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Catalinbread Hyper Pak vs. Zvex Box of Rock

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by spiritofeden, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. spiritofeden

    spiritofeden Member

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    Can they really sound the same? I'm looking for a jtm45 vibe. I loved the MENATONE WMB but it's too expansive. Any reasonable alternative?
     
  2. TweedBassman

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    i've played both. main difference is (and both are awesome) the hyper pak will get you there if you're already kinda close with your amp and pedals, it's a great addition to what you have.

    the BoR is more of it's own thing, with the tone of the pedal really taking over, making it sound marshall-esque no matter where you started really.
     
  3. erksin

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    The HyperPak doesn't sound like the BoR IMO (from my foggy memory of the BoR) - it certainly wasn't designed to sound like a JTM45 anyway.

    Listen for yourself - I think it has a lot more bottom than a typical Marshall-inspired box:

    http://www.catalinbread.com/Hyperpak.html
     
  4. Stratosfear

    Stratosfear Supporting Member

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    TO my ears the Hyperpak wasn't nearly as cool as the BOR, certainly not as flexible. Also, the Hyperpak was very noisy, and surprisingly low in output. Just my two cents.
     
  5. erksin

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    I'll concede the flexibility part - but the rest isn't normal. Did you contact us about it..?
     
  6. Soothsayer

    Soothsayer (Paul) Supporting Member

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    I liked the Hyperpak, nice grinding distortion but not like a JTM 45. The BOR is nice as well but its really a two stage booster with tone control. IMHO neither would get you JTM-45 tones.
     
  7. Squigglefunk

    Squigglefunk Senior Member

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    the hyperpak was a little too rambunctious so I modded it with some ritalin and now it's pretty mellow.
     
  8. catalinbread

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    Low output is not a hallmark characteristic of the HyperPak. Recently I actually had to lower the output a bit just because it was too much. All the best!
     
  9. Merelington

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    True, its not very flexible but the strong point is its uber silent operation and high output..you wouldn't expect these characteristics out of such a tiny inexpensive pedal. Great job catalinbread!
     
  10. spiritofeden

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    I happend to test it this afternoon and it made a strange noise in the back, I believed it was due to the neon lights in the room. But I didn't notice the low output to be honest...
     
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