|"The Watkins Dominator"|
The Watkins Dominator is an amplifier from an era when 17 watts of power brought horror and fear to the face of many a promoter
F A Q. Is the Limited edition Watkins Dominator
still being made? Can I still order one?
Answer. Yes, the amplifier is still available.
A build batch of 12 units commenced during January 2017, all of which are sold subject to completion. Apologies to those customers who have been waiting a long time due to circumstances beyond our control.
Due to current demand, lead times are now approximately 12 months.
Please note: Due to rising production costs 2018 prices are currently under review.
All orders taken prior to the 1st April 2017 will remain at the original quoted price.
To mark fifty years of the legend, a fully
licensed limited edition reissue of one hundred hand crafted boutique quality "Watkins Dominator"
Amplifiers have been approved by the original designer, manufacturer, and founder
of "Watkins Electric Music" of London (w-e-m)
Mr. Charlie Watkins
This iconic reissue, built by John Beer, is
only available through
Amp-Fix and approved retail outlets
07747 104 703
An official reissue of the Watkins Westminster and Clubman amplifiers of the same era is also available see links on the home page
The Watkins Dominator limited edition reissue, is a high quality boutique recreation fully approved by the legendary Charlie Watkins. Hand built in the traditional way, right here in England, where it was first born way back in the middle of the last century. The new Watkins Dominator features a birch ply cabinet, loaded with two Celestion G10 Greenback speakers. The amplifier is of course all valve and hand wired with components mounted on a traditional style turret board. The Watkins Dominator, is a two channel amp with two inputs per channel. Channel 1 is the normal channel with Volume and a single tone control. Chanel 2 the tremolo channel has Volume, Tone, plus Tremolo Speed and Depth controls. The valve complement is Rectifier EZ81 - Preamp and tremolo are three ECC83 / 12AX7. Power amp runs a pair of EL84 valves in a push-pull configuration running close to class A in cathode bias, with no negative feedback loop.
The power transformer can be connected for either 120volt or 240 volt options. A special 100 volt version for Japan is available on request.
The amplifier features a steel chassis, in a powder coated gold enamel finish. Transformers, made in England, are specially wound to meet the original specifications.
Even the knobs were all hand made
by a specialist company in moulds formed from an original set of knobs borrowed
from a valued customer Mr. Walter Thornton.
Control panels fitted to the Golden Brown amplifiers are gold in colour with red lettering and graphics.
No printed circuit boards in here. The Paxolin / Tufnol laminate turret boards are manufactured in house by Amp-Fix
Every Watkins Dominator chassis is now individually wired, assembled and tested by John Beer in the Amp-Fix workshops
The Limited Edition Watkins Dominator amplifier feature a steel storage compartment, in the rear panel, all 100 of them pre-signed by Charlie Watkins himself.
There have been some rumours through the musical 'grape-vine' that WEM have licensed various people to manufacture some of our old cabinet designs. This interest started after Pink Floyd's tour some while back.
You simply can't get more British than that.
|N.B. The above reference to British Amplifiers was
prior to the death of the M.D. Barry Spong.
Permission has since been passed to Amp-Fix.
|For more information about Charlie Watkins and his role in the 'Stones in the Park' and other festivals click here|
THE WATKINS DOMINATOR LIMITED EDITION REISSUE
The Standard two tone golden brown livery was chosen for two
reasons. One, to enhance the "fiftieth anniversary" of the model, and two,
because the original turquoise blue is no longer available.. Since
launching the reissue, we have found a very limited supply of a vintage blue
material similar to that used by Watkins in the early to mid sixties, and a red
which also suits the Watkins Dominator very nicely, even though they were never
previously made in red.
The same era, Watkins Westminster and Clubman amplifiers were offered in red and cream and a reissue of these models is also available to order.
