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The Lida. Stereo Trem-O-Graph/Record Player $299.99 plus actual shipping.
Can be used with the record player's internal amp and speakers or into two amps with the provided stereo output jacks. Also the unit still operates as a fully functional record player (see end of videos on home page). Includes beat discs shown in picture and the original rubber platter pad for records. $299.99 plus actual shipping to you.
JAVA GRIND FUZZ Special Butter-Nut Edition!
The Space Flamingo panaPHONIC Solid State Spring Reverb Unit.
Introducing the SoaringTortoise Electronics Space Flamingo pana PHONIC, solid state transistor, spring reverb unit. The Space Flamingo is capable of producing sonic landscapes where giant pink flamingos rule the world while the rest of us hide in our sanctuaries composing musical lamentations in the cold darkness. It can also do butterflies and flowers where everybody lives happily ever after if that’s your thing. Either way you can view a video demo of the Space Flamingo on our Home Page.
The SoaringTortoise Space Flamingo spring reverb is made from 100% recycled and repurposed parts and materials. Price: $259.99 plus actual shipping.
The Space Flamingo features controls for Dwell, Mix (wet/dry), and Output Volume. The unit has a true bypass switch and a switch on the mix control for reverb only, or totally wet, signal choice (When the Mix control is turned completely counterclockwise it will cancel the dry signal). The Space Flamingo is powered by an included Hon-Kwang (not kidding) 12 volt DC, 1000mA power supply with Hammond style detachable keyed connector plug. (Note: The reverb unit only uses a fraction of the power supplies 1000mA rating). The reverb unit has standard ¼” input and output jacks and a power switch.
The Space Flamingo also features an Obverbsation hatch which can be opened, thus exposing the patented “tapered spring reverberation drive line unit apparatus” to manual manipulation.
As mentioned above the Space flamingo spring reverb is made from 100% recycled materials most notably a vintage late 1960’s Baldwin Panoramic Tone Unit organ reverb spring tank which has a very cool, and very sensitive, tapered spring. The reverb enclosure is made from wood reclaimed from a salvage organ case and displays many scuffs and scratches from use and abuse in its former life as a keyed musical instrument.
Sneak under the cover of darkness down to your local abandon cathedral and get your own Space Flamingo panaPHONIC Solid State Spring Reverb Unit today, or get this one right here on soaringtortoiseelectronics.com
Price: $269.99 SOLDplus actual shipping to you..
The VibRotator Uni-vibe-style Phaser/Vibrato unit.
The Java Grind Fuzz w/ Special Fun Knob
The "ELECTRIC GENERAL" Electric Fuzz
Stereoll A/B/Y Pan Pedal
Fuzz Joy Mini Tremo-Swell-Fuzz.
The Great Enhancipator Compressor-Sustainer.
The WHITE Pedal
The Top 40 Treble Booster
Washedup Disco-Overdrive. Hermit Crab Case Series
The 13 Candles Long Pan Spring Reverb Unit. a.k.a. The OK Player
The Expresso Machine + MkII with Special Fun knob.
The Chevron Galaxy V All Tube, True Pitch-Shifting, Stand-Alone Vibrato Unit. Maggie-Style!
The SoaringTortoise Electronics Chevron Galaxy V all-tube, true pitch-shifting, stand-alone vibrato unit is another breakthrough effect in the STE Space Age Effector Series, along with our MercuReverb all tube reverb unit and Waning Gibbous phaser. Made entirely of recycled and repurposed parts and materials from the actual Space Age it (re)creates the much ballyhooed Magnatone true pitch shifting vibrato effect using two vintage matching varistors in an all tube, single stage, phase shift circuit . This circuit is similar to that found in Magnatone’s vintage pre-Estey model 421 and 431 amps as well as Estey era amps such as the M-2 and many, many other smaller Maggie amps featuring vibrato. You can view a video demo of the Chevron Galaxy V all-tube, stand-alone, vibrato unit on our Home Page or here: https://youtu.be/NrC0JE6wIao .
