BFD Tremolo (Vintage Technology)

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  1. highfive!

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    Anyone familiar with the BFD trem? Fantastic sounding trem...

    I'm wondering what the internal trimmer is for. There's a bit of wax or gum holding it in place, and I don't want to break the seal...

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    if it sounds great , why would you want to mess with it?
     
  3. highfive!

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    For the further advancement of mankind.

    I'm wondering if it might be a volume boost, which could be helpful to me.
     
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    Any ideas as to what the trimmer might do?
     
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    My guess is a level control.
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  6. todd richman

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    highfive, is your BFD the original or one of the new ones being distributed through Bad cat Amps?
     
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    It's an original Vintage Technology version - the "Wall Wart Edition," meaning it can be powered by 9v battery or adaptor, rather than the AA/watch battery configuration the other originals use. Never seen another one...
     
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    I am curious about the internal trimmer too. I love the sound of this trem with the exception of the volume loss!

    Mine was distributed by Bad Cat and runs on a 9V battery only but was modded to true bypass by Vintage Technology according to the person I bought it from on eBay. It has the same trimpot but I haven't had the courage to break the seal either.

    The little documentation I've been able to find online mentions a 1dB volume drop when the pedal is engaged. It seems that if the trimpot was a volume level control they would set it for no volume loss...
     
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    I used to have a BFD trem and it used a 15volt battery.
    Sounded great but the volume loss was the kicker.
    It wouldn't do slow very well either.
     
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    not that ive tried one, but usually when theres something to keep it in place, its better in its place.

    you could mark its position and then move it and if it doesnt sound great, then move it back.
     

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