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8/24/2000 1:18 PM
BIG Dave
Cheap Tube Amp Alert $199.99
Musicians Friend emailed this today:  
 
SOVTEK MIG-50 HARDWOOD GUITAR HEAD (Item #483608)  
List Price $690.00  
 
INTERNET SPECIAL $199.99  
 
An all-tube head for under $200! This classic has volume and master so you can dial in just the distortion level you want, from crisp and clean to dirty and mean. 50W of power supplied by 2 - 5881s make the Midget as powerful as it is portable. Paired with a 2x12 cab, it delivers a great vintage tweed-stack sound. Hardwood finish. 33 lbs.  
Click here for more info on the Sovtek MIG-50 Guitar Amp Head:  
 
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/j.pl/6016614
 
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8/24/2000 1:32 PM
John

This is the Mig 50-H, with the cascading gain stages and not the Mig 50, originally designed by Tony Bruno and based on the Bassman/JTM 45 circuit.  
I've read that it's more difficult to mod this than the original Mig 50; the small size is just one of the issues if I recall correctly.
 
8/24/2000 2:00 PM
kg
who cares if it's hard to mod? 200 is worth the chassis and trannies and tubes alone... so you rip out the entire guts of the thing and build it back up again--exactly the way you want it.  
 
that's NOT the mig50h, which was a full size head, just like it's brother, the mig100h, only it was 50 watts instead of 100.  
 
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8/24/2000 4:04 PM
John

I stand corrected.  
I thought the "H" stood for hardwood.  
This is from the webpage listed:  
 
This classic R&B head has volume and master so you can dial in just the distortion level you want, from crisp and clean to dirty and mean. 50W of power supplied by 2 - 5881s make the Midget as powerful as it is portable. Paired with a 2x12 cab, it delivers a great vintage tweed-stack sound. Hardwood finish. 33 lbs.  
 
Here they refer it as the Midget; originally marketed as the Mig 50-H. I do know that T. Bruno had nothing to do with this design.  
 
I thought the Mig 100 (H or no H) was based off of the 100 watt JCM 800 series, and that the midget was something completely different. There's also the Mig 60 to confuse me even more.  
 
The original Mig 50s are a good starting platform without having to gut the whole thing.  
I wasn't trying to diss this deal; I cannot argue that $200 is a bad price.  
 
Can somebody who really knows what's what please provide some insight on the Sovtek line?
 
8/24/2000 4:51 PM
Steve M.

John,  
 
Here is my understanding of the Sovtek line:  
 
MiG 50 - bassed on the '59 Bassman circuit, designed by Tony Bruno, medium sized head. Two Sovtek 5881s.  
 
MiG 50H the "Tube Midget", high gain master volume ciucuit in a small head. Two Sovtek 5881s.  
 
MiG 60 - Late 60s Marshall circuit with a master volume, uses EL34s  
 
MiG 100 - Don't really know about this one.  
 
MiG 100H -Super high gain metal head, about the same size as a Marshall head. Four Sovtek 5881s  
 
I've owned both the MiG 50 and 50H, and both were decent sounding amps. Four Sovtek 5881s  
 
Hope this helps,  
 
Steve
 
8/24/2000 4:54 PM
Steve M.

that's NOT the mig50h, which was a full size head, just like it's brother, the mig100h, only it was 50 watts instead of 100.  
 
I beg to differ, the MiG 50H is the "Tube Midget", which is the small box head. I don't believe that Sovtek made a 50 watt head in the large 100H-sized box.  
 
Steve
 
8/24/2000 5:27 PM
kg
so the mig 50h does not have the same preamp as the mig100h?  
 
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