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Catalinbread Topanga pedal

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Tavo's posted about this before, but I couldn't find the thread.

I lucked into a "Topanga" for a good price second hand over the weekend, and having read the reviews and comments, I bit.

If you were ever looking for a tank in a box - this is most definitely it. Forget about the Boss '63 reverb pedal, it's harsh useless crap compared to this one - I rehearsed with the Topanga yesterday, and it really does what it says on the tin : it's as close as you're ever gonna get to a Fender outboard reverb unit without using springs and tubes.

Amazing little pedal, and the preamp in it is pretty great for giving your amp a little nudge - the amp I had for rehearsal was too big for the particular room we were in, so I was glad to have that extra preamp juice on tap. And honestly, halfway through the rehearsal I forgot I wasn't playing through my usual rig - pedal's thàt good.

It's definitely going to be something to put in the back of the amp in case the real spring I'm using dies, and I'll be SO happy to have this thing when it's airplane/promotor backline again!

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Tavo's posted about this before, but I couldn't find the thread.

I lucked into a "Topanga" for a good price second hand over the weekend, and having read the reviews and comments, I bit.

If you were ever looking for a tank in a box - this is most definitely it. Forget about the Boss '63 reverb pedal, it's harsh useless crap compared to this one - I rehearsed with the Topanga yesterday, and it really does what it says on the tin : it's as close as you're ever gonna get to a Fender outboard reverb unit without using springs and tubes.

Amazing little pedal, and the preamp in it is pretty great for giving your amp a little nudge - the amp I had for rehearsal was too big for the particular room we were in, so I was glad to have that extra preamp juice on tap. And honestly, halfway through the rehearsal I forgot I wasn't playing through my usual rig - pedal's thàt good.

It's definitely going to be something to put in the back of the amp in case the real spring I'm using dies, and I'll be SO happy to have this thing when it's airplane/promotor backline again!

– WB

Seriously amazing reverb pedal and it doesnt jack with your dry guitar signal, infact it has a nice boost too. Something I hate about blackface combos with reverb is that the verb takes over and sucks in the guitar signal too much IMO. One reason why I came up with a more simplistic reverb to put in my blondeshell. I think this Catalinbread Topanga is the cats pajamas and I use it on my pedal board at the very end of the signal chain boosted with the brain in front. (try the easter egg feature for fun, its relaxing and space like)

Here is the Topanga vs a cork sniffer's actual Spring tank.. cant beat that darn little stomper and yes all Boss '63' reverb pedals should be tossed for the simple fact that they are turning your guitar into 1's and 0's :)

(cover your ears when I start gushing about my F-bomb)

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I've been using the Topanga for about a month now...have done 3 shows and several rehearsals...and it is as advertised above. Awesome reverb pedal!

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For surf guitar, the Topanga (along with Carbon Copy) are my GO TO pedals!

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"Tavo said
and yes all Boss '63' reverb pedals should be tossed for the simple fact that they are turning your guitar into 1's and 0's"

Yup!

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The Topanga does sound really good....definately does the spring sound convincingly but I'd love to have one of Tavo's F-Bombs.

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Hmmm...and I just got a Strymon Blue Sky a few months back - always something coming around the corner I guess.

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Been wanting one of these for awhile. A Mad Professor Silver Spring too. Though I suspect the Topanga is tops for realistic spring sound. MD

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You pushed me over the edge Walter. Just grabbed one last night. Now I get to see (hear) what all the fuss is about.

Not sure why, but reverb and delay curiosity seems without end. I am helpless to resist! MD

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Ha! I'm curious alright, but it's not without end - especially on the delay part. I really only use a delay for slap, and I'm not all that picky as long as that works.

The Topanga pedal is fun - it really does a classic Fender tank extremely well, but without the drawbacks - I've always loved the tone of those things, but what's left of your guitar tone when you turn the 'verb off is not so cool at all.
It's definitely a keeper, and as far as "pedal that does tank realistically" goes, I'm done.

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Late breaking reverb update:

Just unpacked the Topanga reverb. It is exactly as claimed. Has a most realistic reverb sound and "presence" for lack of a better word. Tried it with a non-reverb amp (EC Tremolux). Got that west coast sound. Tried it with the Gries 20, which has a fine built in reverb. The Topanga actually sounds better. It also cooperates perfectly with my other pedals (clean boost and delay).

The volume knob is the special touch. Catalinbread does it again. Thanks for giving me the nudge Walter. Great sounding pedal. MD

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You pushed me over the edge Walter. Just grabbed one last night. Now I get to see (hear) what all the fuss is about.

Not sure why, but reverb and delay curiosity seems without end. I am helpless to resist! MD

– mad dog

btw.. its gets better with 18v.. I run mine at 12v.

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"better" how Tavo? Does it have a noticeable effect on the reverb, or is it mostly the preamp function?

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"better" how Tavo? Does it have a noticeable effect on the reverb, or is it mostly the preamp function?

– WB

Its not earth shaking, it just has a slightly cleaner attack and a hint more "boing" like a tank. May affect how you play in a better way, if you were using it for surf digging into the E-A strings against the bridge. I do a few tunes needing that but for myself, running it at 12v works better with the preamp I keep at the front of my chain. I run the Topanga after my Boss DM-3 out to the amp.

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What is a "topanga" anyway? All I get is a city in Cali and some actress....

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What is a "topanga" anyway? All I get is a city in Cali and some actress....

– ruger9

One of the two most famous LA canyons, the other being Laurel.

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One of the two most famous LA canyons, the other being Laurel.

– Kap'n

AH.......... now I get it................


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