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Best of ThorpyFX Pedals - Actually all 10 are Great!

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My first exposure to Thorpy - way back when, was the then monikered Muffroom Cloud Fuzz - a fantastic sounding and really versatile take on the original Triangle version EXH Big Muff Pi. At the time though I was slightly put off by the somewhat over-sized enclosure - which was both significantly longer and wider than my preferred compact enclosure size - so I campaigned hard to have Thorpy bring the box down in size somewhat. This did not look like it was going to happen - and I eventually ...

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An Introduction to the DanDrive Fuzz-Master-in-Chief

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Like many others I’m guessing, my first exposure to DanDrive Pedals was courtesy of Joey Landreth’s brief Secret Weapon Fuzz appearance on a relatively recent That Pedal Show Episode

 

I confess that I was not fully aware of Dan and his super high quality brand of Fuzz Pedals until that very moment - which is rare for such a Fuzz fan as me.

 

DanDrive Pedal Solution has actually only been established for a couple of years now - with the earliest official record being...

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Zvex's Future is Clear - with Limited Edition Transparent Lexan Enclosure Versions of its Classic Pedals

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I’m a touch late to the party with this feature - as it’s been quite a while since Zvex announced and sold out of the very first Fuzz Factory edition of this new limited-run line of pedals. They are pretty much identical in content, components and format to the original classic horizontal compact pedals - bar for the use of fully transparent / see-through Lexan enclosures. Lexan is actually a super hard plastic compound or version of Polycarbonate - a thermoplastic polymer - often ...

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3 Flavours of Cusack Music's Superb Screamer Fuzz - Fuzz Overdrive, FuzzDrive and Germanium

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This post is exactly inspired by Mike Hermans’ recent Comparison Demo video (below) which features these 3 self same pedals (almost!). I’ve always associated Cusack Music (sister brand to Mojo Hand FX) with its various tap-tempo ’Tap-A-...’ Pedals - Tap-A-Delay, Tap-A-Whirl, Tap-A-Fuzz etc.

 

While the range is comprised of some excellent utility pedals too - including several really cool diminutive mini Never-Off pedals. It was only back in March though that I ...

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On my first coming across the brand new Belle Starr Overdrive - or signature pedal for Drew Shirley of Switchfoot, I immediately noticed the same Tone and Body controls from the Prism Boost, Buffer, EQ, Overdrive and PreAmp Pedal. The description then mentions the natural-sounding and amp-like tones of the MOSFET circuit - which kind of confirms its Prism-related DNA to me.

 

I’ve had the Prism Boost pretty much from launch, and it’s my always-on warming and dynamics-...

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Spaceman Effects Expands Range with Unlimited Standard Edition Saturn VI Harmonic Booster and Low-Gain Overdrive

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It’s been an interesting few weeks of late - where we’ve seen JHS Pedals encroach on Spaceman territory by launching pricey teaser-campaign limited edition $400 pedals. While Spaceman Effects is now extending its reach into the mass-market with an always-available Standard Edition pedal available at the relatively low price of $179 (Compared to other Spaceman pedals).

 

The Standard Edition pedal is the former baseline unpainted steel enclosure, and has the lowest cost ...

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JAM Pedals' 5 Pedal Fuzztopia

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I’ve been aware of the Jannis Anastasakis led Greek boutique pedal builder JAM Pedals for a number of years now - initially through their superb analog Delay Llama pedals, but latterly because of their Retrovibe, Wahcko Wah, Waterfall Chorus and Rattler Rat pedals in particular.

 

In fact I so liked the Rattler that I have both the standard and ’+’ varieties - you can read about that in my Twisted Tale of 4 Rats article. My recent 28 Compact Big Muff pedals roundup also...

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TC Electronic Releases Improved and New Flashback 2 X4 Delay and Hall of Fame 2 X4 Reverb Workstations

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I’ve always been something of a fan of the TC Electronic Flashback series of delays and Hall of Fame series of reverbs, although I’ve not found use for either type yet in my chain - preferring instead flagship workshop pedals from other pedal builders - Boss, Empress, Eventide, Source Audio and Strymon to date.

 

At one stage I was considering adding a Compact Hall of Fame 2 Reverb as a secondary Reverb to the chain - but that was before I acquired the Eventide H9 and Empress...

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9 x Yellow Means OverDrive!

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I initially decided that I was going to do 3 articles derived from my ’Pedal Primary Colour Wheel’ feature - but I’ve ended up with a 4th bonus one which sits nicely here in the sequence. In reviewing the Yellow colourway - and although I identified different hues of that representing Amber/Mustard in terms of T-Rex’s Mudhoney, and the pale yellow of Diamond Pedals’ Compressor - the overwhelming preponderance of Yellow just happens to be Boss’s many Over ...

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9 of the Best Mad Professor Pedals

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I will start by reiterating once more how big a fan I am of Swedish circuit designer Björn Juhl / BJFE and his many associated brands - which use variations of his celebrated circuits - Mad Professor in Finland, Bearfoot FX in the USA and OneControl in Japan. I have several varieties from each of those brands - 15 or so all told, but my first connection with Björn was via Mad Professor.

 

Ironically the very first Mad Professor pedal I acquired was not derived from Björn ...

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