The Chevron Galaxy V is made from an early, to mid, 1960s Midland monophonic tube FM hi-fi tuner which was originally made in Japan. (Ed. Note: Some of you may remember the SoaringTortoise UHF TV-1 amp which was originally the accompanying hi- fi amp for this tuner. If you haven’t seen it you can check it out here: https://youtu.be/q11Uc2dc7K8 ). We were able to reuse the isolated power transformer with its accompanying heater filament transformers, the tube sockets, chassis, and enclosure from the Midland FM tuner. However, all if it’s other components have been replaced with quality, in spec, reclaimed capacitors and resistors mostly sourced from a very clean vintage Conn all tube organ which was recently decommissioned from a nearby house of worship. You may notice some gunk on one of the caps in the oscillator circuit visible in the gut shot picture featured above. This is not due to a leaky or faulty capacitor. It is actually glue which was used by the organ manufacturer to glue groups of capacitors together in the organ’s tone generator circuit so that they would not rattle when sister Mary Margaret was rockin’ the keys.
The vibrato unit features controls for Vibrato Intensity, Vibrato rate, and Volume and utilizes five tube triode stages comprised from four tubes. The input stage is a single 12AV6 triode/dual diode in which the diodes are not being used. The 12AV6 has similar gain characteristics to the 12AX7 but has only one triode instead of the two found in a 12AX7. This tube then feeds into the volume control which can be used to dial in unity gain with the amplifier the vibrato is connected to, or it can also be used to add a slight volume boost. The next two stages are each comprised of a single 6C4 triode which has similar gain specs to the 12AU7 dual triode found in the original Magnatone vibe circuit. Within this section you will find the magical, mythical, rare as powdered unicorn horn, varistors. It then travels to the output stage which is made up of one half of a 17EW8/HCC85 twin triode. The other half of the 17EW8 is the vibrato circuit’s oscillator stage. The 17EW8/HCC85 is a medium to hi mu twin triode with a gain rating somewhere between a 12AY7 and 12AT7 (it has a gain of approx. 50) but with a very funky 17.6 volt heater filament rating. The 17EW8 is the only tube type that was stock to the Midland tuners original tube compliment. However, the original Matsushita 17EW8 has been replaced with an NOS Sylvania tube. (Not that the Matsushita sounded bad. On the contrary, it sounded quite good but was, unfortunately, very micro-phonic. It will be included with the unit at the buyer’s request otherwise I am going to keep it.)
The Chevron Galaxy V Vibrato’s back panel features a single input jack, a single output to amp jack, power cord with grounded three prong plug, and an accessory AC outlet which is switched and rated at a mere 0.25A(250ma) Max. It can be used with a small AC adapter for powering pedals but is not capable of running another amp or outboard tube effect.
It should be noted that the Chevron Galaxie V vibrato units performance is directly affected by, and very sensitive to, the amount of gain in the first stage of the amp it is connected to. When connected to a tube amplifier it is recommended that the amp be set to a moderately clean setting. When the amps gain is increased the vibrato’s intensity increases as well resulting in the necessity to back off the vibrato’s intensity control. Too much gain in the amp, and too much intensity on the vibrato unit, results in an extreme amount of oscillator noise heard through the speaker.
Though the Chevron Galaxy V can be used with a solid state amp it is not recommended.
Seek out and explore new worlds in search of your own Chevron Galaxy V all tube, true pitch-shifting, vibrato or get on right at SoaringTortoise Electronics.
PRICE: $319.99 plus actual shipping to your address or planet.
Humo Cigar Box Vibro-Fuzz
MercuReverb All Tube Spring Reverb Unit.
The SoaringTortoise Waning Gibbous 2-Stage Phaser w/ Pedal-less Expressor
SoaringTortoise Trem-o-Graph w/ Fuzz Multi-Effects Unit.
The Masticator Upper Partial Octave Fuzz
SoaringTortoise Cigar Box Fuzz. Germanium Fuzz with Storage!
The Fuzz sTone Clay Fuzz. Germanium Transistor Fuzz in Ceramic Enclosure.
The Plowboy Bass O.D./Fuzz
Soaring Tortoise Blues Ball Fuzz.
