So I am torn…. My favorite guy in boutique effects is Analogman (followed by Barber Electronics). And he just rigged up a new pedal deal-io, based on some of his classic sounds. For those who aren’t as geeky as me, the pedal I’m describing is a Maxon OD9. Maxon is the company whom originally produced all of Ibanez’s classic effects, most notably the Tubescreamer TS9. Now Ibanez is making them somewhere else, and Maxon is making the same effects, but with different names. OD9 is their tubescreamer- only it has the original JRC chip that the modern TS9 is lacking. OH, and it is True Bypass from the start, no buffers.
Analogman has stated that there is alot of room in the OD9 circuit board and that other things could be done to it. After he fulfilled a special request to a customer, he came up with:
This pedal is a combination of the Tubescreamer with a vintage “Bad Bob Boost” installed IN IT! This gives you 2 effects in one. You can even specialize where you want the boost, before the overdrive circuit, or after. The difference is before it will boost the volume slightly, and give you more/hotter distortion. After it will just boost your signal as is, which is perfect for those of us who want what we have, just more of it. AND both sides are independent- you can have the overdrive, or the boost, or both. Wow, huh.
I figured this post fits well after my post on boosts. And I got GAS bigtime when I saw this. I do like my TS, and this would be cool. Even just to have these 2 effects in one is a good pedalboard saver.
What do you think- good idea, or just a clever marketing strategy? Is this a valid piece of gear? (I think we guys can give any piece of gear validity) Or is this just more boutique madness?