Risson Amplifiers Announces the Cyclone 100

The Cyclone 100 is a compact, high-powered amp designed for larger venues.

Anaheim, CA (January 25, 2014) -- Risson Tube Amplifiers is introducing the Risson Cyclone 100 at the 2014 NAMM Show. The Cyclone 100 is a compact, high-powered amp designed for larger venues and delivers a vintage sound reminiscent of tube amps produced in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

The Risson Cyclone 100 allows musicians to punch out a dynamic, heavy lead at high volume levels. It delivers a clean, full sound that allows for overdrive at a moderate level for blues, jazz or rock. And despite its big sound, the American-made Cyclone 100 head is still surprisingly compact and weighs just over 30 pounds.

“Since bringing back the Risson Tube Amplifiers a few years ago, musicians have been thrilled with the sound but have asked me for more powerful units to fill larger rooms,” said Risson Founder and Master Engineer, Bob Rissi. “This new Cyclone 100 will certainly raise the roof in a larger-size venue but still maintain the warm, classic sound that comes with a vintage tube amplifier.”

The Cyclone 100 joins a family of reintroduced tube amplifiers that include the classic Marvell, which was first launched in the 1970s, as well as the Marvell AP40. All the Risson amps utilize triode vacuum tubes to produce a legendary, vintage sound reminiscent of amps built in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Specifically, the Cyclone 100 utilizes 12AX7 tubes that allow for higher frequencies, in conjunction with two 6L or 6550 power tubes that deliver warm, pure amplification.

Bob Rissi was first hired and mentored by Leo Fender and later championed the now legendary Rickenbacker Transonic Series made famous by Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin. His Risson Amplifiers were popular in the ‘70s and reintroduced in 2012 to a new generation of musicians hungry for a classic sound like none other.

“In the ‘60s, tubes produced a sound that would become synonymous with rock and roll, before the advent of the semiconductor,” said Rissi. “It is my hope that Risson Tube Amplifiers will keep classic, vintage sound production alive through quality parts and hand craftsmanship.”

The new Risson Cyclone 100 can provide a big, full sound both in a club and at a studio recording level. Its unique design allows overdrive at a low level for that wide open ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s heavy rock sound, yet it performs just as well for the new sustained country rock sound. It can also be set for a clean and warm guitar performance.

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