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Delta-Trem Tap Divide and Mulitply!

Cracking the Enigma Code

Just another quick update on the Delta-Trem Vactrol tube tremolo. I’m pushing hard to get this project wrapped up and into production this year. Today I completed debugging the tap temp divide circuitry – a real brain drain as I wanted to add tap mulitply too for a total of 8 different ratios including triplets. The photo shows some of my timing notes. As I laboured through the calculations for … Read More →

Back of the Beer Mat Calculations

Back of he beer mat calculations

Behind every gleaming Effectrode effects pedal there are a myriad of scribbled notes, countless experimental prototypes and endless testing and fault-finding. Getting a pedal design fine-tuned and ironing out all those small, but important details takes time and is a labour of love, which is why I have literally dozens of notebooks filled with such scribbles. This particular scribble is related to the Delta-Trem tap tempo circuitry. The project is … Read More →

John Verity’s Blackbirds

John Verity's pedalboard

Here’s a nice photo of John Verity’s pedalboard sporting two Blackbird tube preamps and a Mercury tube fuzz – seven tubes in total which is more than are found in most guitar amps! This pedal board in conjunction with his Marshall 1974 tube amps and custom Tayden speaker cabs generates an incredibly rich, smooth, full-bodied tone. John reckons it’s the best guitar sound he’s ever had and after seeing him … Read More →

Mad March Giveaway

Giveaway!

Each weekend during March, we will be offering one lucky Facebook user the chance to win a bunch of Effectrode Goodies. Go to our Facebook page to enter. https://www.facebook.com/effectrode Rules This competition is open to all Facebook users 18 years of age or older, excluding employees of Effectrode or anyone else connected with this promotion. The competition is run by Effectrode. Each Friday during March 2015 a Facebook Giveaway will … Read More →

Dabbling in Tube Power Amplification

Output transformers

Yes folks, it’s not all work at Effectrode – sometimes I like to take a break from tube effects pedal design and experiment with tube power amps too! For some time I’ve had the inkling of an idea to build a compact power amp using tubes in parallel to obtain more current drive – a high power low power amp if you like. There’s some great little tube amps already … Read More →

Oil and Alcohol: Binson Echorec Export Rebuild Completed!

Binson Echorec Export rebuild

The air in my workshop is now heavy with the strong scent of machine oil and alcohol. This marks the completion of my first Binson Echorec rebuild for a paying customer! The oil and alcohol were used during the endless hours of head alignment and idler wheel tweaking that were essential to get this old Echorec (1962) operating close to original factory new condition. Head alignment is fantastically fiddly to … Read More →

Binson Bits: Rare as Hens Teeth

Binson Echorec parts

Over the last couple of years sales of Binson Echorec parts on Ebay have dwindled to almost nothing. There was a time when I’d see N.O.S. heads idler wheels and even the complete memory system for sale, but no more. Seems like spare parts have finally dried up and anyone who owns parts is hanging onto them. This makes it even more imperative to maintain and look after your Echorec … Read More →

Just About Doable – The ‘Glass-A’ Triode Buffer

Glass-A triode buffer

Today I’ve been cutting out the metalwork for the Glass-A tube buffer. I was determined to fit the tube and and all the high voltage electronics into a tiny Hammond 1590B diecast aluminium enclosure. This was only just about doable and made more difficult by the fact that I always like to have all the sockets on the back panel to keep wiring between effects pedals as tidy as possible … Read More →

What’s on Rother’s Pedal Board?

Steve Rothery's Pedalboard

No, this isn’t a play on the famous Abbot and Costello comedy sketch, ‘Who’s on first base?’, it’s an enquiry into what effects pedals Steve Rothery (Marillion) is using on tour for his latest solo venture ‘The Ghosts of Pripyat’. Looking at the photograph of his board, it might be easier to ask, what effects pedals aren’t on his board! It’s extremely busy, but beautifully laid out and I’m really … Read More →