The feeling we got from the NAMM show this year was that amps are the source of a lot of the excitement. And none more so than those from Victory Amplification, who have acquired a reputation as one of the top builders around right now.
The soft launch of three V4 Series Pedal Preamps at the show was a surprise that got us excited and so we waited… and waited some more. But, finally, after extensive road testing, they’re surfacing and are available to buy in September. The final results are indicative of a company keen to blaze a trail.
Chief designer, Martin Kidd says, “To the best of my knowledge, nobody has put four valves running at proper plate voltage in a pedal preamp before, so while the idea of a pedal is nothing new, having a whole alternative front end for your amp makes it a bit more interesting!”
The valves in question started life as a quartet of CV4014 pentodes, many of which were made by Mullard, according to Victory. However, during beta testing, V1 was changed to a shorter form triode in a bid to eliminate microphonics and switching noise. There are three models available in the range, all based on their namesake amplifiers: The Countess (distinct clean and dirty channels); The Sheriff (classic rock and modded ‘plexi’ tones) and The Kraken (heavy rock, extended range and progressive styles). Look out for the reviews in a future issue, where we’ll detail why these are far more than just your average stompboxes, as the relationship with your amp effectively gives you the option to ‘rebirth’ its tone, plus there’s the use with rented backline and recording.
Each pedal will be £349, including a 12V DC power supply (current draw is 800mA minimum) and more info is available at www.victoryamps.com ■