christianrock wrote:So Clav, do you know this Mike guy that owns/operates Chicago StompWorks pedals? I've been rebuilding my pedal board (and playing and writing again in the process, yay). I'm looking at his stuff and it's unbelievably cheap for some exact copies of the best, most classic pedals evah, and all discrete/handwired to boot. And he'll even do dual pedals, I think he still does them, I'm thinking about a TS808 clone going into a RAT in the same box. I think it would be perfect.
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I had never heard of him before. I guy's he takes those diy clone boards and finishes them?
Anyway, it's all personal taste, but I have about five TS9 reissues and I run them in pairs; first one set to zero gain, second one set to max gain. The first is for a bit of boost and crunch, the second for distortion, then. It's for full lead srs bizness.
They can be had for $50.
Actually he does the opposite of what you are saying
he handwires these pedals with all discrete components and then sells them cheap in basically or totallly unfinished boxes. The totally unfinished boxes usually sell for $50.
I had a DOD FX50 (basically a DOD 250) and the Joyo OCD clone, but both crapped out recently (the DOD was in particularly bad shape...).
I think I want an OD going into a RAT but I'm going to get either their TS808 (faithful to the original design) or maybe their Bluesbreaker clone which is also based on the old big pedals. Having both OD and Distortion in the same pedal will be pretty sweet. Their RAT is based on the early chip that cleans up really well when you back off the volume.
To cover things for now I got a cheap 28 dollar Caline Orange Burst, a chinese copy of the Xotic BB Preamp. While it does sound good it's pretty noisy when using a power supply, which is common with these chinese pedals. I used to run my Joyo on batteries as well. Lowest grade components, that's why they're under 30 bucks... This pedal will probably become a backup, I won't sell it as it does its thing pretty well...
I also have an Ibanez TK999HT, the high gain distortion, and changed the tube after I got it with some NOS Phillips that had half the gain of the crappy chinese tube it came with. It runs 100V on the plate so it sounds pretty good I'd say. Now with the lower output tube it's more of a high gain overdrive rather than a distortion pedal, and that suits me better.
That plus my wah and a couple of delays and the great Joyo American sound that lets me go direct when I play live (and it also runs on a battery for noise control) and I'm set. I like my setup.
So, Tubescreamer or Bluesbreaker. Time to listen to more demos... which is the fun part of buying a pedal I'd say