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British pedals?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:27 am
by Arpangel
Seem to be a bit rare, seems to be a lot US/Canadian "boutique" activity, also Japan, as usual, and a few in Europe, but off the top of my head, I can’t really think of any British stuff, apart from a couple of high-end bespoke outfits.

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Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:14 am
by Luke W
Origin Effects are the only ones that immediately spring to mind.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:32 am
by Music Wolf
There's Thorpy https://thorpyfx.com/

Anything UK built is going to be relatively expensive (or boutique as they like to put it) due to the labour cost.

Give me a decent multi fx unit any day.

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:38 am
by The Elf
Music Wolf wrote:There's Thorpy https://thorpyfx.com/
Really nice guy, too. He's worth a call before you make any pedal-related decision.

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:09 pm
by Arpangel
Music Wolf wrote:There's Thorpy https://thorpyfx.com/

Anything UK built is going to be relatively expensive (or boutique as they like to put it) due to the labour cost.

Give me a decent multi fx unit any day.

His stuff looks very interesting, I’m after a good overdrive/distortion, but I’m not having any luck, it’s getting one that progressively cranks things up, slowly, with a valve like tone, doing things quietly but the tone is like full on, it’s difficult.
I’m checking out the Thermionic Culture Vulture, but it’s not a pedal, it’s big, and it’s b****y expensive.

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:16 pm
by Music Wolf
Is this a distortion for guitar, or are you applying it to keyboards?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:35 pm
by Arpangel
Music Wolf wrote:Is this a distortion for guitar, or are you applying it to keyboards?

Mainly keyboards, but sometimes guitar.
I’m looking for a really dirty valve type distortion, but with control, just hovering on the edge, I’ve noticed a lot of pedals don’t have enough adjustment, they suddenly go wild and that’s that.

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:54 pm
by Luke W
Not sure whether I'd call it "valve" sounding, but my Moog MF Drive is a nice bit of kit, I find it does that middle ground really nicely. Although I've just had a quick look and I'm not sure they're making them now, so might be a search around second hand job.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:05 pm
by Arpangel
Luke W wrote:Not sure whether I'd call it "valve" sounding, but my Moog MF Drive is a nice bit of kit, I find it does that middle ground really nicely. Although I've just had a quick look and I'm not sure they're making them now, so might be a search around second hand job.

Yes, this is something I’ve been trying to sort out for ages, with no success, trying out things isn’t easy, with a keyboard, maybe a bit easier with a guitar.

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:42 pm
by SecretSam
Frederic prices seem OK, and they have a lot of fans

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:59 pm
by ef37a
Not really spam because I have no connection with them anymore,Blackstar Amplification make two ranges of pedals.
The first is the "HT" range so called because they use a 12AX7 valve run at a proper, hurty 300V supply. The "LT" range are designed to be close to the HTs but run from the conventional 9V battery or wall rat.

Yes, the pedals are made, very well, in the far east but the design is 100% home based guitar mad brains.

The HT range was reviewed in SOS a few years ago.

Dave.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:54 pm
by Arpangel
ef37a wrote:Not really spam because I have no connection with them anymore,Blackstar Amplification make two ranges of pedals.
The first is the "HT" range so called because they use a 12AX7 valve run at a proper, hurty 300V supply. The "LT" range are designed to be close to the HTs but run from the conventional 9V battery or wall rat.

Yes, the pedals are made, very well, in the far east but the design is 100% home based guitar mad brains.

The HT range was reviewed in SOS a few years ago.

Dave.

Thanks Dave, I’ll check this out.
I was happy at one point with my old and long gone Boss SE50, that had some great distortion and overdrive sounds, that were very controllable, very, very underrated unit in this respect.

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:29 pm
by Hewesy
Raygun FX based on Essex do a mix of mods and own line, I was going to send my Rat over but in the end I found in could sell it and get a Mooer Black Secret with change to scratch that itch when needed.

http://fuzzboxes.co.uk/

I've a Blackstar HT Drive, personally always found it a bit too much gain for me but it does work as a very nice valve preamp into an interface. I did fit a 12AT7 in mind which calmed it down (but Dave has rightly pointed out the various concerns on doing this in the past so change at caution).

Hewesy

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:58 pm
by thefruitfarmer
Arpangel wrote:
Music Wolf wrote:Is this a distortion for guitar, or are you applying it to keyboards?

Mainly keyboards, but sometimes guitar.
I’m looking for a really dirty valve type distortion, but with control, just hovering on the edge, I’ve noticed a lot of pedals don’t have enough adjustment, they suddenly go wild and that’s that.

Maybe use the pedal in parallel rather than series?

You could treat the keyboard as if it was a guitar and run in through an amp, might get you in the ballpark for a grungy synth lead sound?

Re: British pedals?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:24 pm
by al_diablo
Thorpy v well regarded, I can personally recommend the Frederic effects stuff, also Zander effects.

I think Hudson electronics are British too.