JAVA GRIND FUZZ
The SoaringTortoise Electronics Java Grind Fuzz is an espresso strength fuzz/distortion unit made from 100% recycled parts and materials. To hear a taste test of the Java Grind go to: http://youtu.be/1d6pxMMr5p8 .
The Java Grind features an Harmonic Percolator style two transistor circuit with controls for Grind and Roast. The Grind control corresponds to the Harmonic Percolator’s Harmonics control and the Roast control to the HP’s Balance control. This unit uses potentiometers as opposed to the Interfax unit’s slider/fader controls. The Java Grind has a true bypass switch for switching the effect in and out of the signal path and can be powered with a 9-volt battery, or 9-volt DC adaptor. The DC adaptor jack is a tip and ring style for a miniature phone plug, like those found on older Electro-Harmonix pedals.
The Java Grind is a rich, aromatic fuzz which can be adjusted to brew tones ranging from a light breakfast roast, to a nice dark French Roast in the mid grind settings, and on to a full strength, thick, Turkish espresso. All the while retaining its bold, bright palette, and, as with any good Java, there is no bitter aftertaste.
The parts for the Java Grind Fuzz were acquired form a myriad of obsolete, broken, and no longer useful electronic detritus. For example: The circuit board material came from an old Realistic Radio Shack DJ mixer, as did many of the resistors, some of the capacitors, and the bypass switch; the 2SB33 Germanium transistor in the fuzz circuit was sourced from an old transistor radio; the potentiometers and jacks were removed from a defunct 1970s Peavey model 1200 mixing console; the wood enclosure was made from part of an old 8-track tape deck case; and the bottom of the unit is made from Masonite which was originally part of the back panel of a classic Admiral console stereo.
The front and rear panels of the Java Grind were made from a vintage Butternut tin coffee can. We also managed to fabricate the battery holder from the same coffee can. The artwork and graphics on the Java Grind were imagined and initiated by the mysteriously magnificent anonymous Art Fox.
PRICE: SALE $99.99 SOLD free shipping in the U.S. $12.00 international shipping.
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The SoaringTortoise "Tribute To Tremolo" Trem-o-Graph.
The SoaringTortoise Electronics “Tribute to Tremolo” Trem-o-Graph is an opto-mechanical, beat programmable, tremolo for electric guitar, electric bass, or Rhodes style electric piano which has been made from 100% recycled parts and materials. To view a video demo of the “Tribute to Tremolo” Trem-o-Graph go to: http://youtu.be/kpRZwOkZY3s .
The “Tribute to Tremolo” Trem-o-Graph features ambiguous input and output jacks. Because this particular Trem-o-Graph is a completely passive device, with the instrument's signal path traveling only through a single photo-resistor, the jacks can be used interchangeably, as input or output jacks, and vice versa. The unit also features a push-button switch which engages, or bypasses, the tremolo effect. The “Tribute to Tremolo” Trem-o-Graph is made from a retired Audiotronics 304A elementary school record player which is capable of four rotational speeds; 16 RPM, 33RPM, 45RPM, and 78RPM. These four speeds, combined with the five included tremolo beat discs, can create a multitude of tremolo effects. But wait, that’s not all! With a simple roll of black electricians tape (or similar opaque tape) provided by you, the Trem-o-Graph operator, one can create tremolo effects as yet unheard. An entire world of unsteady, tremulous, sonic soundscapes exist within each rotation of the Trem-o-Graph’s precision balanced platter.
Beat it on down to your local shopping mall’s tremolo kiosk today for your own SoaringTortoise “Tribute to Tremolo” Trem-o-Graph or get one right here on the Soaringtortoise Electronics web-sight. Price: $119.99 SOLD plus actual shipping to you where ever you may be.
The BeethovEnvelope Filter Auto-Wah Envelope Filter Effect
The SoaringTortoise BeethovEnvelope Filter effect will add rich symphonic auto-wah style color to any composition from the simplest minuet to the most challenging concerto and it is made from 100% recycled parts and materials. To view and hear a demonstration of the BeethovEnvelope Filter in a chamber setting go to: http://youtu.be/ghVEjlTPXJE.
