In celebration of building its 10,000th Cali76 Compact Deluxe, Origin Effects has announced limited reissues of the original full-sized Cali76-TX and TX-L compressor pedals.
The two larger originals feature the same compression technology as the Cali76 Compact Deluxe, with the TX version sporting a custom-wound iron core transformer designed to subtly saturate and add extra harmonic complexity at higher gain levels. The Cali76-TX-L meanwhile features a Lundahl transformer, offering ultra-linear performance and transparent low end. The neutral bass colour of the TX-L is more suited to studio use, or low-end-heavy synths or bass guitars.
Making full use of the extra pedal real-estate, both units also feature a 12-stage LED gain-reduction meter, a balanced line-level/DI output and a high/low gain switch in case you want to push the output transformer harder. Further controls include Ratio, Attack and Release for fine control of the kind of compression achieved – as well as input and output gain knobs.
Origin Effects says of the original Cali76: “it was, and still is, like nothing else on the market. With its large, brushed aluminium enclosure, studio-grade circuitry and astonishingly
transparent sound, the Cali76 broke the mould in every department. Though the award-winning Compact Deluxe has replaced the original large-format Cali76, packing exactly the same circuit topology and peerless performance into a smaller enclosure, the original transformer-equipped models remain highly sought-after by players, producers and collectors alike.”
The limited run of the two compressors won’t replace the manufacturers’ flagship Cali76 Compact Deluxe.
Both pedals are available now. The Cali76-TX lists for £550 / $639 / €645, while the Cali76-TX-L lists for £650 / $749 / €765. More information at orgineffects.com.