Obeid has been hard at work, his latest creation being the Reason Reato. The Reato is the first single channel amplifier from Reason. It is truly a unique amplifier that uses the 6AQ5 power pentode, the same tube used in the 8 watt Bambino. Obeid has pushed these miniature bottles in a fixed bias A/B configuration to 20 watts! The Reato includes a new 20 watts fixed bias A/B setting, and the original 8 watt/2watt cathode biased class A settings of the Bambino. This gives the Reato a reach into the club range of power, where the Bambino at 8 watts might have been a little spry.
One of the other cool new features of the Reato is the vibrato circuit. It is essentially the Fender “white” bandmaster phase shifting harmonic tremolo with a few twists added in. The signal drive and clip characteristics left much to be desired with the original circuit, in other words it lacked headroom in it’s original placement. Obeid developed the preamp with a different approach, with the vibrato stages earlier in the amp’s gain structure and came up with truly a unique sound. The Reato now pushes clean to clip wonderfully and maintains high headroom for all the pedal boosts in front of it. Tone controls are unique as well with a bass filter 6 position rotary switch to trim the bass for the guitar/volume/sound you want, and a treble control that can cover warm jazz, smooth glassy blues clean sounds, and has a midrange boost at the very end of it’s range that pushes the amp into rock territory.