Valves for Watkins/WEM Westminster MKII amplifier

Westminster MKII

WEM Westminster MKII amplifier

The MKII version of this amplifier was introduced in the mid 1960s and uses:

  • 1 x 12AX7 (ECC83) for the tremolo.
  • 1 x EZ80 for the rectifier.
  • 2 x ECL82 for the phase inverter and power output.

For our tube kit we have chosen what we believe is the best possible valves to get the amp sounding its very best. We also stock other makes if you have a specific preference.

Valves for the Watkins/WEM Westminster MKII amp

The Watkins/WEM Westminster amplifier came in over 20 different versions. Some are merely cosmetic changes are repositioning of carrying handles whilst others are significantly changed.

Production started sometime around 1954 and ran up to the late 1970s. Here are some of the models we have seen:

  • 1954/55
  • 1956. Red Star: Red and cream, with speed and depth controls. 10 watts.
  • 1956. Black Star. Black and cream.
  • 1956 V Front 15 watts. Two channels. Twin 10″ Elac speakers. It uses 2 x  2 x EF86, 2 x ECC83 valves and 2 x EL84 power valves.
  • 1957/58 Maroon and cream. It uses the same valves as the MKII – see below.
  • Late 1950s. 2 channel input. Uses EL90 power valves rather than EL84.
  • 1960. 2 channel 14 watt. 3 x ECC83, 1 x EZ81 and 2 x EL84.
  • 1960-1962. 2 channel. 14 watt V Front.
  • 1961/62. Changed instrument panel.
  • 1962. 10 watt. Same valves as the MKII.
  • Mid Sixties. MKII now with complete WEM rebranding.
  • Early 1970s. 10 watt solid state.
  • 1972 to late 70s. Valves again but solid state rectifier. 1 x 12AX7 and 2 x ECL82.
  • Mid 1970s.Bass version with upgraded 12″ speaker.
  • Late 1970s 15 watt with treble boost.

In 2014 a reissue appeared. It was manufactured by John Beer of Amp-Fix in Devon and approved by Charlie Watkins.

We stock most of the valves for these amps but stocks are very low so please contact us if your valves or kit are not shown here.

Our many thanks to Tim Bran for kindly sending us a photo of his own superb Westminster MKII.

Simply choose the complete replacement valve kit or the seperate valves for your amplifier below:

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Replacement Valve Kit for Watkins/WEM Westminster MKII

Replacement Valve Kit for Watkins/WEM Westminster MKII (1 x JJ ECC83 1 x Tesla EZ80 2 x Svetlana ECL82)

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Sovtek 12AX7WA preamp valve

1 x 7025 12AX7WA (ECC83) Valve / Tube – Sovtek NEW TESTED

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