The BeethovEnvelope Filter features controls for Sensitivity and Range which can be manipulated by moving Beethoven’s chubby little baby arms up or down. Did you ever wonder why there are no photographs of Ludwig van Beethoven in short sleeves? Well, he had cute, pudgy, baby arms his whole life. It was very embarrassing for him, but all the more amazing considering he was a virtuoso pianist despite those short, fat, little fingerwursts. [Ed. Note There are no photographs of Beethoven in short sleeves because photography did not exist during his lifetime. Oh sure, there were a few attempts by Nicephore Niepce in the early and mid-1820s but the silver chloride solution he coated his paper with just could not be made light-fast.] The control arms are labeled in prison tat style on the aforementioned fingers. Regular control knobs marked with an S (sensitivity) and an R (range) are included with the BeethovEnvelope filter for those who may be creeped out by the Beatles Butcher cover look of the baby doll arms. The unit also has a Normal/Bass switch accessible from the back. The switches’ location literally gives you the opportunity to pick Beethoven’s brain. For the electronic nerds out there we would like to inform you that the BeethovEnvelope filter features a JRC4558D dual Op-Amp and a BC182L transistor in the circuit.
The BeethovEnvelope Filter features the SoaringTortoise unpatented true bypass battery saver switch. This offers true-bypass switching and extends the life of the battery by turning it on only when the effect is engaged. When the effect is in bypass mode the battery is turned off. This is unlike most modern effects which have the battery on the whole time they are in use whether in active or bypass mode. The unit also has a mini phone jack, tip/sleeve style, plug (like those found on older Electro-Harmonix pedals) for use with a 9-volt AC adapter.
The BeethovEnvelope Filter can be placed on the floor for use as a regular pedal or can be hung vertically on a wall or, perhaps the side of an amplifier, to save floor and pedal-board space.
The BeethovEnvelope Filter is available at most fine concert halls in larger cities or right here on the SoaringTortoise Electronics web-sight. Price: $114.99 SOLD Plus $10.00 Shipping to U.S. addresses or $35.00 international shipping.
Soul-oh Brother Platform Wah
The SoaringTortoise Soul-oh Brother Platform Wah (also known as the Bubber Miley picture wah among collectors) is made from 100% recycled parts and materials. To view and hear a demo of the Soul-oh Brother Platform Wah go to: http://youtu.be/vAxhZBUfNcI .
The Soul-oh Brother Platform Wah is patterned after the original Vox Clyde McCoy wah pedal. The original Vox wah was a bit stodgy and dull in appearance, the sort of wah-wah your Grandfather might have used down at the local ballroom with his top 40 swing band. Though hampered by its outdated, post-industrial, sewing machine pedal appearance the Vox is a superior sounding wah-wah. We here at SoaringTortoise Electronics have captured the spirit and sound of the original Vox wah but with the modern, updated styling seen only here on the Soul-oh Brother Platform Wah. The Soul-oh Brother features a much wider and more Macho treadle pedal than the standard wah and has a whopping 5 ¼” space between its super-chic, cutting edge fashion, size 9 ½ platform shoe side panels.
The Soul-oh Brother Platform Wah is built in, and around, a sturdy all metal vintage electric home organ volume pedal. It features the usual wah foot treadle action but with a much longer and smoother throw than ordinary rack and pinion wah pedals. The Soul-oh Brother features a true bypass slide switch mounted on the right side of the unit which is accessible through a hole in the fashionable platform shoe side panel. It can be powered with either a 9-volt battery or a 9-volt DC power adaptor with Boss style, center negative, barrel type jack. There is a toggle switch on the left side of the unit for selecting either battery or adaptor use. When the toggle switch is set for adaptor use the battery is disconnected. Plugging a guitar cable plug into the input jack turns on the power supply (battery or adaptor depending upon the setting of the toggle switch) as on most modern pedals.
Truck on down to your local Buster Brown shoe store today and get your own Soul-oh Brother Platform Wah or get one here at the SoaringTortoise Electronics web-sight. Price: $149.99 SOLD Free shipping in lower 48 states.$20.00 international shipping.
