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Foxx Tone Machine or French Toast ...without octave

fishinjim

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If there was no octave switch on a Foxx Tone Machine, along what lines of fuzz would the circuit be comparable to?

Asking as I'm a fan of the little Danelectro French Toast pedal, but I never use the octave switch, and I always keep the gain way down or off.
Can't seem to get any other fuzz/od's/distortion pedals to come up with the same sounds I'm getting out of that pedal.
Have tried tonebenders, fuzz faces, muffs and others to match French Toast sound I'm getting. A couple of muff variants have come close, but not close enough.
 

DonaldDemon

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To my ears it's just got its own thing going on. A very fat and wooly fuzz. I use the fuzz by itself 99% of the time on my HBE UFO. It's still my favorite fuzz of all.
 

boppy

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I'm not sure about the circuitry, but I've always thought the French Toast has a sort of Mosrite Fuzzrite vibe about it.
 

8strings0hair

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Yeah, I believe the French Toast is a copy of the Foxx Tone Machine.
So is the HBE UFO (which I owned and loved).
Lately I've been eyeing the MXR La Machine. Tried one in the store, and I liked the range of the knobs (especially volume) better than the UFO.
I'm like the OP, I like the quality of the fuzz, without the octave engaged.
 

BluesHarp

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Prescription Electronics Experience lets you use the fuzz with or without the octave.
 

tremolo3

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I love my French Toast stacked with the Ultimate Drive into my Twin Reverb, but the $hitty switch forces me to use it in a bypass looper... If only I could get that sound in a single small stomp box.
 

fishinjim

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I love my French Toast stacked with the Ultimate Drive into my Twin Reverb, but the $hitty switch forces me to use it in a bypass looper... If only I could get that sound in a single small stomp box.

Looper pedal for me too. OD fed by the French Toast as well.
The pedal seems to play well with others, either before or after in the chain... as long as the gain isn't up too high.

I have one on the workbench of a local pedal builder waiting for a rehouse.

Had some interest in the La Machine when it came out, then sort of forgot about it. May have to revisit that interest. I like that its a bit more compact than many FTM clones.
 




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