NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Maggieo » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:09 am

Somersault looks pretty interesting. Please buy one, so I don't have to. :ph34r:
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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Gavanti » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:56 am

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I want to try it out on the bass too, because having that extra overdrive with the pre-amp knob might be useful. I technically bought it for the bass, but I don't think I'll be able to let it off the guitar board. I'm quickly becoming a bit of a Caroline fanboy. Did you hear about their two new releases at summer NAMM? Update to the Kilobyte (called the Megabyte; which has tap tempo and I believe still has the Havoc switch for feedback) and a lo-fi modulation called the Somersault
Y'all are not helping! The chaos level on my board is bad enough as it is. I'd been thinking I'd test out the new Twin Peaks against my Monument and be done with it, but now there's not only the Parabola but also fun modulation and a potential upgrade to the Kilobyte(!!!!). I'm in trouble. :D

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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:55 pm

Maggieo wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:09 am
Somersault looks pretty interesting. Please buy one, so I don't have to. :ph34r:
I likely won't be able to help Maggie. I was never much of a chorus guy, as good as it sounds.

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Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:41 pm
I want to try it out on the bass too, because having that extra overdrive with the pre-amp knob might be useful. I technically bought it for the bass, but I don't think I'll be able to let it off the guitar board. I'm quickly becoming a bit of a Caroline fanboy. Did you hear about their two new releases at summer NAMM? Update to the Kilobyte (called the Megabyte; which has tap tempo and I believe still has the Havoc switch for feedback) and a lo-fi modulation called the Somersault
Y'all are not helping! The chaos level on my board is bad enough as it is. I'd been thinking I'd test out the new Twin Peaks against my Monument and be done with it, but now there's not only the Parabola but also fun modulation and a potential upgrade to the Kilobyte(!!!!). I'm in trouble. :D
:D :D Monument always looked cool to me! Personally, I think the Kilobyte is perfect. Tap tempo is handy, but I don't see anything from the Megabyte that really gets me to want to replace my Kilobyte.
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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Gavanti » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:15 am

Ok, y'all are right. The Parabola is great! The humped wave form, even in FM mode, means it's definitely more for people who like their tremolo to be very present. The Invader drive is way easier to dial in independently than it is on the Kilobyte and Meteore and sounds good pushed by other gain pedals as well. As with most Caroline pedals, I'm loving the interactivity of the controls, which makes for a lot of rewarding experimentation.

Two quirks I have noticed: I don't get much variation on the first quarter of the depth or speed knobs. Also, the Havoc switch operates less smoothly than it does on the Kilobyte and Meteore. It's not a problem, but I have to remember to press harder to get it to engage.

I'm not certain if my Monument is out the door yet. The Parabola doesn't do the slow sine wave thing that I like for softening up tone, and it doesn't have the harmonic trem. However, I'm finding the Parabola more interesting and more organic to my playing, and I want to use it more. This is why the Kilobyte has survived several more full-featured delays.

Now I really want a Somersault.

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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Maggieo » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:48 am

The Somersault really does look like something special, but I've already got two Uni-Vibe type pedals already. :fp:
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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Gavanti » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:26 am

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The Somersault really does look like something special, but I've already got two Uni-Vibe type pedals already. :fp:
I hear you. If it makes it any easier, I’ve got a Unicorn and a Night Wire on the way (and a DejaVibe already), and I still want the Somersault. I figure if I can get them all pulsing in synch, I should be able to start trolling the nearest USGS observatory. :D

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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by HH1978 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:53 am

I never should have read this thread! Now I have some serious GAS...

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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:55 pm

HH1978 wrote:
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I never should have read this thread! Now I have some serious GAS...
It's dangerous. I'd thought that my EQD Hummingbird was my favorite tremolo and I'd never want to replace it, until I tried the Parabola. GAS is real, my friend.
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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by HH1978 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:55 am

I totally believe you! I haven't changed the tremolo pedal on my board for four years or so. It's David Rolo's Twin peaks (made in Belgium so I actually met the builder when I bought it). Probably one of the most versatile unit out there. Yet there are four things that make me think that the Parabola could compliment the Twin Peaks : the FM switch (that sounds very different to the TP harmonic setting), the preamp, the havoc and the fact that it seems to handle dirt better.

I just scored the only used Parabola in the EU on reverb. Half the price of a new one :)
Now I'll have to wait a bit for it, the seller being on hollidays until the 6th.

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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:53 am

Very nice! Half off is a great price!!
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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by HH1978 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:15 am

Yes, and only 10€ shipping from Poland to Belgium. Sounds like a good deal :)

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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:40 pm

HH1978 wrote:
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Yes, and only 10€ shipping from Poland to Belgium. Sounds like a good deal :)
Oh yeah 8) 8)
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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Maggieo » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:46 am

I feel like the Jesus of Trem.
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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:03 pm

:D :D :D
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Re: NPD: Caroline Guitar Company Météore Reverb And Parabola Trem

Post by HH1978 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:58 am

I feel like the Jesus of Trem.
Frankly, yes, you've been my Messiah! ;D (and Shadoweclipse also)

I got the Parabola today. I'm always a bit nervous when I try a new tremolo pedal. A good amp tremolo is my favourite effect, but each time I have had hopes to get something similar from a pedal, it's been instant disappointment. I've never had a honeymoon phase with a tremolo pedal, and I've sold each one I bought in the past relatively fast. The Tin Peaks has been an exception, probably 4 or 5 years on my pedalboard now, but more because it is a very versatile unit, than because I've found exactly the sound I had in mind. I'll keep it because it doesn't sound bad, and it can do almost anything. But the Parabola will be the one on my board from now on.

I never use the words "Holy Grail", as they sound always like an overstatement to me, but that's how I feel about the Parabola. It does exactly what I had stopped to look for in a trem pedal, it sounds like a nice tremolo amp!

The preamp is especially wonderful, and probably the main reason why it sounds so good. But what also makes the experience so pleasant is the perfect taper of the pots. I can really adjust everything the way I like, the controls act really smoothly.
I was sure I would prefer the FM mode. But I've found I like both equally.

I wasn't even looking for a new trem before I read this thread, so, really, thank you!

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