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AA/G.A.S. Germanium Fuzz
The SoaringTortoise AA/G.A.S. Fuzz is a Germanium transistor fuzz face style fuzz unit made from 100% recycled parts and materials. To see a road test of this hot rod visit: http://youtu.be/JliGr_6XBA0
The AA/G.A.S. Fuzz features two Toshiba 2SB415 germanium transistors which were removed from an old Admiral console stereo along with their sweet single piece, bent aluminum, heat sink. In the Admiral console stereo they were actually configured as the output transistors in the one side of the stereo audio amp. They are now configured in a fuzz face circuit with controls for Volume and Fuzz Intensity. The fuzz has a true bypass push-button selector switch and is powered by a single 9-Volt battery. Alkaline is preferred do to the high compression ratio but not necessary. The battery is switched on when a plug is inserted into the input jack. The effect unit's folded metal enclosure is made from the top and sides of a DVD player which had incurred massive damage to it's sturdy plastic disc loading system. The DVD player was made by none other than Toshiba. (There were no Germanium transistors in the DVD player, unfortunately, but they are always good for a 4558 dual op amp and some fairly good caps.)
Other features include a Buick nail-head V8 with an aluminum intake manifold, modified Carter four-barrel carburetor, magneto distributor, laker pipes, Ford 9 inch rear end, and a La Salle three speed transmission with added overdrive. The fuel cell has been mounted outside on the front end for better weight distribution. Tires are good. Brakes are fair. This particular unit placed 5th at the 1960 Winter-nationals.
The AA/G.A.S. Fuzz has the distinction of being one of just a few fuzz boxes on the market which can pop a wheelie. I asked my shrink if I should divulge the name of the other company making fuzz pedals capable of popping wheelies but my doctor said no. This particular unit cleans up very well when the guitar’s volume is rolled back.
Price: Check out Gearmanndude's youtube review at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Focv--CTZw
Flying Turtle Envelope Controlled Filter
The SoaringTortoise Flying Turtle envelope controlled filter for electric guitar and bass is similar in circuit and operation to the Electro-Harmonix Dr.Q envelope filter. As always it is made from 100% recycled materials and parts. You can view a video Demo of the Flying Turtle at: http://youtu.be/hktQvlTAp-k
The Flying Turtle is a funky, but finicky, filter not suitable for faint fingered fickle fretters who might foreseeably fear futzing with its fab features. For those fortitudinous few who find feverishly finagling filter functions fantastic fun, the Flying Turtle filter is for freaks like you. Alliteration aside, it takes some tweaking to get this unit set just right for the guitar being used to drive it, and for your individual picking style, but once it is dialed in it sounds quite good.
The Flying Turtle envelope controlled filter features: a flush mounted Range control which requires the use of a Philips head screwdriver for adjustment; a Normal/Bass setting switch which I think a may have labeled backwards. (Thankfully I used just the letters N and B to designate the settings so you can make up new names for them like Normal and Bright or Steve and Eydie.); a true bypass slider switch for switching between the effect and your unaffected tone; a Sensitivity control which requires the use of a standard screwdriver, butter knife, or guitar pick for adjustment; and an internal trim-pot (accessible when the bottom plate is removed) for adjusting the gain in the filter section of the circuit.
The unit also has Input and Output jacks, and a special ¼” 9V DC power adaptor jack. A purpose made power adapter adapter cable is included with the Flying Turtle and works with any Boss style barrel connector 9V DC power supply such as the One Spot brand power supply I use.
The Flying Turtle envelope controlled filter is available here on our web-sight for $76.99 and at fine furriers, flea markets, and fence factories throughout France, Finland, and Fresno California for a fraction more. SOLD free shipping in the U.S. Actual shipping elsewhere.
