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Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« Reply #165 on: November 03, 2020, 10:19:04 PM »
My pedal collection keeps growing. Still haven't gotten a volume pedal yet. Haven't completely decided on which one I'll get. The Ernie Ball ones are pretty popular with people, but I'm starting to wonder if one of these pot-less optical type volume pedals like the Morley ones might be a better and less noisy option.

And speaking of noise... Been having a problem with noise out of this amp with higher gain settings. Anything past about 60% on the gain knob and you get this horrible "sshhhhhh" snow sound like when you'd unplug the cable from a tube TV. I tried out a Boss NS2 noise suppressor on it right after I got it (June 2019), but wasn't really impressed with the results. And since I'm going to be using an assload of pedals, it occured to me that I'm gonna need to get a line driver/boost pedal at some point to combat the "tone suck" on some of these pedals that aren't completely true-bypass. Apparently these old MXR noise gates do the job of a boost buffer. They don't make a pedal like these anymore for some reason. They have a couple of 1-knob noise suppressing pedals, but none that also act as a line driver. It's supposedly from the early 80's, but I don't really know, it could be 70's. Paid 99 for it, 120 with tax & shipping. Says it has the original box too. Looks to be in decent shape. :thumbsup: Has some odd ring around the knob like a grease spot. Hopefully it comes off. I guess these are one of the few "vintage" pedals that hasn't caught on enough to make prices ridiculous. Hopefully it works out for me.



I've also been seeing several old 70's Thomas Organ Cry Baby wahs with the old TDK inductors for about 120 bucks. Might end up getting one of those one day too. Should be FAR easier to find replacement pots for them than for my old US-made Vox wah with it's weird long shaft 100k pot.

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Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« Reply #166 on: November 05, 2020, 01:49:22 PM »
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Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« Reply #167 on: November 05, 2020, 02:52:12 PM »
One thing I notice there in their side-by-side comparison of riffs is that their sound seems to be using a noise suppressor that's chopping off the very early pick attack of each note. Back then, amps weren't the massively distorted type that they make now like the Peavey 6505's, Marshall DSL's, or any other "high gain" amp. Back then, amps probably weren't as hissy as the modern high gain ones, and nobody really needed any suppression as much. To achieve that scream-y heavily distorted sound, everybody tended to use a Rangemaster treble booster. You go back and listen to Duane Allman's lead sounds from the Fillmore East album he's getting from his early 50-watt Marshall head which was either a Marshall Super Bass or a Marshall plexi. Those amps on their own didn't have the power to achieve those tones, but with a Rangemaster goosing the input gain, it gave it the extra boost to get the distortion right. That's part of the problem you get using high gain amps NOW to try to recreate those tones. All the gain is being generated in the tube stages of the preamp itself, and it makes the tone "looser" sounding.

That's why pretty soon I'm gonna look into getting some type of Rangemaster clone myself.

Everyone on the gear forums seem to recommend the AnalogMan Beano Boost pedals. I think the AnalogMan site even has a video of Steve Hackett of Genesis using one live on the order page for the pedal. I've seen a couple of used ones online, and the used ones seem to be priced just as high if not HIGHER than the brand new ones straight from AnalogMan. ::)

Several others make supposed "clones".

Daredevil pedals makes one called the Silver Solo but it uses a different type of transistor and doesn't get quite the same frequency range as the original Rangemasters.

Catalinbread has the Naga Viper pedal, which is a 3 knob thing, and is basically a supercharged version of a remade Rangemaster.

There's a pedal maker right here in Athens GA called Greer Amps that makes two pedals. Ones called the Pork N Beans, which is basically an Analogman Beano Boost copy, with one knob and a 2-way toggle switch, just like a Beano Boost. They also make the Moonshot pedal, which is basically the same thing but with 2 knobs, and the 2nd knob tweaks the range in increments rather than just a 2-way high or low setting. Probably gonna get one of those.

