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The Clone Wars – Carling Footswitch verses the Copy

Carling 641 Footswitch

All Effectrode pedals utilise Carling footswitches. I settled on these footswitches after evaluating every different type I could possibly lay my hands on – be assured no stone was left unturned. In my opinion they have a nice smooth, yet positive switching action and they’re also extremely reliable – to my memory we’ve only had a two or three fail since we began using them in 2005. The manufacturer datasheet … Read More →

Binson Echorec Rebuild

Binson Echorec Lid

“Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s finest Binson. The ‘Echorec 2′ will be that Binson. Better than it was before. Better…quieter…and finished in beautiful gold candy paintwork.” Pictured above is a one of 12 pieces of Echorec chassis metalwork that have recently been powdercoated by a local company in metallic silver and then coated with a second layer of … Read More →

The Story Behind the Tube Drive

Tube Drive Overdrive Pedal

If your looking for warm, musical bluesy overdrive then you owe it to yourself to check out the Tube Drive pedal. Over a decade of research and development work went into this delicious all tube overdrive and no expense was spared in it’s design and construction. There’s even an entire tube devoted towards it’s innovative active tonestack. You can read the fascinating (and fascinating it is) story behind this pedal … Read More →

Authentic Davies Dakaware, Chicago 1510 Knobs

davies_1510_knob

All Effectrode PC-2A Tube Compressor and Blackbird pedals are now fitted with genuine Davies Moulding U.S.A. knobs (pictured on the right). This is a completely bespoke knob custom manufactured especially for Effectrode using the original Chicago, Dakaware 1510 knob moulds from the 1940s. Unlike the Taiwanese copy (pictured on the left) which is made from plastic and prone to cracking, this knob is made from solid phenolic resin. It’s much … Read More →

Mullard Electricity Substation

Mullard Blackburn Electricity Substation

I continued to make my way around the Mullard Blackburn Works site boundary along Whitebirk Drive (A6119). I walked past a tired looking Blackburn Council street sign announcing ‘Stand Out in Darwen – Together’ (a relatively recent campaign to encourage and inspire the young people of Blackburn). I can’t help but think how this pales in comparison with the the sweeping new horizons – much larger scale, longer-term opportunities – … Read More →

The Last Tubes Made on Blackburn Site

TechTube Blackburn E813CC

After almost 30 years the Blackburn site was manufacturing tubes again – 100% British made tubes! The TechTube™ Blackburn E813CC was a serious engineering effort to redesign the ECC83 dual-triode from the ground up with an improved specification. First impressions are that the glass envelope of this new tube is not as elegantly shaped or as aesthetically pleasing as the old Mullard tubes however what’s of real interest is what’s … Read More →

Tubes in the Rubble and Ruins

Ribble House in the distance

I certainly wasn’t going to let a pesky little thing like security and administration spoil my day out at Mullard. Undeterred, I decided to scout around the site perimeter to take a few more pictures and followed Philips Road towards the south boundary. I turned on to Blakewater Road and stopped to take this photograph showing a deserted landscape of rubble and broken masonry amongst which brambles and grasses were … Read More →

Aerial View of the Mullard Blackburn Site

Aerial view of the Mullard Blackburn site

Not being able to gain access to the heart of the site meant some additional homework was required to fully determine the lay of the land. Using this photograph (provided by LET for use in the Cotton Town digitisation project) that shows a superb aerial view of the entire 46 acre Mullard Blackburn site (probably taken in the 1960s) and an old film documentary about the works, I as able … Read More →

Quality Guitar Cable Made in the U.S.A

Death Valley Guitar Cable

In the coming weeks I’ll be writing a review of these beautiful handmade cables from Death Valley Cable Company in U.S.A. I had recently discovered G&H Industries copper core jack plugs and was determined to find an excellent quality instrument cable to partner with them. After searching the internet I stumbled upon Death Valley Cable Company who appear to be exactly what I was looking for – artisans who are … Read More →

The Mullard Purchasing Department and How to Freak Out a Security Guard

Glenfiled House, Mullard, Blackburn

The photograph above shows the main entrance to the Mullard Blackburn site and ‘Glenfield House’ – a modern office block that was erected in 1961 for the purchasing and personnel departments. I was quite pleased with the composition of this picture which I cheekily snapped while the site security guard was hovering just a few feet from me on the phone to his boss. This part of the once mighty … Read More →