NeXT multieffect restoration

Around 1990, everybody was going crazy for multieffects, Zoom had imposed its name by means of their compact, digital multifx units. Portable, capable of dozens of effects, they basically sent the old, big, clunky and hissy analog pedals home… Apart from Boss’ obviously, ahaha.
I was 16 at the time: I was already busy with some bands, or some musical project of some kind.. I did not want one of those units but i was desperately looking for a dead cheap delay to explore the Barrett side of money usually went to records but i popped at the local music store and the guy there asked me if i could be interested in a multi effect unit.. For cheap.
He snapped out this monster. A four pedals unit, with internal battery to store four combinations of pedals to recall by button: “programmable”. It must have been the first time i read “analog” on a pedal (on the analog delay). I always thought there was a battered old tape reel inside ahaha.
It was hissy, pots were scratchy and in general it was primitive but it did its job, and i also had effects i would never even think about owning there for the playing.
This multi fx has followed me everywhere since. Used it on vocals, guitar, bass, keys, you name it.
In around 2000 i stopped using it, i had much better pedals and gizmos to use.. The day before yesterday i took it out and gave it a good servicing. Also, for the first time i really took a look at whats inside.. SURPRISE!
Inside every pedal there was a nos, 9v battery, still in its plastic. Ah the japanese! I did not know i could use the pedals by themselves (well.. Not until recently ahaha), least of all they could be powered by internal battery! Yes, thats how thick i am.
Ok, some pics: the batteries leaked over time, so i had to give it a good clean to the enclosures.. With wine vinegar..
Needless to say, every effect works GREAT.







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