New old stuff from boss, PH-1, OD-1, and SP-1 all hand wired in Japan according to Reverb.com
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I made myself a clone, and it's a nice pedal. It is essentially an SD-1, with a fixed treble rolloff and no variable tone control. It has the same weaknesses as the SD-1 and TS-9, namely not as much bass as some players would like, but that's easily fixed. I quite like the resulting sound from feeding a Phase 90 (clone) into an OD-1. Very Trower.I've always wanted to try an OD1
You mean all those Canadian companies that still list sales in US funds? Support whoever makes a pedal you want! It doesn't need to be based on borders.Is the exorbitant cost because the hand wiring skills of the Japanese are that much more elevated than the Americans?! Good grief. All the more reason to shop Canadian. Go and support Southampton Pedals, SolidGoldFX, Empress.... rant over
Yep, I think it's all to do with the 'handwired' hype in amps - generated by internet one-upsmanship more than for any technical or sonic reasons. Personally, I wouldn't pay a penny extra for one of these v one of their assembly line pedals. No real advantage to this.At least with the Waza pedals, your dollars would purchase additional options and mods. With these, all your money really buys is work for somebody in Japan. I don't get the point of that. It's not like a hand-soldered joint will "sound better" than a wave-soldered joint, and it's not like the components are hand-selected or anything. I'm also unaware of anything that was included in those pedals that is not available anymore. Maybe a little harder to find (e.g., MC3403 quad op-amps, or 2SK30-GR FETs), but not any sort of unobtanium, and not hard to find in the quantities that that sort of price-point would anticipate.
When it comes to amps, "hand-wired" can make a difference, because the leads between tube sockets can be run in a manner that reduces hum and noise. But when it comes to pedals, all it really provides is labour costs.
$899.99 USD for a box of all three at Sweetwater!!
Hopefully they come out with PCB versions of the single pedals. This handwired boxset seems targeted to ebay flippers and generating hype.
Ibanez was selling the hand wired tube screamer for $450 plus tax, so I guess the price is in line? Lol
It wasn't hype when that's how they just built stuff - the tech du jour as it was. Case in point, those old Hi Watt tag board amps (I've never seen a PTP Hi Watt). I'm sure you've seen the wiring. It was a work of art, and for no other reason than they took pride in doing nice, clean wiring. Wire lacing like that is a lost art. Old Tektronix stuff had some amazing wire lacing as well. But they didn't market that aspect of their equipment, everything was built using similar tech, some just had more attention to detail than others.The hand-wired amp thing is not hype, but it becomes hype when misapplied in other contexts. People still wax poetic about the layout in old Hi-Watt amps. The layout of components and wires are done in a manner to optimize sound and also facilitate servicing. That's also part of what enhances the perception of point-to-point as something special. And like I say, in the case of tube amps it IS something special, that is a joy to behold when not done haphazardly. In the case of PCBs for pedals, it is moot, for precisely the reasons you indicate: if the board is properly laid out, then every single copy of that pedal is laid out properly, and no one has a=to allocate special attention. If the amp is P-to-P, then someone has to pay attention to the fabrication and wiring of each and every amp because no robotic arm is going to do it..