An original all-tube standalone reverb unit.
The Tall Bird features DC filaments for a noise floor second to none, and is just as at home in the studio patched into a console as it is sitting on an amp in a crowded venue. The Tall Bird especially excels at percussive guitar playing, filling in the gaps of notes with a haunting swell. Part of the unique design is that, rather than a single mix knob, there are dedicated dry and wet volume knobs. With the dry knob at 12 oclock (5 on the dial), the dry signal is at unity gain, but if dialed higher you can use it to push an amplifier! Or you can turn it all the way down and use the Tall Bird all wet on a mix buss, or send it to another amp for weird spatial effects.
The dwell control adjusts how hard the reverb tank is hit with signal; turned up to a certain point it can overdrive the reverb tank for euphonic, cavernous reverb, or set halfway it can do a polite clean reverb that can still completely overwhelm the dry signal if you want it to with a simple twist of the wet knob. Another unique feature of the Tall Bird that is begging to be used creatively is that when the footswitch is clicked off, the tail of the reverb still rings out, a benefit of the uncommonly quiet reverb return circuitry.The Tall Bird has proven itself to be a surprisingly essential piece of gear. Once you experience it you'll never want to be without one. Not only is the reverb one of the most stunning reverbs out there, but using the unit as a pre-amp gives your amp an unexpected yet essential lift. You can use it to overdrive your amp or simply set it one click above unity for the fattest, richest sound you'll ever hear from your power amp. You can run the Tall Bird into an A/B/Y box that feeds the Monarch, the Chimera, or both, or alternatively, you can run the Tall Bird into the Vinny and the line out from the Vinny into the same A/B/Y box - allowing all hell to break loose. There is no full stack Plexi that the combination of a Tall Bird and a Benson amp can't obliterate.
- Tubes: 2x12AX7s 1x12AU7
- 3 spring 9" Jensen Mod reverb tank
- Instrument level operation only-needs modification (or expertise) to work with an amp effects loop or recording console
- Point to point construction on terminal strips, no circuit, eyelet or turret board
- Carbon Comp resistors
- Mallory 150M tone capacitors
- DC filments for low noise
- Baltic birch head cabinet
- Head 13.5” W 8” H 8.25” D, 13 lbs