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T.C. Electronic TC 1220 Parametric Equalizer - Vintage!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Effects and Pedals' started by Kevin Woods, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. Kevin Woods

    Kevin Woods Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    For Sale: The very highly regarded 80's vintage TC 1220 Parametric Equalizer/Feedback Suppressor. I bought it about a year ago, basically as an experiment, but my basses sound pretty good with minimal equalization so I am going to move this along.

    I wouldn't be able to give you chapter and verse how this compares with other parametrics, but:

    1) It functions very smoothly and feels very solid.

    2) The Gain knobs add a hefty boost if you want it.

    3) The Bypass switches are spring loaded, so when you engage the bypass the l.e.d lights up and the switch springs back into place.

    4) There are two channels, each with two bands of fully parametric control. You can jumper the first channel to the second and get four bands if you want.

    5) The two bands on each channel are 20Hz-200Hz, and 200Hz-20KHz.

    Michael Hedges used to have four of these in his live rig to tame his acoustic feedback. R.I.P. Michael.

    From the back panel it appears there is a bypass footswitch you could rig up, but I never had it.

    You can tell from the pic that a little of the lettering on the word "equalizer" is scraped off, but it doesn't look horrible or anything. One thing about the box itself that I like is that the material is smooth matte, not rough matte. It feels nice and silky, not chalky. On the whole it looks fine and functions just as it should.

    I will try to take better pictures soon.

    Comes with power cord.

    $250 Shipped CONUS. Paypal is fine.

  2. Kevin Woods

    Kevin Woods Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    Danish blonde babes soldered every connection. For realz.
  3. Kevin Woods

    Kevin Woods Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    This is going over like a lead balloon.
  4. scowboy

    scowboy Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Sacramento area
    Nice. This is one of those things I'd do not need but want. Probably good my supply of glue is running low.
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  6. Kevin Woods

    Kevin Woods Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Chicago, USA
  7. Honch


    Sep 7, 2006
    I own one! Thought of selling it, but no no, I have discovered its hidden secrets by now, compared it to all others out there, so mine's a keeper!

    Will just help you with the sale:

    Here's the specs for anyone interested:

    Frequency Response: 10Hz - 100kHz ±1dB
    Dynamic Range: >116dB
    T.H.D: <0.015% 1kHz, 0dBm
    Jack input: unbalanced, 1M Ohm, max +16dBm
    Jack output: unbalanced, 50 Ohm, max 18dBm
    PPM: 1 LED overload metering
    Input gain: ±20dB
    EQ filters: Q=0.1 to 1 octave,
    Boost/cut: ±16dB,
    Sweep ranges 1: 20 - 2000Hz
    2: 200 - 20000Hz
    Power: 100/120/220/240V, 50/60Hz
    Physical: 19" standard rack mount x 1u
    Weight: 2.7kg (6lbs)

    Key Features:
    • Natural equalizing and pure sound: Nothing but the best and most durable components may be used. Minimum signal path assures a clean, transparent signal processor
    • High Speed: The 1220 has a high slew rate of 2 MHz. This drastically reduces intermodulation distortion and thereby eliminates hidden coloration of the sound
    • 2 Bands and preamp: A preamp is built in for boosting low level signals by up to 20dB. All filters have cut/boost of ±16dB and the centre frequency covers a 6.6 octave range providing the possibility for all bands to cover the important area between 200 to 2000Hz. The bandwidth for each of the 4 filters can be set from 0.1 octave to 1 octave to cope with the most demanding applications
    • High Ohm instrument inputs. Can be used for electric guitars recording directly into sound interfaces that doens't have high impedance instrument input.
    • One thing more. It just lasts and lasts, never had to spray the pots ever.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014 at 4:38 AM
  8. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    When I was playing regularly, I had a TC 1120 Parametric EQ and LOVED it!!! GLWTS ..it's my all time favorite EQ and one of the main reasons that I'm still a TC fan 25 years later

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