Audio Electric Research, better known as AER and widely recognized as the industry's premier acoustic amplifier manufacturer, has recently begun shipping the Alpha Plus in North America. Based on the Alpha (the smallest and simplest acoustic amp in the AER range), the Alpha Plus incorporates a bigger cabinet and increases the power output from 40W to 50W, providing greater volume and extended headroom. All the while, the Alpha Plus provides the warmth, clarity, and natural tone for which AER is renown, and preserves much of the original Alpha's beloved simplicity: a single 8" twin-cone speaker, a single channel, three band tone controls, and digital reverb effect. The Alpha Plus' two inputs, when used simultaneously for guitar and vocals, transform the amp into a compact, superbly-sounding PA which can easily handle small club gigs. The Alpha Plus' back panel houses the footswitch, effects send and return, DI output, line output and headphone output sockets. An ideal solution for acoustic instrumentalists who don't require the higher output power and feature-rich complexity of its bigger AER siblings, the Alpha Plus adds another attractive option at the lower end of AER's price range. Musiquip, the USA distributor of AER, has already begun shipping the Alpha Plus to authorized AER dealers. Retail price is at $1129.