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Ampeg introduces a miniature solid-state version of the legendary SVT amplifier, known as the Micro-VR Head ($299.99 MSRP), in a size ideally suited for smaller venues and recording studios where the original SVT rig would be both too large and too loud.

Donning classic Ampeg looks—including the silver face, black tolex, chrome corners and silver-blue grille cloth—the Micro-VR Head is no mere plaything. Despite its diminutive size (5.5" H x 12" W x 10" D), the head boasts a true Ampeg preamp, delivering up to 200 watts of pure Ampeg tone.

As a companion, Ampeg also introduces the SVT-210AV ($299.99 MSRP) loudspeaker enclosure, the portable alternative to a full-sized SVT cabinet. Featuring the classic Ampeg style and sound, the SVT-210AV houses two 10-inch Eminence speakers in a compact sealed cabinet that is only two feet tall. Weighing in at approximately 30 pounds, the new cabinet is a decidedly more portable than its refrigerator-sized, 165-pound big brother, the SVT-810AV.

"We're the first to admit that the new Micro-VR rig is cute, but it shouldn't be lost that this is a real Ampeg and a truly professional amplifier," said Zane Williams, amplifier products manager for Ampeg. "It's the result of input from our artists and Ampeg customers who've been asking for a modular, portable and usable live/recording system that fits into a lot spaces, is easy to move around and delivers our signature tone."

The Micro-VR and SVT-210AV is now shipping to retailers. See them at NAMM 2009 in Booth 5676.

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