Taking heavy inspiration from the Plexi Super Lead and Plexi Super Bass amps, as well as the early JMP and JCM800, the Room #40 vows to serve up faithful tonal reproductions that capture that so-called “Marshall mojo”.
Each unit, which is hand-built in the boutique brand’s workshop in Athens, Greece, employs JFET technology and pays close attention to emulating the compression that came from the original models.
From a hands-on perspective, the Room #40 features two footswitches, one true bypass tasked with engaging the pedal and an additional switch which triggers a boost mode.
Under the hood, the pedal comes equipped with two separate Marshall circuits selected via a toggle switch, with the 19 position aiming to deliver Plexi tones and 20 seeking to serve up the JPM/JCM800 sounds.
These specific circuits can then be further sculpted thanks to a three-band EQ featuring Bass, Middle and Treble, as well as two additional volume knobs, a master control and a Variac parameter.
While the secondary volume serves as a de facto boost controller, the Variac voice can be used to alter the voltage going into the amp – an addition inspired by the “brown sound” of late electric guitar legend, Eddie Van Halen.
One final tone-tweaking appointment appears in the form of a Presence knob, which lets players adjust their tone to their individual rig.
The Tsakalis AudioWorks Room #40 is available now for $292.
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