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Re: D*A*M/Sola Sound Tone Bender MKIV

Post by fendersilver » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:14 am

What a cool new trippy project number 5 by D*A*M/Sola Sound. Can you dig it, man!? :trippn:

Combination of NOS NKT OC84N's and New Market OC4N's! Hot dog, leapfrog, and holy cow!!

Hats, shoes, & gloves off to the fine folks for putting this all together to make it happen!!!

Right on toThe Captain for making of selection and set-up, thumbs up to Mr. Castledine's
replica circuit boards, and the righteous work of Miss Haynes in the construction process,
and to the radical colour scheme courtesy of Anthony, and to Electric Warrior for the primo
handy work with graphics.

These five deserve a "high 5" in the culmination of D*A*M/Sola Sound Tone Bender MKIV.
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Post by kurge71 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:36 am

Gorgeous. Email in
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Re: D*A*M/Sola Sound Tone Bender MKIV

Post by Lee » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:25 pm

Email sent Something New Something Awesome Can't Wait :tu:
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Re: D*A*M/Sola Sound Tone Bender MKIV

Post by Fuzzz » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:43 pm

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Man alive! Cool new product number 5 :party:

Needless to say this point was going to come. Been making these Sola Sound Tone Benders for a good wee while now so only a matter of time before we get acquainted with the more technologically advanced of the family.
The origins. Tone Bender MKIII, Tone Bender MKIV. Same party different frock. Aside from the obvious differences in the enclosure type of these pedals any true solid definition of which is what in regards to circuit type is and will always be a little bit of an ambiguous subject. The way I always made sense of it in my head was in regards to the biasing. The early MKIII's were choppy, heavy, clumsy, a fuzzy lump hammer. The later MKIV's were smooth, dynamic, articulate, a distorted boxing glove. In between, you have a foggy transitional period. Even with the those definitions in place it never always runs true.

This here is a Tone Bender MKIV, because it says so on the tin.

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Bias strings and amplitude. These psychedelic horrors are constructed with the 680k/100k bias network. This arrangement along with the careful selection of NOS NKT OC84N's offer your auditory processors with a rather delightful fuzz tone that is yet very much a fuzz box but with a good deal of liquidity and movement in its tonal repertoire. In other words it's not static in its dynamics or overly clumpy. This effector will handle overdriven tube amplifiers spectacularly well and has a very low noise floor even a high volume levels. The theme of function that I wanted for this project can be summed up as, flexible vintage. To accomplish this I have made two teeny tiny circuit modifications. Firstly, the tone controls treble cap was slightly increased in value to give the brighter side of the tone control a hair more volume thus making the full span of the tone control useful and capable of matching unity with the bypassed tone. Secondly, and a continuation of the above theme, the limiting resistor was slightly lowered in value enabling the MKIV of boosting volume rather than struggling to match the output of slightly hot humbucking pick-up. Subtle alterations that, to me at least, make the pedal a hair more flexible in a modern scenario.

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Blast proof simplicity. The layout and construction style is basically lifted right outta the past. It ain't broke, don't fix it. The replica circuit boards are courtesy of the magical mind of Mr. Castledine. Modern materials but with the old school layout. The familiar use of quality components along with the addition of UK manufactured high tolerance metal film resistors, these just add a subtle tuck and lift and make things a little easier for me in the transistor selection stage. As previously mentioned, we are using the old school New Market OC4N's in these. A superb quality British made component that seems to be made just for the job. Just the right amounts of everything to make a killer fuzz box.

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Cool new project number 5 but cool new project number 2 for Miss Haynes, Same deal as with the Fuzz Box. Transistor selection and set-up is all done by myself, the whole construction process is all down to Linz. The radical colour scheme is curiosity of Anthony Macari. It is actually a turquoise paint scheme with red and yellow screen print, which is kinda hard to photograph in a true sense. A true psychedelic visual assault that matches perfectly the psychedelic tones held within. As always a huge thanks to Electric Warrior and his vintage eyeballs for the handy work with the graphics.
I am really super excited about this particular Tone Bender. The colour scheme, the tactile nature of the enclosure and the flexibility and variations of sound it can produce make it a pretty radical fuzz box. Tone Benders, gotta love that shit. :tu:

Oh, and lastly. If you ain't used a MKIV type before. The fuzz control works in reverse, full fuzz, full left. Also note the input and output sockets are again reversed also. Trippy.

There are 50 pieces in this first batch. The story is the same with pricing info and acquiring said pedal should you be interested in said fuzziness. You need to contact the lovely people at Macari's.

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

We have no sounds as yet but I'll have it sorted.

Dig it...

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That is freaking awesome!!! :freakout: :badlove: I so wish I could grab one of these but really can't do it at the moment!! :bangs head:

Here's hoping I get in on the next batch..

Congrats to all the dudes that are getting one! :cheers: Looking forward to hearing the demos! :party:
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Post by kb892 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:15 pm

fuckity fucking holy mother of the holiest of holies! Nice work guys! Been waiting for this one since y'all first announced the D*A*M/Macari collaboration. What a weekend to be out of internet range :party: looks like some big bad 70's rock tones be on the menu for some happy fuzz freaks!
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Post by Funky Druid » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:23 am

Captain, new D*A*M/SS MKIV's sounds similar to D*A*M FS-75 MKIV's? :hmm:
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Re: D*A*M/Sola Sound Tone Bender MKIV

Post by Funky Druid » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:25 am

fendersilver wrote:Combination of NOS NKT OC84N's and New Market OC4N's! Hot dog, leapfrog, and holy cow!!

I think that "OC4N's" is just typo :) :hihi:
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Post by get_with_it » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:51 am

looks like Ive got a busy morning ahead :)

as always - huge thanks to Dave & Linzi

hope I havent upset EW too much with my non original colour scheme :)

I'm loving this pedal

was hoping to have one or two for stock but it looks like you guys are going to clean me out as usual - hot damn !!!!! :headbanger:
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Post by Funky Druid » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:54 am

Any info about pricing, Ant?
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Post by kelvinator60 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:35 am

Hot damn indeed, hope my email came through, it kicked back the first time. Strange.

I love the color, no worries about "non original" here.
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