1 JimmyR 3 weeks ago A friend brought a Magnatone Varsity Reverb around recently because he blew it up and wondered if I could fix it. An EL84 had shorted and taken out two resistors and a cap with it. Part of the problem was that he kept trying to make it work when the horrible sounds of the shorting EL84 should have convinced him to leave it switched off!Anyway it's all fixed now so I have had an opportunity to try it with my guitars. It's a relatively simple circuit with two EL84s, a GZ34 rectifier and two 12AX7s and a 12DW7 for the reverb. The sound is full but never boomy and bright but not ice-picky. It's warm and clear and clean it sounds wonderful with my '59 VS Duo Jet. It has a surprising amount of clean headroom with minimal sag for a dual EL84 amp. It also has loads of that beautiful EL84 chime - it's a lovely old-school tone.As you crank it it gets louder but not by much - it's more that it gets crunchier. It avoids getting flabby like a Fender might but is not as tight as a Plexi might be. It does stay musical though. It also takes pedal very well - I got some amazing sounds with a Les Paul with light OD from a favourite pedal. It managed to stay tight and impressively clear and detailed with the Les Paul.It does seem a bit pricey for a 15W amp but I am impressed. It's great to hear something this quality which is not trying to be a Fender, Marshall or Vox. It has its own sound and that sound is very usable.I'd be interested in hearing more about the Magnatone range - anybody got one?