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Clubman, a "student" amp. The
Watkins line was up and running,
and these model names would
endure for years, even after the
brand itself had been changed to
WEM (short for Watkins Electric
Music) because Charlie liked the
catchy branding of the by-thenmore-popular Vox amps.
Electronically, Watkins amps
were somewhat rough-hewn by
the standards of better amps to
come (perhaps Watkins' amps,
WEM included, were when compared to those of more-prominent
makers), but they were among the
first British-built amplifiers to fuel
the guitar boom, and played a major part in helping skiffle transition
into rock and roll. As a rule, they
also sounded darn good.
Advertisements of the day billed
the Clubman as a six-watt amp, but
this single-ended combo with one EL84 more
likely put out about four watts RMS at best,
not that you'd immediately hear much of a
difference. An EF86 preamp tube gives the
thing a robust front-end, and its high and low

inputs are labelled "Solo" and "Rhythm" to
better delineate their potential. The internal
photo shows that a few signal and filter
capacitors have been replaced to keep it up
to snuff, but it is otherwise entirely original,

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including its elliptical Elac speaker
and both transformers (note the
exposed connection terminals - do
not reach up behind the rear cover
when this thing is plugged in!).
Owner Julian Marsh says this
particular Clubman sounds wonderful.
"It has a beautifully warm but
punchy sound, with huge levels of
sustain when cranked up," he said.
By the close of the '50s, Watkins
was one of the "big three" British
amp makers, alongside Selmer and a
rapidly-growing JMI/Vox. This was
achieved partly on the back of the
proliferation of the Clubman, Westminster, and Dominator models, but
also thanks to one of Watkins's other
extremely successful creations - the
Copicat tape echo unit released in '58.
The WEM amps that followed in the
late '60s and early '70s are easier to
find and remain an even greater vintage-tone
bargain thanks to the usual laws of supply
and demand. Watkins is where it all started,
though, and many will tell you that Charlie's
amps never again looked quite as tasty.


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