Catalinbread Epoch Pre
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The preamp of the legendary Echoplex Bandechoes is regarded as the holy grail in terms of boosters and "sound improvers". Well-known guitarists like Jimmy Page and Eddie van Halen used the Echoplex to push their amps.
Over the past few years, various companies have launched Echoplex Preamp Style Boosters - Catalinbread has now taken it to new heights with a technically elaborate variant. With the Belle Epoche Delay, a digital replica of the Echoplex Bandecho, Catalinbread had landed a real hit. Chief designer Howard G has now precisely analyzed and dissected the old Echoplex preamp - the secret of the legendary headroom lies in the internal operating voltage of 22 volts. The Epoch Pre also works internally with 22 Volt, which is rewarded with an enormous headroom.
From the good old Echoplex, there are 2 versions that differ in the sound - the Epoch pedal has both variants on board: Early simulates the first Echoplex series, which delivers tight basses and raised upper mids - while the later version is incredibly round, warm and creamy Sounds The BIAS of the JFEt transistors can be controlled, resulting in different sound colours. In addition, there is a booster on board that peps up the Guitar Amp. The pedal should be used at the end of the effect chain; a switchable buffer is available for long cable paths.