British amplification legends Marshall have unveiled a brand new, all valve line. Constructed in the Marshall factory in Bletchley, England, the Astoria range features three all-valve, 30 watt models with each available as a combo or head and matching 1x12 cabinet.
Marshall's website describes the three distinct models:
"The Astoria Classic is a single channel amplifier that will appeal to purists who want loud, clean valve tone, and to boutique pedal enthusiasts who will find it the perfect pure-valve foundation for their sound.
The Astoria Custom is a single channel amplifier for tone seekers who want it vintage but with the convenience of contemporary features and switching: footswitchable valve driven FX Loop, tone shaping pull switches and footswitchable gain boost.
The Astoria Dual, with two footswitchable channels, goes from vintage pure-valve cleans, to dirty-sweet overdrive, to higher gain harmonic distortion. Combine this with footswitchable FX Loop and extended tonal shaping for added performance flexibility."
The boutique styling and UK build make the Astoria series a very promising proposition. With availability listed as Summer 2015, these are certainly an Amp Of The Year contender.