Expresso Machine+ Plus
The SoaringTortoise Expresso Machine+ Plus Fuzz Booster for electric guitar is a mutant hybridization of the rare and mysterious Interfax Harmonic Percolator pedal. As always it is made from recycled materials, including a very Louis Vuitton-esque coffee can. You can view and hear a video demo of the Expresso Machine+ Plus at: http://youtu.be/-iqTHQcGYc8
The Expresso Machine+ Plus features 2” throw fader controls for Input Volume (Fuzz Intensity) and Output Volume and has a true bypass slider switch which can be operated with one’s foot provided their Kung Fu is good. The unit also features the standard input and output jacks as well as a miniature tip/ring style 9 volt adapter jack like the kind found on older Electro-Harmonix effects. The Expresso Machine+ Plus can also be powered with a 9 volt battery.
The Expresso Machine+ Plus has a very broad sonic palette ranging from a light and frothy Latte to a very intensely stimulating Espresso. [editor’s note: Frankly, we don’t know what this last sentence means but, thankfully, you can hear for yourself what it sounds like on the demo video.]
Some of the recycled materials for this unit came from such varied sources as: An Admiral console stereo; A Pocket Coffee coffee tin; An old portable elementary school AV Dept. record player; A Radio Shack Realistic four channel mixer; A decommissioned Peavey model 1200 mixing board; And the handsome mahogany veneered side pieces came from a vintage solid state Grundig stereo.
The SoaringTortoise Expresso Machine+ Plus would look at home, and serve up highly potent tones, in any hipster coffee shop, fly by night modern art gallery, or 20,000 seat rock and roll arena. It looks especially nice at Red Rocks.Price: Sold free shipping to U.S. addresses actual shipping elsewhere.
Bearded Countenance Clay Fuzz
The SoaringTortoise Electronics Bearded Countenance Clay Fuzz is a hand-made electric guitar fuzz unit in the style of the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. To view a video demo of the Bearded Countenance in action go to: http://youtu.be/N8MU8P72nSI
The Bearded Countenance is not some five day growth beard Brad Pitt/George Clooney modern day fuzz. No, this is a full bearded Charlton Heston as Moses, vintage 60’s sounding fuzz, that can be pushed into Dan Haggerty Grizzly Adams territory in the heavier settings.
The Fuzz features a Fuzz Face style two Germanium transistor circuit with controls for Volume and Fuzz intensity. The unit also features a four position rotary switch which: Offers true bypass in the first position; The stock fuzz face .01mfd input capacitor value in the second position; A lower .068mfd cap for more mid-range snarl in the third position; And a .22mfd cap for a bass emphasis fuzz sound in the fourth position. The circuit is entirely made from reclaimed electrical components sourced from various old electronic devices. The transistors are vintage TEN Germanium devices, a 2SB32 in the first position, and a 2SB33 in the second.
The Bearded Countenance’s enclosure is made from fired clay which has been hand formed and hand glazed in the original round Fuzz Face style. This results in a durable long lasting ceramic enclosure which can also double as an ashtray provided it is turned upside down and the bottom is removed. The case measures approx. 6 ½” in diameter by 2” tall. The fuzz features the unpatented easyQiuk one screw bottom removal system for battery access. The fuzz requires one 9-volt battery for power. Plugging a cord into the input turns the battery on.
Aside from the clay enclosure itself everything on this pedal is made from 100% recycled parts and materials. PRICE: SOLD Free shipping to U.S. Addresses. Actual shipping elsewhere.
Ge Power Trio Boost
The SoaringTortoise Electronics Ge Power Trio Boost is a 3 in 1 Germanium transistor booster/overdrive for electric guitar which is made from 100% recycled parts and materials. To view a video demo of the Ge Power Trio in action go to: http://youtu.be/Gu-auURekhY
The Ge Power Trio is a PNP Germanium transistor three band booster featuring separate boost sections for Bass, Midrange, and Treble each with their own gain control. Each section is a discreet transistor boost based on the venerable Dallas Rangemaster Treble Boost circuit and uses a vintage Matsushita 2SB176 Germanium transistor sourced from an old Panasonic portable radio. The boost sections are then summed to a single transistor mixer section with Master Volume built around a germanium transistor removed from a vintage Zenith transistor radio. The transistor is stamped with Zenith’s in-house 121 code and is most likely an American made transistor.
