It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of both Chase Bliss Audio and Spaceman Effects pedals (currently having 6 pedals from each of those genius pedal-makers), as well as being a huge Fuzz fan. I’ve long desired the discontinued Gemini III Dual Fuzz Generator for a while now, but they are very rarely seen on Reverb.com and when they do appear are typically around the £1000+ mark which is highly prohibitive - considering I would then have to pay delivery, customs and import charges etc. on top of that.
I have and love the Chase Bliss Audio Brothers Analog Gain Stage since that came out, and pretty much use it exclusively as a Fuzz pedal - blending the different voicings together into a number of preferred fuzz flavours. The two all-time classic varieties of Fuzz happen to be Germanium transistor for rich harmonics, and Silicon transistor for bite and grit. These are of course superbly combined in Zak Martin’s 2011 Gemini III pedal - but there’s really no getting that pedal for most as already mentioned.
Joel’s original Brothers pedal has JFET and Integrated Circuit sides to it. I feel that this format of pedal would be perfect as a Germanium | Silicon Fuzz Blender - in a similar but improved way compared to the Gemini III. The three-way voicing selector could be a similar intensity selector like on the Gemini or could combine 2 or more transistors to ramp up saturation and attack, or it could be simply Boost, Drive and Fuzz voicings like on the original Brothers.
I’ve been on the lookout for a Fuzz Pedal which blends Germanium and Silicon together in different proportions. The only one that does this fully properly is the Spaceman Gemini III, while the VFE Fuzz Duo has a not too dissimilar mechanic - albeit without that ability to finely adjust the mix.
I feel that there are a number of fuzz fans out there who would love to get their hands on a Brothers style pedal with Germanium and Silicon transistor circuits in place of JFET and IC!
These are both great pedals and well worth having - one is considerably trickier to get hold of than the other!