The Reissue Watkins Dominator is available as an option in Retro Blue or Dansette Red for as long as material stocks last. We have a very limited amount of Blue, Red, and White fleck vintage 60's material, once it's gone there is highly unlikely to be any more. Currently the blue is by far the most popular choice of colour and is offered strictly on a first come first served basis. The Dansette Red has since all been used or reserved, therefore is sadly no longer available.
|Golden Brown||Retro Blue||Dansette Red NLA in this livery|
Prices under review
Grill cloth patterns distorted by the photographic process. Higher definition pictures available on request
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The Reissue Watkins Dominator is supplied with a smart high quality handmade
Covers are available as an accessory for any original MK1 & Mk1bWatkins V front Dominator, priced at £55 each
A two part review by a highly acclaimed young
guitarist by the name of Kyle Hall, who bought his reissue
Reissue Watkins Dominator amplifier serial number 012/100 from Amp-Fix during the August of 2010.
Watkins Dominator Review Part 1 - YouTube Watkins Dominator Review Part 2 - YouTube
The first link below is a promotional video from top rated guitarist Mr Joe Ortiz
Watkins Dominator Fiftieth anniversary reissue - YouTube
Darrel Higham playing his Dansette Red Dominator - YouTube
Darrel Higham talking about his red Dominator - YouTube
Forget the 18watt Blues Breaker, this is the Daddy of them all.
Shown below left is the brochure for the original Mk1 Watkins Dominator, the reissue is a Mk1- b right.
Miracles have been worked to make the re-issue as close to the original as possible, but I'm afraid we just can't match the price!
Or can we?
|Mk 1 possibly from a 1959 catalogue £38-10-0||Mk 1-b from a 1964 catalogue 42 gns. = £44 and 2 shillings.|
In 1960 the Average hourly rate was the equivalent of about 34.6 new pence per hour. The minimum rate now is £7.50 per hour.
Only 100 Reissue Watkins Dominator amplifiers will be made. Do not miss the opportunity to own one of these highly respected and collectable amplifiers. Order yours now, or register an interest with Amp-Fix, with no obligation to buy until a confirmed order is placed. A 15% deposit will then be required with the balance payable on completion, or prior to an agreed delivery date.
Home and overseas enquiries welcomed.
Amp-Fix reserves the right to make alterations to the spec or materials as is deemed necessary and without prior notice.
The Watkins Dominator has ample output for a
small gig, retaining great tonal qualities at all volume levels. As expected the
Watkins Dominator saturates nicely producing a pleasantly smooth distortion,
reaching a point where it gets no louder, but compresses to a stinging sustain
rich in harmonics. The single tone control (one per channel) has good sweep from
a bright treble to a not too boomy bass, a good tonal range from a nice bright
clean Shadows sound to creamy bluesy overtones. A guitar fitted with hum-bucking
pickups will really make this amplifier sing.
There is something about EL84's that when pushed hard, they really do deliver.
The tremolo is among the best I have heard, good range and depth from a nice slow Duane Eddy Rebel Rouser sound to the faster Searchers sounds.
Only 100 of these amplifiers will ever be produced. All will be issued with a certificate of authenticity, composed by the late CHARLIE WATKINS, personally signed by his widow Mrs June Watkins. To avoid disappointment order yours contact Amp-Fix NOW
ANNOUNCEMENT February 2015
We are sad to announce that "Charlie Watkins", the founder and director of Watkins Electric Music, w-e-m Ltd, passed away in his sleep on the 28th October 2014 aged 91 years.
w-e-m Ltd is to continue trading under the direction of Mrs J Watkins, from its Upper Norwood, London office.
Mrs. Watkins will be pleased to help with your enquiries for current products, during normal working hours.
Tel: 0208 6795575
PLEASE NOTE: Mrs. Watkins is not able to help with any advice or information relating to Watkins or w-e-m equipment manufactured prior to 2005.
For all inquiries about vintage Watkins w-e-m products please click here.
The manufacture and sales of the Watkins Dominator, Westminster & Clubman Reissue Amplifiers are licensed exclusively by w-e-m to John Beer.
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