the sum of its parts and is a clean canvass tone wise faithfully reproduce whatever style you want. LA30BL Specification: 30-Watt All Tube Head Dual Channel 2 X EL34 Power Tubes 3 X 12AX7 Pre Amp Tubes Presence 3 Band EQ Gain 1 2 X Treble Inputs Gain 2 2 X Bass Inputs Custom Made Vintage Design Box Frame Output Transformer 4, 8 or 16 OHM Outputs Who are Black Country Customs? Black Country Customs are a group of highly skilled amp technicians who have 50 years of continuous tube manufacturing heritage behind them. Born out of the desire to design and build products in a way they used to be “back in the day”, with the attention to detail that comes from the physical process of taking the time to design and build something by hand. The aim of the journey is not always to arrive.