The original Chimey Limey is based on a 1960 EF86 input Vox circuit. Pure tone with bloom and chime for days. Beautify. The Chimey Limey gets noted the world over as one of the finest examples of Vox tone available.
Over time I've improved the reliability of the Chimey Limey by replacing the EF86, which is prone to microphonics, noise and other issues, with a special little circuit my pal David Channing turned me on to. It's been around form the beginning, but is not widely known. Basically you take the two triode (3 elements) stages inside a typical 9 pin "dual triode" preamp tube (12AX7, 12AT7, 12AU7, etc), wire up those 6 elements to make the entire tube operate as a pentode (5 elements). The result is a sound and response of the EF86 (if you pick the right tube and biase it correctly!) with noone of the reliability and availability issues! Brilliant!
The Chimey Limey is a point-to-point wired design in the more costly larger cabinet, as a result it's a more costly amp. So I decided to build the same circuit in the smaller chassis of the Rotten Johnny and Club Master amps, and mount it in the (stunningly large sounding) small cabinet with a WGS Black and Blue AlNiCo speaker. Then adding the reverb circuit from the Club Master Reverb and you end up with the 1960 LimeyVerb which is a mega potent little springy-dingy grab-and-go chime machine!
It's more fun than any one person should be allowed to have!