I emailed Mike yesterday, and his price quote on the SunLion was $335. The Beano goes for $165, and the SunFace NKT 275 is normally a $225 pedal, so a bit of savings actually in going with the SunLion over those pedals individually. I was going to get a moded Maxon SD9, but seeing the SunLion ended that for me! I'm placing a link below to the manual for the SunLion.
I know this is an old thread and all... but here are the specs from the website, which may not have been up at the time (I know there wasn't a link on the main AM website for a long time)
True Bypass on both sides
Two 3PDT stomp switches, one for each side. Either or both can be used.
Status LED on each side.
NOS NKT-275 Germanium transistors, selected for best tone and low noise on both effects.
High quality RE’AN British input and output jacks
Battery disconnected when INPUT cord removed (input is on the right).
ON/OFF battery switch integrated into FUZZ knob, so you don't have to unplug pedal if it’s in a pedalboard.
No Power jack as these are detrimental to the ultimate tones, and dangerous due to positive ground.
Battery should be a cheap non-alkaline general purpose battery, as found in the dollar stores. These will sound better than an alkaline.
Size is 4.75" wide, 3.75" long, and 1.5" tall not including switch etc (about 2 1/8" tall to the switch)
This effect should not have any non-true bypass effects in front of it. Otherwise, the fuzz’s cleanup function will not work well.
i'm considering a sun face, but i also saw this pedal with the boost in it. i already have a fat boost by fulltone and a way to boost with my bi-comp. does the beano boost offer anything different from these or would it be redundant for me? thanks.
The Fat-Boost and Beano are totally different. The Fat follows its name, in other words, it thickens and can get a little hair with the drive control. The Beano is a treble booster and gets a lot raunchier. It can be more piercing. I don't mean piercing in a bad way--into the right amp it rawks. But it's less polite than the Fat-Boost. (I like and have both.)
The Fat boost is like a Jack Orman booster circuit with a drive control.
The Beano Boost side of the SunLion is a circuit styled after the original Rangemaster Treble Boosters, which is a pretty different sound. This one has a three way switch to adjust the voicing, of which the full range sound would be closer to the range on the fat boost, but it will still be different as the circuitry is more like a germanium fuzz pedal with a different sound than a class A boost design...
If you don't have a Rangemaster style boost (which you don't), I would not think it would be redundant at all.... I'm quite sure it will be a different flavor of boost from the ones you already have (and at the very least can be set for a different boost sound than the other two you are using)...
Hmmm... I would really like one of these someday... but for now, I think I might just get a ToneFactor Huckleberry and set it to a Fuzz Face setting and use my Hellbilly in more of a Rangemaster setting... I'll have a nice little ToneFactor collection going... Would really love a SunLion, though... just can't swing the $335. Love my CompROSSor, though!