Vintage unit, quite noisy compressor allegedly used by funk/disco bands of the era (late 70es)..
This must be a very early one, word has it that Jimi Hendrix tried one of these boxes for its big muff-like forced sustain. It is one of the earliest electro harmonix effects.
It is powered by TWO 9v batteries and so much for it “being distortion free”, it is very hissy and noisy, and colours the tone. The compression is VERY apparent and squashed.
Transistors: FS36999, the same as early 70’s Big Muffs.
The tube version Black Finger is a much different, more reliable and usable item.
Was this the very first BBD delay?
Tabletop machine, self oscillating AND from past internet auctions and reviews it is apparent, nobody knows how to determine if theirs is in working order (😂), because it is very temperamental and does a lot of different things.. But when it behaves, it’s magic!
Echo, reverb and has a very weird chorus.
Amazing and beautiful, nothing like a tape echo or a memory man.. Far less predictable!
A delay with character.
How does it sounds? Not bad in my opinion.. And the presentation is quite lush.
The Hendrix family on the other hand.. Geez they never got it with their son being a genius. And now that they can remix his oeuvre in the most appalling way, they went for it.
I mean.. Has any of you listened to the reissued experience lps?
Awful out of focus fx added, messy sound image (changes at every other track on the Are You Experienced lp), poor original sources research, no whatsoever idea of whats goin on: they managed to DESTROY even a song as straight forward as Fire!
Idiotic panning solos? Yeah!
And before you can say ‘man’, they put out the jimi hendrix fragrances. Like the world needed them.
So all in all this is possibly the only instance of the hendrix genius almost given a proper name.