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Deluxe Electric Mistress volume drop?

James M

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Is it just my pedal, or is this normal? Is there a volume trimpot inside? I could just look, but (a) I may not know what I'm looking for, and (b) it's nicely on my pedalboard right now. If there is no trimpot, is there a mod to fix this? I checked Analogman and didn't see one listed.
 

NeilYoungFan

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That's unfortunately "normal" for that pedal, as well as with many other EH pedals, too...
 
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redeyeflight

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hmmm...I'd have to disagree with this. My deluxe electric mistress has a mild volume boost when engaged. I dont know if it's an original or reissue? Doen't have a built in power supply if that helps date it
 

Turnipfarmer

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i have two vintage deluxe electric mistress' and neither have a volume drop. then again none of my dirt pedals is set for volume much higher than unity. If you usually use a dirt pedal or booster cranked to slam the front of your amp then an EH modulation pedal between them will usually equal either perceived or real volume drop.
 

Angle Loss

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I have a vintage one with a very slight volume drop. You can easily remedy this by finding the resistor in the negative feedback loop of one of the opamps and replace with a slightly higher value. I did this to my Bad Stone and it worked great (after I rehoused it, I used a full potentiometer as a volume knob for it). It should only be a one resistor mod.
 

strings2wood

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I have a Deluxe Electric Mistress and it's the norm with this pedal.
Either a Howard Davis Mod- or
I am considering a looper with my clean boost-
seems weird but-
I already have a clean boost and am picking up a looper.

Only a thought because a Howard Davis Mod would mean shipping a large pedal
from Australia to the U.S.
then pay return shipping-
just to have this normal anomoly Howard Davis modded
(I was considering asking Tim Evans in Melbourne) or just live with it.

I remember someone posting there is no volume drop on this pedal when I mentioned it in a previous thread
- unless they had a one off I couldn't believe they said there is no volume drop. (Obviously noticeable imo).
 

ChaseTMP

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I had the same problem with an EH Bad Stone and ended-up getting a volume potentiometer installed on the side as well as a true-bypass and LED mod. I had, "Junior", from True Tone Music, in Santa Monica, do the work and it was about $50. Pedal worked and sounded great .
 

James M

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Thanks, all...well, I typically run a clean boost before the Mistress, which I guess explains the volume drop (the boost is set above unity), but I could swear I hear a bit of drop even with just the Mistress engaged....
At any rate, I may look at the Howard Davis mod. Thanks for the advice!
 

SmelltheGlove

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+1 on the Howard Davis mods. A worthwhile upgrade.

(because I just went the M9 route, I have one I might be willing to part with - Howard Davis modded DEM with no volume drop, LED added, Vintage (non-Deluxe version) mod - pm me if interested. :hide )
 
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stratotastic

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+1 on the Howard Davis mods. A worthwhile upgrade.

(because I just went the M9 route, I have one I might be willing to part with - Howard Davis modded DEM with no volume drop, LED added, Vintage (non-Deluxe version) mod - pm me if interested. :hide )
Sorry for the further digression, but what are you using on your M9 for the DEM sound?
 




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