TC Electronic Staccato '51 Reviews
A revamped version of TC's RH450 head, developed in conjunction with Tower of Power bassist Francis Rocco Prestia. Compact (8.8 pounds) 450 watt head in a red case.
After using Genz-Benz amplifiers exclusively for the past 10 years, I approached the Staccato ’51 with a “Show Me “ attitude. And the Staccato called my bluff. In fact, having begun playing bass many years ago with a 50-watt Bassman head and a 212 cabinet, when the Staccato first spoke I felt like I was again hearing the voice of an old friend. Although not as powerful as the Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.0 I normally run (450 watts vs. 600 watts into 4 ohms) and although running two 10” speakers rather than two 12’s, the Staccato put out equal sound pressure levels with a Gain setting slightly lower than and a Master setting equal to the Shuttle’s. The Staccato delivered in a rather loud band setting (three guitars, keys and acoustic drums, plus bass, with PA support) in a vaulted-ceiling room inhabited by around 400 people. And, although the Shuttle has more headroom, I never felt I was pushing the Staccato. The Staccato ’51 may not sound as hi-fi as many of today’s modern, lightweight bass amps (Genz-Benz, Markbass, Gallien Krueger) when set up right out of the box, but that’s not what Rocco Prestia intended when he helped to revamp EQ points, add compression and dial in a little tube growl. This amplifier has a distinctive voice, one that hearkens back to the glory days when the Ampeg B15 “flip-top” was the amp of choice for discerning bassists both onstage and in the studio. Yet, with just a little tweaking, even non-geeks can find a hi-fi sound easily and – what’s even better — they can store that sound with the push of a button. The Staccato ’51 is not your father’s bass amp —it just sounds like it is.Laklander rated this unit on 2010-07-17.
More TC Electronic Bass_Guitar_Amplifiers
ï¿½ Gear Review Network / MusicGearReview.com - 2000