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By Baloney Balderdash
So as the tittle says, post pictures of those of your pedals that utilizes tubes, and eventual write a bit about them too, like how they work and how/why you personally like and utilize them.
At one point I owned whole 5 of the now unfortunately discontinued EHX series of big pedals equipped with 2 preamp tubes running at proper high 300V voltage, which included some truly great pedals, that went for really amazingly affordable prices compared to what you actually got for your money.
Tube pedals that utilizes tubes run at proper high voltage and doesn't starve the tubes will usually cost a fair deal more than what was the case with this series of pedals.
The 5 EHX tube pedals I owned was: the Black Finger optical compressor, the Tube Zipper envelope filter with build in fuzz, no less than 2 The Wiggler tremolo and vibrato, actual offering whole 4 different types of each of the 2 effects, and a LPB-2ube 2 channel/stereo tube preamp, on which you could bridge the two channels as well, and that way use it as a tube overdrive.
However I sold 3 of those and now only own the Black Finger and the Tube Zipper, though the envelope filter circuit in the Tube Zipper is faulty, so only the build in fuzz works, though a great fuzz, at least for guitar, not really all that well suited for bass, and especially great if followed by an EQ pedal of some sort, as it doesn't offer any form of control over the EQ, even if it is actually possible to control the tone of the fuzz to some degree if you mess with the envelope filter controls, despite it not really working as an actual envelope filter anymore.
The Tube Zipper honestly doesn't see much use though, even if, as said, the build in fuzz that still works actually sounds really great for guitar, but the Black Finger I am extremely happy I didn't sell and still own, since I use it for both my guitar setup and my bass setup as an always on pedal, last in the chain, just before my amp, and I have used it as a tube overdrive for my guitar as well previously, as it sort of doubles as both an actual compressor and/or a tube preamp and/or tube overdrive, since it is possible to basically dial the optical compression circuit completely out of the equation if wanted, and I guess the way I use it currently it actually have the function as much as my tube preamp stage as an actual compressor.
The Black Finger is quite probably my number one single most favorite and important pedal that I own, adjusted right it just improves the tone of everything running through it amazingly great, and I actually consider it as a quite essential part of both my basic bass and guitar tone, and wouldn't know what other pedal could possibly replace it satisfactory for me, so I seriously ponder on finding a used second one to keep as a spare, in the case that, God forbid it, something should happen to my current one beyond repair.
But at the moment my Black Finger does actually seem to work flawlessly with no momentarily acting up episodes or other apparent warning signs of potential troubles lurking around the corner of any kind in the near future, well, that is except for the 3 pots having developed some scratchiness, I strongly assume due to me having left the pedal sitting exposed on a quite dusty floor for quite a long period of time, and not because the pots in any possible way are actually worn out, and it doesn't even really expose any issue whatsoever as long as I am not actually in need of adjusting it's settings, and even then it is only a matter of wiggling the pots a bit back and forth to remove the scratch from the desired position of the pot when setting them, all in all actually making me quite confident that a couple of generous puffs of spray into the pots with a cleaning agent dedicated to cleaning electronic parts, followed up by, immediately afterwards, before the cleaning agent vaporizes, firmly wiggling the pots in full back and forth turns a couple of times will get rid of this minor annoyance of an issue entirely and completely, which I really ought to pull myself together to do sometime soon.
Really regret selling the LPB-2ube, as it was a truly great tube preamp and with the two channels bridged a great tube overdrive as well, even if it is a fairly basic tube preamp, without any form of control over the EQ, only offering an input sensitivity selector switch shared for the two channels, that can be set to either high or low sensitivity, and then respectively an input gain and output volume control for each of the two channels, a limitation, if one should feel it being such, that though easily could be made up for if needed to by placing some sort of equalizer after and/or before the pedal..
And I kind of would wish I had kept one of the 2 The Wiggler pedals I had as well, since it was capable of some great sounding tremolo and vibrato effects.
