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Anyone compared the Sommer GCB ( grindycop beast cable ) to the EA Reveal??

BluesHarp

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Looking to find a cable that feels and sounds exactly like the GCB. Need to prepare for the future as I have mine starting to fail on me. :mad:
 

Kelly

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Most of the time cables fail near the plug. I just snip off a little and resolder. I do like EA cables, though. You can't go wrong with 'em.
 

oxtone

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I tried the Sommer GCB cable a couple years ago, and found it to be too scooped in the midrange.
 

BluesHarp

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I bought a Reveal 15 ft today.. bump to see if anyone has had these two cables.

Or.. just any feedback on what you like or think about the Reveal would be cool.
 

jnepo1

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The GCB is similar to the Reveal because like the Reveal, the GCB uses an enamel coating on the strands to isolate them from each other. Coating each strand mitigates negative audio effects from individual wire strand interaction as well as skin effect. Skin effect is the resistance of the conductors, to put it in simple terms. The GCB is similar to the Evidence Audio Reveal in that it is using Litz wire, which is what was explained earlier: individually enamel coated wires. If you have ever seen Litz wire, you will see that the wires have a silky feeling to them and are not twisted in a sense and have a fibrous material(enamel coating) surrounding them.

If you've ever had to solder Litz wire, you need to burn the enamel off of the strands of the wires at a high temperature.
 

BluesHarp

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I tried the Sommer GCB cable a couple years ago, and found it to be too scooped in the midrange.
Scooped? It's actually pretty flat with a open/clear mid range and detailed high end that cuts very good without any artificial overtones or spikes. If anything it has a tight and defined low end that is balanced but less prominent than the punch of the mids, IMHO. Most other cables seem to be more warm or have less overall volume in comparison.. The gcb has a quick precise attack and is revealing of your pickups clean tone but isn't thin or notched by any means although it's low capacitance for sure. Maybe that's why the Reveal was named that because that is its strongest character ( revealing ) and I'm really hoping that it has the same mojo as the gcb.

Would really like to know what cables you were comparing too to say the gcb seemed "scooped".. ??

The above explanation of Litz wire is right on and I guess this is a big part of the equation. Many thanks for pointing this out to me.
 

BluesHarp

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Just a quick cap to this thread for all of you who really liked the GCB:

The Reveal is 98% the same wonderful tone as the GCB!!! So.. if you need a wonderful cable that has a natural, quick, and precise mid and high eq.. this is it.

If anything.. I may even prefer it to the GCB. It has a tiny bit more high end presence, but I haven't had a chance to "break it in" because they are supposed to sound settled in and better after at least 10 hours of use. And I dont want to judge it on the first day, but im pretty sure that its a keeper.

Really happy with it, and very glad to now have a replacement that is available. Ive bought 4 or 5 other pricey cables that were great but didnt have the gcb's mojo.

Happy happy happy. :D
 






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