But I'm also considering one of these look-alikes from British Pedal. Probably not... I think I'd rather have a pedal I can easily tap on and off.

http://britishpedalcompany.com/product/dallas-rangemaster/
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Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« Reply #168 on: November 13, 2020, 01:47:33 AM »


Dunno what that oily ring was around the knob. When it came it looked clean. VERY clean. Surprisingly clean for how obviously old it is. No scratches or dings at all, looks almost brand new. The letters on it look like they were just painted on this year. This suckers pretty much collector quality.

Does a decent job of noise gating. I keep it turned down just a hair lower than what the knob is showing in the picture so it doesn't cut off any of the attack and the sustain trails of notes, but still kills all the amp buzzing. No more annoying background wooshing is heard during pauses with the flanger through the dirty channel with the gain cranked. Can't really tell how well it "drives" the line if at all. I don't hear anything I "don't" like with the pedal, so that's good enough I guess.

I tried out a Boss NS2 noise suppressor on it right after I got it (June 2019), but wasn't really impressed with the results.

Does maybe a little better job of noise control than the Boss did. And it's dick-simple to use, just one knob, set it and forget it. Love this thing. She's a keeper! No 9v input though, so I'm probably gonna have to custom fab a new rear plate with a hole in it for adding a 9v battery adapter.

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Interesting video about SRV's pedals.


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Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« Reply #169 on: November 15, 2020, 11:19:53 PM »
GOIN' DOWN! DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN! :righteous:

The Walmart of guitar stores, which devoured all the best local mom and pop guitar stores from my childhood in the Atlanta metro area, might be crashing and burning... for REAL this time.
 

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I'm kinda hoping they just downsize and re-organize from there. I'd hate to see the Atlanta Guitar Center go. The ones elsewhere can close, but that ones been there since I was a kid. While I'm a little annoyed that Guitar Center expanded so much when they bought out everyone like Mars Music and killed off all the small local shops, the Atlanta store in particular was kinda always there and on it's own it never really hurt the smaller mom-n-pop shops in the suburbs.

I really don't want to have to rely on Sam Ash as the "big" music store. Their website is fucking AWFUL. It's so ridiculously slow, and it's impossible to hunt for used shit nationwide through it. And these days, the "small" shops that keep popping up tend to be these stupid "boutique" style stores that cater to the lawyers who are guitar hobbyists, with assloads of 2grand guitars and shit that regular musicians can't typically afford.
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« Reply #170 on: November 19, 2020, 11:46:39 AM »
Lida Machine by Yellowcake pedals.

They recently got some of these little weirdos in at the independent NON-GUITAR CENTER music shop not far from me. Almost Moog synth inspired, I guess. It's... it doesn't really have an official name for WHAT it is. It's basically two modulated resonant filters strung together in series. So it's not a phaser, it's not a flanger or chorus, it's not really a rotating speaker simulator or a univibe (although apparently you can tweak it to sort-of mimic one in some ways). Anyway, sounds pretty interesting. Might have to pick one of these up. They're asking $239.99 for one.


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« Reply #171 on: November 20, 2020, 10:58:05 PM »
There's a pedal maker right here in Athens GA called Greer Amps that makes two pedals. ... They also make the Moonshot pedal, which is basically the same thing but with 2 knobs, and the 2nd knob tweaks the range in increments rather than just a 2-way high or low setting. Probably gonna get one of those.

And I did. Just ordered one. From what research I've done about "treble booster" pedals, the original Rangemasters used germanium transistors, and the most authentic modern versions of Rangemaster clones (Analogman Beano Boost, Fulltone Ranger, etc) tend to use the ac128 germanium transistor like this pedal does. Ones like the Daredevil Silver Solo and the Catalinbread Naga Viper substitute a different silicon transistor and feature a different overall but "tighter" character to them because of it.

Hopefully this thing gets along with my amp well and does what I hope it will. I already have an Ibanez Turbo Tubescreamer, and the 4 different "modes" of that pedal ramp the output gain of the pedal up in steps, but as you increase the output, it also boosts the bass considerably to the point where it is completely unusable with my amp which is already lacking treble. So hopefully this Greer Moonshot actually will boost the gain while also boosting the upper frequencies in a pleasant way.


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