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Port City Amplification Merino Combo  From Port City

With Port City's Merino, tweed never sounded so good!

Port City Amplification


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What We Think

The perfect amp for 50's Tweed-era tones at lower volumes! Here at Sound Pure, we love supporting great local builders, and Daniel Klein of Port City really knows his craft. The Merino is based around the popular 5F10 Harvard circuit and nails those classic "Keef" tones! I plugging in my favorite Suhr T-style guitar, cranked the volume, and had heavenly tone under my fingers. Simplicity, portability, and a great pedal platform make this amp perfect for anyone wanting clean and overdrive tones at a friendly volume. 

Manufacturer's Description from Port City

This 10-watt tube amplifier recalls the tweed-style tones of the past, providing a versatile platform for a wide variety of playing styles. The Merino is our modified take on an often overlooked classic tweed design, the Harvard 5F10. This combo is cleaner at high volumes than any small tweed-style amp we have ever heard, yet once it reaches the threshold of overdrive, it has more drive than any similar style amp. Simply put, this small 10-watt combo will rival most amps with twice the power, while sounding both familiar and tastefully unique. With a very useful and simple set of volume and tone controls, your ideal sound can be achieved in seconds, allowing you to get back to playing music. 

Port City Amplification

About Manufacturer


Port City Amplification is based out of Asheville, NC, where we design and build all of our products to a strict quality standard, while striving to keep them affordable for working musicians. We approach what we do as an art - not in a lofty, unapproachable fashion - but because we find beauty in the simplicity and depth of what we create. When you buy a Port City product, you are buying a piece of gear that we have invested in so that you can be inspired to make music.


After years of touring, teaching music lessons, a brief career in finance, and working at one of the country's main guitar parts suppliers, Daniel Klein set out to begin what would soon become Port City Amplification. By studying electronics at night while working by day, the groundwork began to take shape. With help from a coworker and local amp guru, Daniel recalls building his first amplifier - a Bassman AB165 clone - and his passion for building amplifiers began to grow.

As Port City developed into a self-sustaining company, it became clear that one thing lacking in the boutique amplifier industry was innovation. One of the first products that was released out of this need was the original 1x12 Wave cabinet, a totally unique design which was approved for a provisional patent soon after. The concept of these cabinets emerged from a place of asking fundamental questions about how to get the best tone possible from a guitar speaker. The simplicity in this approach to designing products continued as Daniel designed the Twelve, and soon after, the Pearl...


Asheville, NC.

We are very proud to operate this business from the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We are located about 10 minutes outside of downtown Asheville and couldn't be happier with this home base for Port City Amplification. 


The Port City Merino features:

Master Tone Control

2 – EH 6V6GT power tubes

2 – JJ ECC83 preamp tubes

5Y3 Rectifier Tube

USA Heyboer Transformers

10-watt output  

8 Ohm Impedance

Weight: 33 lbs

20"W // 17.5"H // 9.25"D

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