Re: NAIAPD! Tech 21 Character Series Oxford
Thanks for the report! I love the Tech21 stuff, but a lot of it is a little out of the price range for something I would use primarily for direct recording (or into a PA). I bought the 4 Joyo sound clones (which are decent), but eventually caved and got a Tech21 Leeds. It's a Hiwatt emulator, which sounds niche, but actually it has arguably the best clean headroom out of any of the Character series pedals, and can also do a British overdrive with pretty mean low end all-around, so I'm really happy with it.
One sneaky cool thing about them is that if you run them off a 9V battery, I think the power consumption is only like 5mA, so they advertise something like 100 hours of use. That can't be right, but anyway, it's impressive to have a fully portable recording preamp that you don't even need to plug into a wall.
I saw the Oxford and was tempted to get it many times. I don't use an "Orange" sound very often, and I happened to already have an EQD Monarch OD to cover that sound, so I passed. But it looks terrific. Enjoy!
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