Catalinbread Valcoder vs Valco amp tremolo




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Published on Oct 25, 2009

I am A/B'ing a Catalinbread Valcoder Repeat Percussion Tremolo with the onboard fixed-depth tremolo of an Airline 9061, an amp made by Valco for Montgomery Ward. It is a close relative of the Supro 6616 Trojan, the very amp that the Valcoder is based on.
Sadly, the Valcoder is discontinued.

For the purposes of this shootout, the Valcoder was set with its rate control between approx. 11 and 1;30 o'clock and its depth control between approx. 11 and 12 o'clock, within that narrow range it is capable of covering all the tremolo sounds available from the amp, so imagine the extremes it is capable of.

It emulates the variable-depth tremolo on my other Valco amps (some of which may be seen lurking in the background) with equal ease. A truly great sounding tremolo pedal. If you love the sound of Valco amp tremolo and come across one of these, grab it. You won't be disappointed. There's a lot of stuff out there that claims to "give you the sound of *insert coveted vintage analog gear here* in a box" and usually falls short...Kudos to Catalinbread for making a pedal that really delivers what it claims to do.

The guitar is a 1965 Supro res-o-glas Martinique.


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