The Ge Power Trio’s boost sections can be used individually or mixed together for a variety of powerful boost sounds. Cranking any one of the controls to full will drive most any amp into blissful fuzzy overdrive accentuating whichever of three frequency bands you choose, or all three if you desire. Yet, even at the most overdriven settings, simply rolling back your guitar’s volume will restore a wonderfully usable clean tone. Such is the highly under appreciated, and all but forgotten, ability of the low gain AF transistor.
The Power Trio uses a single 9-volt battery which is switched on when a plug is inserted into the input jack. The unit also features a true-bypass push-button switch for switching between your straight tone and the boost. The booster’s case is made from scrap wood acquired from an Amish saw mill here in western Wisconsin and measures 5” x 3 7/8” x 2” tall not including the knobs.
Price: Sold Free shipping in lower 48 states. Actual shipping elsewhere.
The SoaringTortoise Smokestack Lightning Caged Fuzz is a based on the early 1970s Dallas Arbiter BC109 silicon transistor Fuzz Face and is made from 100% recycled materials. To view a video demo of the Smokestack Lightning Fuzz in action go to: http://youtu.be/PPGZioppajM If you want less talking and more action skip ahead in the video to about 2:15.
The Smokestack Lightning Caged Fuzz is the antithesis of the modern factory made fuzz. Instead of a mass produced, robot soldered, off-shore factory made fuzz this is a handmade one of a kind fuzz that looks like a factory. And it is made right here in Southwest Wisconsin U.S.A.
The fuzz features controls for Fuzz Intensity and Volume and has a three position true bypass switch. Why three positions? Because I make these things out of recycled parts and, at the time I made this fuzz, I was out of two position bypass switches. So you get Bypass, On, and Further On. On and Further On are the same thing unless you recognize this spelling of Further, in which case the Further On position may take you to places of untold beauty and strangeness. For the rest of us Further On is just the second on position. The unit requires one 9 volt battery for power. The battery is switched on when a guitar cable is inserted into the input jack. There is also a hole in the base plate large enough to insert a 9 volt battery clip adapter if you should choose to run the unit with an AC adaptor such as the One Spot or other after-market power supplies.
The Smokestack Lightning Fuzz uses two vintage BC109 silicon transistors which were taken out of an old Grundig stereo receiver. The little smokestacks sticking out of the top of the cage portion of the fuzz are actually metal tube heat sinks/dissipaters for the transistors. They were originally on the transistors when they were in the stereo so I thought I would keep them intact for their physical and aesthetic attributes. The bottom, wood portion of the enclosure is made from rough sawed scrap wood acquired from an Amish saw mill. The top, cage portion is made out of a metal speaker grate from one of the speaker enclosures of an old elementary school AV record player unit.
We here at SoaringTortoise try to be environmentally aware in our building and business practices. With that in mind the Smokestack Lightning Fuzz' smokestacks are equipped with the latest in hyperbranched aminosilica and electrostatic precipitator carbon scrubbing technology and are concurrent with all EPA standards and regulations. Price: SOLD Free shipping in Lower 48 USA. Actual shipping elsewhere.
Power Trio Overdrive
Trio is a three band overdrive/boost and is the first in house designed circuit The Power from SoaringTortoise Electronics. This three-in-one wonder directs your guitar signal through two Tube Screamer style overdrives, one to emphasize the bass and one for midrange emphasis, and an Andertonian (as in Craig Anderton) treble boost summed together through a simple mixer stage. All this is done using a single quad operational amplifier IC. Like every other SoaringTortoise effect, the Power Trio is made from 100% recycled parts and materials..
The Power Trio features controls for bass overdrive (labeled “Wagner”), midrange overdrive (labeled “Bach”), and treble boost (labeled “Mozart”). On top of the case are a master volume with on/off switch for power and a true bypass pushbutton switch. The unit can run on 9-12 volt DC power and has both a barrel style (Boss style) center negative power jack and a miniature ring and tip style (older Electro-Harmonix style), tip positive power jack. There is a modified SEL 12 Volt DC power supply included with the unit. The Power Trio can be powered by a nine volt battery, however there is no battery clip installed or included.
