I've seen this too, I notice they've released a few new pedals. I quite like the look/sound of the 'hot tubes' too. And the prices are pretty hard to beat!. The same with the new Blackstar pedals. Same but without the tubes and 'improved circuitry' etc. Again, dirt cheap!
Just ordered a Soul Food, couldn't resist the price and extras that got thrown in I just had too get it. If anyone wants the trace it I will put up pics as soon as I get it. But I have to agree some pedals are just so cheap that its more cost affective to just buy them. Just look at the pic of Mike Matthews on the booklet/brochure. Not only is he a legend in the industry, and for me if it wasn't for the BMP i wouldn't have gotten into effects, but since when has be become Santa?
If you can take a high res pic of the board when it arrives that would be great. Hopefully they'll be the SMD resistors with the values on which would make it pretty quick to see how it compares /differs from the original.
Definitely Mark. I will do my best with picture quality, and always happy when I can contribute and help out. Hopefully it will show up this week. It will be interesting to see how similar it is to the Klon. I've watched/listened to a few videos on youtube, and it definitely is similar in sound, and for me hard to tell which is "better."
Nice job, I'll check it over during the week to see how close it is. Silicon diodes for clipping?!? Bill Finnegan would have kittens at the thought of removing the mythical unobtainium diodes, although to be fair it probably sounds better because of it
Oops. Mark you're right. I typed the value for the drive pot into the treble by mistake. So the treble is 10k, and the gain is 50k dual. My bad.
Sound wise, from listening to videos of the klon, still haven't built my klone, i think this sounds a little grittier/dirtier/rougher around the edges with higher gain levels, for lack of a better way of describing it, if you will, while the klon seems to have a smoother with higher gain levels. I think the tone of this is freaking fantastic. There seems to be more gain on tap with the soul food then compared to the klon. I think with having the Si diodes compared to having Ge diodes, gives it the grittier sound, and gives it the extra gain. I totally love it, and once I build my klon clone, I'll be able to give a good solid comparison. Oh, and I have the supposedly "mythical unobtainium diodes" for my klon.
To be honest after reading the interview with Bill Finnegan I really lost a lot of respect for him. He seems to have drunk too much of his own klon Koolaid, and honestly believes its the best pedal ever made, amongst other things he said.
But, I digress. I like the soul food much more. The only thing I would want to do is change the tonestack, and make it have separate bass and treble controls. Turning the treble CW it can get a little thin and bitey.
Oh and Vince, I would totally pick one up. I love EHX stuff, and love pretty much everything they make, and this does not disappoint. But, if we can get a good working layout for it, *fingers crossed*, I would build one and mess with some of the values to get it exactly how you want. Once there is a layout I plan on building one to tweak.
Excellent, thanks for the info. I've made a klon and bought a clone too and although they are great overdrives, I wasn't blown away, especially not enough to take out a mortgage on one. I think I bought into the hype too much an expected magical tones when I hit the stomp switch and was like. well? where is it?.. The grittier higher gain sounds much more my liking as that was another thing the Klon slacked on.
I've found them for £43 here, For that price, I think I'll take a shot on one!
Well I was looking on youtube to see if someone did a comparison between the Klon and the Soul Food, lucky gearmandude did. I think it gives a decent idea of the difference between the two, but obviously it would be best to personally do a comparison.
Vince, I've had similar experiences with pedals that were supposed to be "the best" and when I play the real think or clone it I end up thinking it's "meh." I think that for all of us, there are some effects that just move us, and inspire us, while others don't.