I just rebuilt a friends tone bender mkii i gave him almost 2 years ago. Realised component values were all over the place, my mistakes, crossing oc81d and oc75 schems it seems.. ah beer days..
Now sober as a court jury, i wrote it all down. I made some sort of magic there, the pedal is one of the most powerful mkii i ever made, most likely due to my errors.
The original had carbon comps/ carbon film resistors and dubilier, philips electros, wima caps. This has wima, roe caps and carbon film/metal film resistors but still sounds amazing.
Since he gigs a lot, i had a mission to build it like the proverbial tank.. and to shuffle the controls a bit: he wanted to have the q3 bias out in lieu of the attack pot, that he uses maxed all the time (it now sits inside as a trimmer).
I messed up the decal a bit, hope he wont mind…
Thats the name of the Tone Bender mkii i made for my swedish brother Luca Isabelle, of Cowboy Prostitutes fame.
Loaded with rare Valvo Ocs.
Bought these trannies more than one year ago. Finally got around to build it. Sounding GREAT. Very violin like tails, good smooth fuzz.
Thanks Dr. Nomis @ freestompboxes for keeping an open mind over these new dsi transistors.. and helping me with my build!
Audio clip (pedal engaged set at low volume, mind you..still plenty volume on tap!):
And the finished pedal, boxed
Yet another Tone Bender mkii build.. this time using sssSSHUGE caps!
That big mustard…well i didnt have any other to put in there!
This was tweaked for more lows.
Lets see and hear how this turns out.
Trannies: either DSI OC45 (these are new) or vintage, old as hell OC76s.
Finally! I have been waiting ages for those big brown caps to get here. Lotsa mojo working there.. They deliver warm mids to the fuzz.
I will fine tune this build on wednesday with my little vox ac4tv tube amp and then decide the value of that biasing trimmer.
Oc75s courtesy of one of my two favourite transistor sellers.