Tone Report Weekly 179 - Page 50

GEAR SPOTLIGHT WALRUS AUDIO WARHORN REVIEW BY DAVID A. EVANS STREET PRICE $199.00 Walrus Audio’s new Warhorn is an overdrive for the mid-range. It delivers the bluesy, electric tones that conjure up images of long leather coats, well- played Stratocasters, and concho-lined, wide- brimmed hats. At times, I also thought I envisioned a 1933, hot-rodded Ford coupe and long, red beards. Yet the tone was the important thing, and the Warhorn had plenty of good tone to spare. One of the keys to this famous “Texas tone” is an emphasis on mid- range frequencies. I won’t say that my playing 50 GEAR SPOTLIGHT // approached Stevie Ray Vaughn’s level of virtuosity, but when I clicked on the Warhorn and heard its sweet mid- range tones, I could have sworn that I also heard those Texas floodwaters tumble through the arroyo. The Warhorn’s controls are what one might expect. Its no-nonsense array of Level, Drive, Bass, and Treble controls are complemented by a small toggle switch that controls the compression level. Flip up the toggle for what Walrus calls a symmetrical form of clipping. Flip it down Walrus Audio Warhorn for a less compressed, asymmetrical clipping that’s both a little louder and more dynamic. I first tested the default, 12 o’clock position on all the knobs with the compression toggle set to up (more compression). I was pleased. The Warhorn cut out the boominess in my clean tone by elevating the mids and the highs to greater prominence. Strumming an E major chord in first position gave a well- defined, slightly distorted tone. This was just the right amount of color, I believed, for making some rhythmic strumming