I wouldn't have mind getting my hands on the remaining 3 pedals of that series either, a tube version of the Hot Tubes pedal overdrive pedal, that featured an extended EQ control section compared to the original solid state version, the Eglish Muff''n, which is supposed to be a take of a Marshall-esque preamp/overdrive/distortion, and not least the Tube EQ, which is a fairly unique tube equalizer that also had the ability to double as a wah-esque frequency sweep filter by connecting an optional expression pedal.
Anyway here's a picture of my beloved and very precious EHX Black Finger tube driven optical compressor, that has the ability to double as a tube preamp/tube overdrive pedal as well (the controls might look fairly limiting, but in combination they actually offer a pretty wide variety of, actually substantial different and very useful, settings, the Pre Gain control, which is essentially is adjusting the input gain, beside having the option of being used for dialing in various degrees of tube coloration or even overdriving the input tube, sort of works like a threshold control for the compression, and the Compress control, as far as I understood it, sort of works as a combined threshold and compression rate control, but somewhat interacting with the Pre Gain control, and finally the 4 settings the combinations the 2, Lamp/Led optical compression circuit source selector, and Sqsh/Norm selector, switches offer controls various attack time and compression rate settings, as well as partially changes the EQ of the compression depending on the settings, as in how much compression is applied to which frequencies, the Post Gain control just adjusts the output volume, sort of functioning as a master volume) :
And I guess since the tubes actually plays a fairly big role in how this pedal works I should really mention which tubes that I uses, which happens to be the exact same kind it came with from stock, namely 2 EHX 12AX7EH ones.
Also here's a professional bass player that uses the EHX Black Finger primarily as his always on tube preamp stage (he mentions it briefly and demonstrates it shortly around the 04:37 to 05:44 time stamp of the video):
"all I nil" - work in progress bass/drums/vocals psychedelic progressive stoner rock/metal solo project, and something about my 5 string Ibanez Mikro Bass! (Now with some actual sound clips!!!)By Baloney Balderdash
Here is the Ibanez GSRM25 5 string Mikro that I mentioned in the "Show off you short scales" thread, where I posted a picture of and talked about my main 4 string Ibanez Mikro Bass:
It got a poplar body and a maple neck with a jatoba fretboard, and I also did some visual mods on it, among other added a silver lotus flower decal with an OM sign in the middle and painted the pickup covers grey, the 2 stock J pickups I wired in series directly to the output jack socket, bypassing the pots, which means that the knobs and the switch are just there for the sake of being decorative.
To be honest, in my opinion, as the pickups were wired from stock they sounded like crap, no matter how I adjusted them, they sounded like a caricature of the famous Jazz Bass burp, a really over emphasized burp there was no way of getting rid of, on top of them just sounding somewhat underwhelming and anemic, except, as I found out by wiring the pickups in series, which not only got rid of the ludicrous bad sounding burping sound entirely, but actually also made them capable of a genuine great full sounding tone overall.
Otherwise this bass was perfect from factory, and I mean absolutely perfect, just to mention one example I would be able to get ridiculously low action if I wanted to without any fret buzz whatsoever, the frets are just dead on perfectly leveled.
On the particular picture above it was actually strung with the 5 lightest strings of a 6 string D'Addario set, gauge .100 to .032, but I later put on the Ernie Ball set meant for Bass VI type instruments, using the 5 lowest strings, gauge .090 to .030, and tuned it F# to D, as in F# standard tuning, 2 half steps above regular 4 string bass E standard tuning, threading the strings through the cut off ball ends of some old bass strings I had, to be able to fit it on the bass's bridge, since those Ernie Ball strings have guitar sized ball ends.
I intend to use it as the main instrument for some songs in the making for a sort of progressive psychedelic stoner rock/metal solo project I am working on called "all I nil", which is supposed to have the fundamental, primary, instrumentation consist of just bass, programmed and physically recorded drums and various percussion, as well as vocals, though a much more sparingly use of additional instrumentation, like for instance programmed or physically recorded organ/synth, piano, electric or acoustic guitar, cello, flute, glockenspiel/bells, as well as eventual more ambience based effects, will be added for certain parts of the songs, restricted to fill out a, in no way dominating, fundamental or essential, more flavor oriented, secondary function.
