I just saw that video of Stochelo playing through the Peche ala Mouche amp, and it sounds pretty awesome - so much more like the crazy distorted late-Django than a lot of electrified clips I've seen. (It's in a the Guzz pickup pre-order thread)
But there was something I was wondering - for as die hard as a lot of are about authentic details, did nobody notice the 12AX7's in the tube compliment of both the Stimer and Peche ala Mouche amps?
Amps of the 30's-40's-and early 50's all used octal pre-amp tubes, stuff like 6N7's, 6SL7's, 6SC7's, and other now obscure models. Some early tweed Deluxes (5c3 and earlier) have octal tubes. Having a collection of three 30's Gibson EH amps (a 10" 150, a 160, and a 1st gen 185), I really feel there is something very specific about the tone and response of octal pre-amp tubes, and also field coil speakers, which we also used until the 50's. Both of them combine for a super warm/dark tone, and a tactile response that is definitely unique.
I would guess, not having seen a vintage Stimer, but just based on the time period, that it probably didn't have 9-pin "miniature" tubes like a 12AX7 in the pre-amp, and very likely had a field-coil speaker. The amps that would have been circulating during Django's electric period might have had very early permanent magnetic speakers, but I doubt that they would have had anything but octal pre-amp tubes.
Of course in Stochelo's hands, his fingers are providing a lot of the magic. However, wouldn't something like the octal-based circuits in, say, a Vintage47 brand amp, or perhaps a 5b3 or 5c3 deluxe-type be much closer sounding? Clearly, Stochelo isn't having a trouble nailing that tone, but some of us are human and need the help....
Also, I don't mean to dump on either amp, but I'm just wondering. Is there anything beside the cabinet construction that is really any different that say another amp with a 12AX7 pre-amp, and an EL34 or 6V6 or 6L6 power amp?