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Thermionic Culture Vulture 20th Anniversary Edition

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Thermionic Culture is celebrating its 20th year of making superb all-valve products with a special limited edition of Thermionic's best selling Culture Vulture Stereo Valve Distortion. Shipping early February.

Thermionic Culture Vulture Stereo Valve Distortion 20th Anniversary Edition

20th Anniversary Limited Edition Culture Vulture

The 20th Anniversary Edition of the Thermionic Culture Culture Vulture is limited to 120 units. They come with Mullard and Philips factory valves and a signed certificate. It differs from the original in that it has much lower background noise, using Sowter transformers to balance line inputs and outputs, also indented pots for easy recall.The sound is practically identical to the original, except the top end is extended to way beyond audio range, making it a great mastering tool. Of course you can still get 99% distortion if you should feel the need! There’s even an extra extreme position on the distortion switch.

Originally designed as a "distortion box" to simulate distortion in valve amps it has found lots of uses beyond this. We know that some owners use them on drum loops, vocals, piano sounds and even across entire tracks (it is a stereo unit).

We have refined this so that distortion figures are reduced to only 0.2% at lowest to about 99.9% (at least that's what our distortion meter tells us!). Predominant distortion can be changed from even to odd harmonics with a simple switch. We know it's recently been rented to mix a JAMES BOND movie!

Thermionic Culture Vulture Features:

Warm sounds gently or create a noise like a 200 watt guitar stack with all the drivers slashed.

Independent channel operation.

  • Odd or even harmonic distortion, or combination of both.
  • All valve design free from solid state additives.
  • High impedance line input or instrument inputs.
  • 4 & 7 kHz filters
  • Overdrive & bypass switches
  • Long life high quality valves
  • Made in England

Thermionic Culture Vulture Specifications

  • Maximum output level +20dBV
  • Distortion 0.2% to 99.9%.
  • Noise Variable better than 75dB below M. O. L at most settings
  • input Impedance 30k
  • Output Impedance 2.5k ohm ( should ideally drive a 10k input impedance )
  • Frequency response >1dB variation over 10Hz to 25kHz ( actually +/- 1.75dB over 50Hz to 15kHz at low distortion )