I am still working on my setup/rig for this thing, but one thing that is certain is that an octave up effect will be added to my bass signal, sometimes with separate effects used respectively for the octave up signal and the regular bass signal, sort of giving an effect similar to a 10 string octave bass with pairs of bass and octave strings, just with the advantage I get from doing it this way of being able to process the bass and octave up signal separately.
For this I am using a TC Electronic Sub 'n' Up Mini, which seems to actually work really well for this, as good as flawless and super fast tracking, and in my opinion being capable of sounding more natural/realistic than for instance the EHX POG pedals, which tend to have a slight somewhat organ or synth like quality to the octave up signal.
Pitching your signal up a whole octave is always going to sound somewhat artificial though, no matter how well it is processed, but it has actually still worked surprisingly well and sounded reasonable naturally in my preliminary test runs of this idea, and adds a lot of extra sonic space and flavor, exactly as will be needed for this project, where my bass is going to be the main, and most of the time only, instrument that carries the melodic content of the tracks (well beside the vocals of course).
Other than that heavy thick distortion with fuzz like qualities mixed with a bit of clean signal, and secondarily chorus, flanger and phaser, will see a lot of use for this project.
Just in the process of figuring out which kind of setup will give me the best results for what I have in mind currently, and so far only got fair deal of the basic bass parts down so far (I believe I more or less got the bass parts and final form for 4 to 5 tracks at the moment), then when I got my setup perfected the actual recordings can start, then the programming of the drum/percussion parts and eventual additional flavor instruments comes, and eventually writing the lyrics and getting the vocals laid down.
All in all I think at least another 6 months, very likely even more, before I got an EP, or less likely a full length album, ready for release on Bandcamp and various online digital music streaming services and shops, perhaps even a self released physical version, but we'll see about that when it eventually that time comes.
Here's a short sound sample of a preliminary distortion tone, using some riffs I have been working on for this project (notice that if you are not logged into Dropbox a box might pop up when you click the link, encouraging you to sign up, blocking for the audio player, in that case you just click somewhere outside that box and it will disappear, making the audio player accessible):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8m02vfjf7dv5ojx/all I nil - New Distortion Sample.mp3?dl=0
And here's a couple of older very rough takes of 2 songs in the making, respectively with the working titles "3rd Eye of Hypnos" and "In Orbit", playing both of them in a bit faster tempo than was is really intended ("3rd Eye of Hypnos" since this recording having had a much melodically expanded variation of the intro and outro riff added) :
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3u06k5cct75coi9/all I nil - 3rd Eye of Hypnos.mp3?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7f5wbstq5wh318w/all I nil - In Orbit (Take 2 F%23).mp3?dl=0
Please note that the above linked to recordings are fairly old, recorded directly and not with a miked up amp or any form of amp emulator added or other post production done to them, as well as this was a preliminary temporary setup, and as a result the tone/sound of these recordings are admittedly pretty crappy, and pretty seriously far from how it is actually eventually going to sound after I have managed to find just the right pedals for the effects I intend to utilize, just the right setup for these, recorded with a properly miked up amp, and having been edited, mixed and mastered properly, it is not even remotely close to how it eventually is going to sound live either, as it, already at this point, where I haven't actually found just the right setup that I am 100% satisfied with, sounds way way better than these recordings, but thought those crappy sound snips might still be able to give you at least some idea of what I am heading at with this project.
Selling my Blackstar BEAM practice combo in excellent like new condition. Great practice unit for home use, decent Bluetooth music player too used sparingly.
The unit is designed for bass, electric and acoustic guitars. It comes with two bass specific effects on board, envelope and distortion.
it is also a fully functional audio interface.
Only selling as I replaced with an Ashdown unit.
unit is like new, £125 includes delivery.
Are you looking for a cool vintage looking Precision, with a great sound and a reasonable price??
here it is...
Directly from the early eighties... Fernandes Precision copy..
bass is original.. except for recently passive wiring with Cts pot and new jack
the bass is in great shape and sounds really good, seems to play a Squier JV from same years.
neck is stable and action is good.
original vintage reverse tuners and bridge
the bass was played a lot and is a little relics
I'm from Italy and i can ship ( we can negotiate the shippings)
sorry but no trades!!