DP40 The Duchess
In collaboration with Peter 'Danish Pete' Honoré
A special-edition V40 The Duchess in arresting purple, with a slightly tweaked reverb section for Danish Pete!
V40 The Duchess is a single-channel valve amp that's all about maximum tone with minimum confusion. Our great friend Peter 'Danish Pete' Honoré has always loved the V40 for its unbeatable blend of world-class tone and go-anywhere portability. As his is the world of all-things purple, we've teamed up with Pete to offer a special edition 'DP40', available exclusively through Andertons in the UK and American Musical Supply in the USA. US and Canadian customers can also buy directly from the Victory website in those territories.
DP40 The Duchess is exactly same specification as the standard V40, but with a slightly tweaked reverb voice that offers a little more depth and brightness.
It’s one for the ‘feel’ players and Danish Pete is definitely one of those!
DP40 The Duchess - Technical Spec & Info
Format: Single channel head
Power: 42 Watts,
Low Power: 7 Watts,
High Power Single-Ended: 1.5 Watts,
Low Power Single-Ended: 0.5 Watts
Valves: 3 x 12AX7, 2 x EL34 as standard
Size (mm): 342(w) x 185(h) x 185(d) including handle, feet & controls
Weight: 8.2kg / 18.1lbs
Two-position Voice switch
Mid Kick switch
Footswitchable digital reverb with hard bypass option
Series effects loop with hard bypass
Power valves switchable to 6L6
Skeletonised metal case with rubber handle
Padded carry bag included
Single-button footswitch for reverb on/off included
Single Channel & Voice Switch
You can go from clean, ’60s Californian tones with single coils, through to a driven mid-’60s British overdrive all in one channel. Voice II strengthens the midrange subtly at the input for more punch and cut.
This works in conjunction with the Middle pot to boost midrage frequencies in the EQ section. The more you push the Midde pot, the more it pushes overdriven sounds, especially with humbuckers.
DP40's reverb is tweaked slightly over the standard V40 to offer a little more brightness in the way Pete likes it. It sits somewhere between a plate and hall-type sound. It's hard bypassable too if you want it totally out of the circuit.
Series Effects Loop
The hard-bypassable effects loop enables you to use delays, reverbs etc after the preamp section of the amp to keep them clean sounding. If they aren't as clear as you like, try lowering the mix/output of the pedal, especially as you turn the amp master up.
Low Power Options
The front panel switch offers a low-power mode for around 7 watts. In addition, you can use the single-ended mode which selects to just one or other of the power valves in Class A operation (use them evenly to keep the wear roughly equal). Low power and single-ended mode together will take the output down below 1 watt RMS.
6L6 or EL34 Power Valves
V40 gives you the option of running either EL34 or 6L6 power valves. They offer subtly different tonal characteristics in terms of power stage overdrive and also overall frequency response. Notice we said subtle! There's a bias range switch to get you in the right ballpark, but precise bias adjustment is also advised whenever you change power valves.
"I’ve loved and played the V40 and the V40D since they came out.
I love the versatility of the volume and master which means you can get big clean sounds but also that slightly driven tone from the amp.
I always preferred the reverb in the Deluxe, so we tweaked the reverb so it has a slightly longer decay and slightly brighter sound.
It’s a mighty sound in a small box that's brilliant on any 1x12, 2x12 cabinet or in the studio running through cab sims and IRs.
And now it is purple, so what’s not to love?!"
A very portable head with stunning low-gain tone that's in a class of its own.
This open-backed 2x12 uses a pair of Celestion G12M-65 Creamback speakers. People are often amazed when they first hear the sheer 'size' and resonance of our vertical 2x12s, due in part to the solid pine principal construction. It has all the vibe of your favourite vintage cab, but with a stage- and car-friendly footprint, and easy one-hand carry. 485mm wide and purple for Pete!