Toll-Free Express

“…you’ll be surprised how much 10 watts working full time can sound stadium-huge.”

-from Premier Guitar magazine’s review of the Toll-Free Express

OVERVIEW
The Toll-Free Express is a 10-watt, class A EL34 powered head designed to give you that highly coveted “British” crunch coupled with some CEC signature tonal qualities. But instead of having to wake the dead by cranking the master volume of a classic 100 watt amplifier, the 10-watt output section in the Toll-Free Express gets you there at much more reasonable volume levels. This is a pure, no-nonsense, all-tube rock & roll machine in a ridiculously portable package! However, don’t be fooled by the numbers–this little monster can get louder than you might think when you really start pushing the master, and the low end response is punchy & tight!

The Toll-Free Express sports two 12AX7’s in the preamp and a single EL34 in the power amp. The all handwired circuit contains the high quality components and characteristic durability you expect from a CEC amplifier.

VERSATILITY
Although the Toll-Free Express was designed with mid to high gain tones as it’s focal point, it wouldn’t be a CEC amp without versatility built in. Incredible break up tones from slight, touch sensitive dirt to heavy tube saturation and even some full-on sludge are just a bit of knob twisting away. But dialed back, the amp will provide you with warm and chimey cleans that are just as inspiring. What may be one of the best attributes of this amp is the fact that it sounds great at any volume! No attenuation or power scaling required…just set the master wherever you like. How is this possible? The difference is in the design. And like every other CEC amplifier, close attention to design detail provides you with a broad range of available tones.

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FEATURES & SPECS

  • Completely hand built in the USA¬† by CEC Amplification under rigorous quality standards
  • 10 watts out of a pure class A, single ended EL34
  • Tube complement: 2x JJ 12AX7, 1x SED “Winged C” EL34
  • Gain, TMB tone controls, hi-cut switch, and master volume — a simple but powerful control set
  • 4, 8, and 16 ohm outputs allow use with any speaker cabinet
  • Custom wound O’Netics transformers and choke — the best iron available for the best tone possible
  • Auricap signal capacitors throughout allow for optimum tonal clarity and detail
  • Dovetail jointed baltic birch cabinet with top and rear ventilation
  • Compact and lightweight at just 14.5″ x 9.5″ x 9.5″ and 21 lbs

TOLL-FREE EXPRESS IN ACTION
Basic overdrive tone with Les Paul (performed by Matt Holliman of Premier Guitar magazine)

Tele overdrive with Hi-Cut switch engaged (performed by Matt Holliman of Premier Guitar magazine)

Strat blues-rock overdrive with Hi-Cut switch engaged (performed by Matt Holliman of Premier Guitar magazine)

Toll-Free Express does warm, clean jazz (song and performance by Nashville pro Michael Noble)

Toll-Free Express basic overview and demonstration:

In the video below, Shain Honkonen takes an early iteration of the Toll-Free Express prototype for a brief test drive.