D*A*M/Colorsound 'Fuzz' AKA The Cheap Arse V2

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D*A*M/Colorsound 'Fuzz' AKA The Cheap Arse V2

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[slowly making catch-up archiving the shit we have made over the past few years. This is purely to document occurrences, so the said product in the pictured colour scheme may no longer be available - but, it never hurts to drop Macari's a few words of enquiry.
FYI - At the time of writing (08-01-2022) I do believe said product is still available in limited numbers with a red screen print on yellow paint, and in also a yellow screen print on red paint, AKA the Acid Santa]

"It's almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Be in front of your TV sets for the Horrorthon, followed by the Big Giveaway. Don't miss it. And don't forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It's almost time." Cool new project 15. The thing that should not be, part II. The Colorsound "Fuzz", AKA the Cheap Arse V2, AKA the Supa Jumbo Tone Bender Deluxe!?

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It goes like this - The Colorsound Bat Soup project was the recreation of something of that should have been, a pre-existing idea that lay dormant then dragged into sunlight. The Colorosund Fuzz is the same concept; the four gain stage silicon fuzz circuit, but with a more intensive overhaul. In a nutshell, it's how I would approach the designing of the Supa Tone Bender* circuit with a blank canvas.
The project overview is simply the version 2 of the Cheap Arse Bum Fuzz Unit, the entry level D*A*M built Sola Sound product, the gateway drug if you will. The connection ends there, there is no sonic or visual attachment to the V1 Cheap Arse version, this is a new product through and through.

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Tonally speaking, the most notable addition is the increased gain level along with the refinement of the Tone control sweep. The lows have a healthier mid-range presence without excessive muddying or loss of clarity, the highs are sharp and bright without an overly brittle or weak timbre. The Fuzz control sweep is equally balanced ranging from mild dusky overdrive to full-blown heavy-duty saturation. The overall output is fairly ample giving it means to excel with higher output pick-up types, bass instruments and guitars with low-pitched alternative tunings. A simple summary being - I've done what I think to be an improvement on this circuit type, to each his own, horses for courses...buy the ticket, take the ride. Also, if you dig early 70's Hawkwind - buy this shit.
The circuit construction is built around four low noise gain selected BC549C silicon devices offering both stability and excellent audio performance. This V2 incarnation also sports an active status LED and an external battery eliminator.

Huge thanks to Electric Warrior for the most exceptional execution of the graphics. A modern day take on a classic design is no easy task, but in this he has truly excelled. Bravo, sir.

There are 50 pieces of each colour scheme (numbered #002 - #051) with all units being assembled by Daniel Lee Tunstill. All set-up procedures, transistor selection, final testing and inspection are carried out by myself.

*It's just a Big Muff tho!

No. No, it's not. Yes, the Jumbo and the Supa Tone Bender are the Colorsound take on that circuit type, but the all important ingredient; or lack thereof, is the missing diode/capacitor clipping network. The Big Muff Pi has two of said things, the Jumbo and the Supa only have one. It could have purely been a means to save a few quid on Colorsound's part, but it does give both those circuit types, and this new creation, a differing flavour to that of a Big Muff Pi. Most notably the distortion tone is a little more open and less compressed, not so crispy on the highs with a tad more air around the notes. Same same, but different.

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I want! What do? Same dealio as always here with these products. You'll need to contact Macari's if you are interested in acquiring and/or wish to find out pricing and shipping information.

Do so here:

http://www.macaris.co.uk/

Mo' Pr0n....

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...there were also 5 in OG mode, no LED or DC tap.

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Re: D*A*M/Colorsound 'Fuzz' AKA The Cheap Arse V2

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The Captain wrote: Sat Jan 08, 2022 2:18 pm
Huge thanks to Electric Warrior for the most exceptional execution of the graphics. A modern day take on a classic design is no easy task, but in this he has truly excelled. Bravo, sir.
Thanks, but I have to say the main part is an amazing new Alan Murray design. I just added the usual labels and funky pointers :oldgrin:
Everything is transitional.
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Electric Warrior wrote: Sat Jan 08, 2022 2:26 pm ...I just added the usual labels and funky pointers :oldgrin:
Ah, right right. Team work for the win! :tu:
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Captain Fantastic at it again. These were sick AF. Nice jorb team awesome :party:
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Got one just before Christmas. Absolutely love it , might just be my favourite fuzz
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Very nice.
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