In Praise of Rangemasters

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  1. DC1

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    I have a Toneman. Not made anymore, but there are lots of people making good ones, and as long as the Germanium transistor supply holds out, you can still get one.

    Someone recently called these "the sound of rock" and boy are they right.

    I use mine with a Marshall and it rules, but here is what flips me out: I bought a new Pigtronix Polysaturator and it is a really nice pedal. I did not go gaga over it, but I liked it a lot.

    Put the Rangemaster in front...

    YEOWW! great pedal!

    I have a Creation Audio Labs "Holy Fire" and it is a nice pedal, but I did not warm up to it...

    Put the Rangemaster in front...

    YEOWW! great pedal!


    Amazing what this thing does in getting you that sound. You have heard it, you have wanted it. It's a Rangemaster, and if you have not tried one, you need to.

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  2. rock69

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    I have a Danneberg Super Ranger,best Rangemaster I have tried.
    I use it to drive my Marshall.
     
  3. deadlyorigami

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    just got a Beano Boost and it's changing everything for me.
     
  4. DC1

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    It's just stupid what that pedal does. I guarantee no one has that sound in their fingers...

    :rotflmao


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  5. DC1

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    I gotta get a Sunlion....



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    I just got a Sunlion and I love it!
     
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    love my AM Beano Boost.... either straight into a cranked amp or stacked with another OD at lower volumes....
     
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    i have one (Coleman Wizard: a 6 way rangemaster). It is the sound if rock!
     
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    My OCD was on the way out until I stacked it w/ a Germania, now they're inseperable. Would love to try a Beano...
     
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    My Sunlion will be with me forever....
     
  11. DC1

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    Who makes these?


    thanks

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  12. deadlyorigami

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    I'm just gonna get me a Sunface and make my own.
     
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    I use a Time Machine Boost. It's an incredible pedal! I'm not sure what I'd do without it now.
     
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    I have my eye on a throbak range master type.
     
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    This thread inspired me to search my local Music Go Rounds for one and sure enough there was a BBE Freq Boost available for $45 so I got out & bought it today. I brought one of my heads to try it out in the store and honestly, I have never played through a treble booster before but from all of the descriptions I've read it sounded almost exactly how I imagined it would. Which is to say, damn good.
     
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    I've said it before and Im sure I'll say it again...first time I pligged in wiht a high quality Rangemaster clone (an AnalogMan Beano) I found LOADS of tones I'd heard before but never was able to cop...amzaing units!
     
  17. DC1

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    Yeah, I almost don't want to say too much for letting the cat outta the bag...

    Oh well, that's what we're here for...


    heh


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    I just built one on perf, but I haven't wired it up yet. I'm going to put it in an enclosure after a fuzz face and make my own sunlion.
     
  19. DC1

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    Cool! We expect a full report.


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    After playing with it today I'm having a hard time justifying having it over something like my SD-1 or TS9. Granted, this is the BBE. Not that it's bad. It's probably doing what its supposed to and I like it but it seems like it's a gritty, cut-bass, increased mids pedal much like an SD-1/TS9 set for clean boost (Volume full, Gain off).

    I thought, well the difference must be that it's clean vs. slightly dirty. But I turned the BBE's knob until it was almost off into my clean channel, low input, and it was still breaking up.

    A/B-ing the BBE vs. my SD-1 into my drive channel there was a slight difference but they did relatively the same thing: cut the lows, pushed the mids.The BBE seemed tighter in the lows but the SD-1 could produce more distortion/gain with less hiss.

    Whipping out my GE7 I thought maybe I could reproduce what it was doing. There is a pronounced frequency the BBE is boosting (thus "Frequency Boost". duh.) but I wouldn't call it treble. I thought it might be 800k from the GE7 but I THINK it's somewhere between 400-800k. I couldn't quite nail it with the available sliders. Then again, no reason I couldn't use 800k. Be original.

    All I'm saying is unless all other "treble" boosters are different from this one, there are other ways to achieve what it's doing. I just don't need another "cut-bass, push mids" boost pedal.
     

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