TC Electronic Staccato '51 Reviews 5

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.

Review unit was on loan from TC Electronic. Street price is $1,199 USD.

Very well thought out. Puts out an SPL higher than what you'd think for 450 watts, even with a 210 cab. Built-in tuner, three presets, switchable midpoints for 4-band EQ, A compressor that compresses each string individually rather than grabbing the loudest and a TubeTone knob to dial ia little grind.

Love it all.

Very well made, although I've heard that the finish on the companion cabinets is not durable.

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 5 on 2010-07-17.

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