The PC-2A is the ‘go-to’ compressor for guitarists Adrian Legg and David Gilmour. In fact Adrian and David’s tech (the other Phil Taylor) were involved in audio testing the PC-2A in it’s early days. You can hear the PC-2A’s signature smooth, velvet sound on their albums and the Pink Floyd’s latest album “The Endless River”.
The PC-2A utilises a tiny vintage tube to do its stuff. These tubes were manufactured in the U.S.A. by Sylvania and are arguably the finest ever made rivalling even tubes made by the mighty RCA. The tubes were originally intended for military purposes but ended up being stored at Howard Hughes’ (that’s right, the eccentric, maverick aviator) facility in Williamsport before Phil had them shipped over to Effectrode in Stoke-on-Trent.
The PC-2A is 100% made in Great Britain. Each tube is tested for noise and microphony by Phil (the designer) and the tubes are fitted by the assembly girls – Kim, Chevonne and Jane. Phil also audio tests each and every PC-2A before it’s packed and shipped… sigh, usually by playing “The Wall Part 2″ guitar solo.
The PC-2A is not just for electric guitar – it works superbly on bass to add punch and depth, takes the edge off classical and steel strung guitars fitted with piezo pickups and can effortlessy handle transients from ‘difficult’ instruments such as duclimer, harpsichord and Ukrainian Bandura.