Gracing the top of the Power Trio is the greatest power trio ever assembled to date. Taking care of the bass duties is the bombastic Richard Wagner. The midrange is filled by the prolific and eclectically electric Johann Sebastian Bach. And the sweet, dulcet, cut you to bone Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is on top of the treble. We here at SoaringTortoise tried our hardest to get Herr Beethoven to join but when we asked him he kept right on playing the piano without acknowledging us. It was as if he didn’t even hear us.
The SoaringTortoise Trem-o-Graph is a beat programmable, optical tremolo for electric guitar or other electric instruments. As usual the Trem-o-Graph is made from 100% recycled parts and materials. To view a video demo of the Trem-o-Graph in action go to: http://youtu.be/yVq5exnshQI
The Trem-o-Graph is designed to be placed between your instrument and amplifier and offers unprecedented tremolo beats heretofore unavailable in most, if not all, tube, transistor, or IC based tremolos.
The Tremo-Graph is made from an old 4-speed (16, 33, 45, 78-rpm) record player and uses a simple light dependent resistor(LDR), and easily made pattern discs, to create it’s unique brand of tremolo. The only component in the instrument signal path is the LDR, so your guitar’s sound remains pure and unadulterated by complex circuitry or batteries. The unit features a Speed Selector switch for changing the platter speed, a Pause switch to stop the platter for pattern disc changes, and a true bypass push-button switch to select between tremolo or bypass signal. The Trem-o-Graph also features a power switch for the turntable motor, and input and output jacks which can actually be used either way. The input can be used as the output and vice-versa. I labeled them to avoid confusion. The turntable is AC powered and has an approximately 5 1/2 foot long, three prong, grounded power cord which can be stored inside the case when not in use. The unit also has a sturdy folding carry handle for transport.
The Trem-o-Graph includes three pattern discs which can make a wide variety of beats. However, the real fun in this device is in creating your own unique beats and patterns using easily acquirable thin cardboard and a scissors. To this end I will include a couple empty cardboard cereal boxes with the unit. You will have furnish your own scissors.
The Trem-o-Graph measures approx. 14 ½” x 12” x 8” tall.
The art motif of the Trem-o-Graph is an obscure, and ultimately unimportant, reference to the bookend figures of the Romantic period in classical music. We have the innocent, simple, elegant classical romanticism of Shubert being sacrificed on the Altar of Modernism as a slightly creepy looking, Jazz and industrial loving, Debussy looks on. Price: SOLD
The Valve Yeller
The SoaringTortoise Electronics Valve Yeller is an electric guitar overdrive effect unit made from 100% recycled materials. The effect is sonically similar to the TS-808, TS-9 Tube Screamer pedals but is voiced with a slightly lower midrange hump.
The Valve Yeller features controls for Drive, Tone, and Level and has a true bypass slide switch for turning the effect on. The Tone control also doubles as the power switch for the battery. When it is turned completely counterclockwise it switches the battery off. The effect can also be powered with a 9-Volt power adaptor with ring and tip style mini-plug (like older Electro-Harmonix effects have). The repurposed parts circuit is basically an un-buffered tube screamer without the electronic switching components. Why unbuffered? Because we here at SoaringTortoise Electronics think that transistors should be discrete in whom they associate with. The circuit features a socket for the dual op amp IC so that it can be easily switched out with other variety op amps. The unit comes with a vintage JRC4558D installed.
The effect enclosure is made from plywood sourced from a disco era stereo system that featured AM, FM, record player, cassette deck, AND an 8-track tape deck (You don’t find that kind of multi-media capability around anymore). The hand-painted enclosure is built in the Southern Shed Roof Shack architectural style with plexi-glass front and back panels and Masonite bottom. The plexi-glass was sourced from the same stereo unit as the wood masonite and you can still see the 1,2,3,4 track numbers for the 8 track player on the input/output plug back panel. Pictured on the top of the case is Toby the Hillbilly Tube encouraging us to play our best. Price: Sold