Discuss the stuff that makes your ears bleed.

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BY Mattallica
#774464
werdna wrote:At a gear fest we should have an MTS corner and let everyone hear the beasts.

I'd like to bring along my plexi head and do a blind test to see who can guess whether it is the module or the real thing. It's like those blind wine tastings, except that I expect you guys to do better than the wine experts.


Unfortunately that would rely on an Auckland gearfest actually happening...?
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BY AiRdAd
#774473
werdna wrote:At a gear fest we should have an MTS corner and let everyone hear the beasts.

I'd like to bring along my plexi head and do a blind test to see who can guess whether it is the module or the real thing. It's like those blind wine tastings, except that I expect you guys to do better than the wine experts.


You’d hope it would be able to do a plexi, because it’s probably more expensive than a plexi :-)
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BY jeremyb
#774485
JHorner wrote:Is there a Bandit module?


It's one of the modes of the spider III module.
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BY SimpleSi
#774486
Mattallica wrote:
SimpleSi wrote:Contact Synergy and ask for a discount and editing paperwork..

I've been given $325 as a price per module from Synergy

$425 for a SYN1
$725 for a SYN2
Modules $325ea
$1075 for a SYN5050



Maybe it's just the pricing they've given me through artists discounting


That's a great price! but i can neither pretend to be an artist or ask them to be complicit in excluding paperwork..

Just ask

I just make YouTube videos for pedal demos.


I literally just asked for a discounted price list because it's expensive to ship here and they sent me the list.
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BY Mattallica
#776325
Purchased a stock Randall Top Boost and Ultra Lead this week.

Ultra Lead is meh. Woofy and fizzy.

Top boost doesn't sound like an AC to me. Way too much gain on tap. Sounds better than the Ultra Lead.
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BY godgrinder
#776331
^ Mail them to Salvation?
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BY werdna
#776445
Mattallica wrote:Purchased a stock Randall Top Boost and Ultra Lead this week.

Ultra Lead is meh. Woofy and fizzy.

Top boost doesn't sound like an AC to me. Way too much gain on tap. Sounds better than the Ultra Lead.

The top boost is as gainy as the Plexi module, maybe more so.
Generally they are all a bit gainier than you would expect. The tweed is very gainy. The blackface is as gainy as you would expect the Tweed to be. I put a different preamp in my Blackface to recover some cleanness. The Top Boost is heavy as fuck for a Vox sound. The plexi needed to be a bit more lively so I had a Jose mod done. After the mod I haven't wanted to play with the Brown module. The modded plexi sounds better than the brown. Read the forum posts on Grailtone and you get an idea of what modules are good or bad.
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BY Mattallica
#776535
werdna wrote:
Mattallica wrote:Purchased a stock Randall Top Boost and Ultra Lead this week.

Ultra Lead is meh. Woofy and fizzy.

Top boost doesn't sound like an AC to me. Way too much gain on tap. Sounds better than the Ultra Lead.

The top boost is as gainy as the Plexi module, maybe more so.
Generally they are all a bit gainier than you would expect. The tweed is very gainy. The blackface is as gainy as you would expect the Tweed to be. I put a different preamp in my Blackface to recover some cleanness. The Top Boost is heavy as fuck for a Vox sound. The plexi needed to be a bit more lively so I had a Jose mod done. After the mod I haven't wanted to play with the Brown module. The modded plexi sounds better than the brown. Read the forum posts on Grailtone and you get an idea of what modules are good or bad.


Yeah i did trawl the Grailtone forums before i bought them. They didn't cost much, so i thought i may as well hear them for myself and get some doners out of it. I will be more picky from now on though.
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BY werdna
#776549
If you want to lose some gain in the Top Boost, stick in a 5751 in place of the 12AX7. Worked for the Blackface preamp.
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BY olegmcnoleg
#776551
There are some mods online at GrailTone for making the Top Boost module more like the original circuit. They are easy to do. But I agree, it is way too gainy as is. I quite like the tone, but I wish it had more headroom.
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BY Mattallica
#776552
werdna wrote:If you want to lose some gain in the Top Boost, stick in a 5751 in place of the 12AX7. Worked for the Blackface preamp.


Thanks Andrew, reading up on this now. I haven't considered swapping pre-amp valves before
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BY werdna
#776559
Mattallica wrote:
werdna wrote:If you want to lose some gain in the Top Boost, stick in a 5751 in place of the 12AX7. Worked for the Blackface preamp.


Thanks Andrew, reading up on this now. I haven't considered swapping pre-amp valves before
Best to start with the V1. Should be enough. If you're in Auckland I have a spare brand new 5751 you could have.
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BY Mattallica
#776580
Best to start with the V1. Should be enough. If you're in Auckland I have a spare brand new 5751 you could have.


Very kind sir! i'm in chch unfortunately..
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