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80's rack mount Chandler Tube Driver

Discussion in 'The Rack Space' started by Terry McInturff, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Terry McInturff

    Terry McInturff 40th Anniversary of guitar building! Gold Supporting Member

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    I bought one when they came out (mid 80's?) but I didn't like it and stowed it away. I just found it, having forgotten all about it. I haven't ad a chance to try it, but maybe it would be fun for fuzzing things during mix down or something.

    Anybody liking these for guitar?
     
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  2. tech21nyc

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    I used one for years. Then Tube Works emerged. So I call to find out the difference in my unit to the one TW was producing. They offered to update it. Then I didn't like it anymore. :) It was a nice unit but didn't have the amount of gain as the pedal units I had by them. The original pedal had a looser distortion as I recall. It would be interesting to see how it holds up today.
     
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  3. HammyD

    HammyD Supporting Member

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    I had the Chandler version and loved it. I have never been able to dial in distortion as well as with their "bias" knob.
     
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  4. Terry McInturff

    Terry McInturff 40th Anniversary of guitar building! Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll give it a fresh try then!
     
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    This was back in the days of the PRS forum and I was big into Storyville. I tried to get the subtle distortion from Malford Milligan's track Mercy Street. I had an early McCarty and used the Chandler and a Peavey Valveverb into a BF Pro Reverb. Probably a million ways to get that sound, but except for the Chandler they all allude me....(but much does from time to time! LOL)

     
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    I still have a Chandler rackmount.
    Haven’t used it in a while, but I recall it working really well in front of one of my Lee Jackson/Perfect Connection pre-amps.
    It was a bit more adjustable than the pedal version.
     
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    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    I had one in the late 90's that I should have held on to - knew less then than I do now, and could probably make it work.
     
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    I feel like I've seen quite a few of these in racks and I've always been quite curious about the sound. Hopefully it sounds pretty cool for you!
     
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    I have one. It's one of those things where you either love it, or you hate it. I love it. Even if I'm not using it in my rig right now.
    Try experimenting with different tubes. Try some 12au7s and AT7s and whatnot. Makes a big difference in how it sounds. Also, makes some difference in how the bias knob reacts. I like running the bias knob at 3 o'clock. I'm still not sure if I like the ax or the au. But, that's because I'm as indecisive as they come. Sometimes, I choose not to decide.
     
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    Yah, supposedly, swapping in a lower gain 12AU7 was the "schnizzle".
     

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