AudioScape 76a Compressor by Coldsnow
I’ve always wanted to try an 1176 revision a compressor, but not interested in paying the 5k an original goes for. I’ve not had the pleasure of using a vintage 1176 but have used and owned UA, Purple, Warm, and a revive modified Klark Teknik.
I can say that none have been as impressive as the Audio Scape 76a. Putting a vocal through it just makes it sound right. It has a sweetness to it that the others I’ve had do not have. Its build is very sturdy, has the Cinemag UTC 012 replica transformer, and hand made in the US. The Warm does not use this high end transformer in theirs.
This is currently my favorite piece of gear that would be the first thing I would replace. The price is too good to be true but it is, and it arrived 2 days after I ordered it.