NAD: Verellen Coop

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  1. broken_sound

    broken_sound Silver Supporting Member

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    After a few failed delivery attempts, I finally got my Verellen Coop from Mr. Postman. Here's my honeymoon review:

    I've only gotten a couple hours of play in so far but man does the Coop scream American brute force. This amp is really intended for your classic 6L6 cleans to gritty crunch when pushed hard. The EQ is extremely flexible (i mean it), it's very easy to dial in tones from punchy and flat to sparkly and bright. If I had to compare it to any amp, it would definitely be a tweed twin without the rectifier sag. It's got the rounded mids, unforgivable punch, and lower compression that leaves you somewhat naked.

    One of the things that I'm most impressed by with this amp is the frequency headroom. Driving a D*A*M Sonic Titan -> Stone Deaf PDF-1 tuned to full boosted low frequencies does not compress and fart out. What does this mean.....this amp is a great pedal platform!!!

    The reverb on the amp is really my kind of reverb. The decay is very short but it will dwell with your notes as long as they ring out. It can almost get into surf territory but the signal stays much more present than the effect so your guitar doesn't get lost. I've always been more of a drive guy, I don't like the effects to do the playing for me, so I'm really digging it.

    The only thing I wish this amp was capable of is just a tad more breakup at lower/bedroom volumes. With the preamp dimed on a Strat (57/62 pickups) the signal doesn't begin to clip until around 10:00. With a Les Paul you're looking at 9:00. But since the amp takes pedals so well, I can get away with it at home. Hopefully I'll be at the practice space this weekend and then I can really open up this baby.
     
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  2. sickboy79

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    Very cool! That amp looks fantastic. Glad to hear you're enjoying it so far. Congrats!
     
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  3. la noise

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    Awesome. Welcome to the club! Proud Coop Combo
    owner here. :aok
     
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    Nice review. Love your description of the reverb, that's my type of verb too.
     
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    broken_sound Silver Supporting Member

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    Another point to add is that somehow the reverb does not get out of control when I drive the front of the amp, the decay and dwell remain calm. The reverb is just as exciting with this amp as the bare tone.
     
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    Tube swapping can further
    alter the character nature of
    the verb, too. :aok
     
  7. broken_sound

    broken_sound Silver Supporting Member

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    @la noise

    I haven't cracked the amp open yet to look at what's going on. Is V3 the reverb send? What tubes are you running in your coop?
     
  8. la noise

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    I honestly wish I had your head.... the Coop one. ;)

    Have had some issues with tube rattle in the combo
    I have. :huh

    Anywho, I am running some vintage tubes in mine and
    it is GLORIOUS sounding! :drool

    I have some SED Winged "C" 6L6s and a combination
    of RCA and GE preamp tubes. I ended up running a
    low-gain 12AT7 in the V3 reverb slot... just to tame
    the 'verb a little. It was way too washy and boingy
    for me with a hotter tube in that slot. I could not
    turn the reverb up past 10:00 or 11:00. Now I can
    run it up a little higher and use more of the range
    and get a more subtle 'verb that is not too surfy. :)

    I will also add that I have a Super Reverb in the house,
    and the 1 x 12 Coop sounds fantastic in comparison.
    Ben really nailed it, and together with the way the
    combo cabinet is voiced it sounds massive for a combo. :aok

    In fact, it is the best 1 x 12 combo I have ever heard. None
    of that boxy-ness that tends to plague a lot of combo amps.

    Now if only I could get rid of that tube rattle once and
    for all. :(
     
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