I bought it ages ago cos it was dead cheap.
If you’re even remotely into mid to late 70es italian poliziotteschi soudtracks, this is the string synth for you.
It is a big (in size) synth.
When i bought it it looked like this
I decided to restore it to its original colour (or as close as i could…)
After 5 months of great fun, I had to open it up because the output went silent.
Gutshots of the Hohner Basset!
Lets start with the DIN jack that connects it to the bass amp..
Inside the white enclosure there’s a lamp and a ldr.. this assembly is the actual “percussion” section.
You press a note on the keyboard, the light goes off slowly (sustain) according to the knob position, when not in auto mode.
Ahem this means the caps have been doing their job for 50 long years! Only one of the capacitors has failed, please note- the blue valvo 100uF cap now measures 1uF!
Video showing the lamp going off when a note is keyed.
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.
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.
After a while of non-activities, i took the wah projects by the balls and finished them successfully.
Inductors: one is a Stack o Dimes, the other is called a Hasel inductor, both handmade by the nice guys at ARTeffects in Israel.
Caps: i found an ancient italian preamp with the right caps type and values at a car boot sale, they’re the surf green ones you see on the stack o dimes build. I swapped the cheap greenies you see pictured on the other build with some tropical fish ones, just for mojo sake.
The two wahs do sound different.
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