Mi Audio Crunch Box first impressions

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Melodic Dreamer, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Melodic Dreamer

    Melodic Dreamer Member

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    My Crunch Box arrived yesterday. I got to play with it for a few hours through my Flexi 50. It's about the same size as my Timmy pedal. As soon as I plugged it up, I started twisting knobs in every direction. One thing is for sure about this pedal, it can get freaking loud if needed to be. I have it set up at 9:30 Volume, 9:00 tone and 9:30 distortion with the Flexi set pretty clean. This just fits my setup really well, but will change from day to day.:dude

    Anyway..... I pulled up a few mp3's to jam along to (Hendrix, Michael Landau, Eric Johnson, Van Halen, AC/DC and some Yngwie Malmsteen). Van Halen, AC/DC and Malmsteen wasn't that hard to achieve at all. This pedal really nails that sorta tone. I put on Michael Landau's "Big Bulge" live version and got pretty darn close. The high end really nails that hairy Plexi sound. I let my room-mate hear the pedal and asked what he would describe the tone as..... he said very peachy. I was like yea... it's real furry. lol

    It has Plenty of gain on tap. Any amount of distortion Van Halen would use is pretty easy to capture. Thats a lot of gain in my opinion. Lower the mids on the amp and you can nail a really good hard/heavy rock tone "Alice N Chains" and so on.

    This pedal is worth the money big time. I use to own a ToneBone Hot British pedal, this bad boy is so much better in my opinion. It has more gain and a more amp like tone. The tonebone was just to smooth sounding, The Crunch box really captures the essence of a cranked plexi with a good treble booster in front of it.
     
  2. jlagrassa

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    Thanks for the report, that just makes my wait that much harder........... but should have mine in a couple of days and will chime in as well!

    Quick question for you how well does it react to you guitars volume knob?
     
  3. Melodic Dreamer

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    Not bad at all. I will admitt I have played a lot of other pedals that cleaned up better, but it still does a good job.
     
  4. RickB

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    Thanks for the report. I am glad to hear that it replaced your Hot British. I have been searching for a pedal that will do that for me and I have high hopes of the Crunch Box. I have tried others and nothing has really gotten close.

    Just curious, where did you order your CB from? I have one on order but the dealer hasn't gotten them yet.
     
  5. jlagrassa

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    Rick I ordered mine direct from MI Audio!
     
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    I've got one incoming from Michael as well, & it should be here any day. I ordered mine a week ago, direct from MI Audio on Wed, 2/8, & I think it's a week to 10 days to get to the states. I'll chime in with tone reports after I've tried it out.
     
  7. Lution

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    I'm looking forward to your report too. I'm hoping you'll post some clips too! :)

    We have close to the same sound (strat into a Blackface). I'm still looking for a nice hard rock pedal.

    Lution
     
  8. drolling

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    So this puppy turns a bf fender into a marshall? I've heard that one before..

    Guess I've got to try one for myself...
     
  9. jlagrassa

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    At the moment I'm using a Tonebone classic for the heavy stuff I find it works excellent into a BF type amp and Tweed, I'm hoping the Crunch Box works out so I can reduce the size of my pedalboard by taking the TB Classic off.......... so far I have high expectations of the CB!
     
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    That is my main reason too. I would like a normal size pedal that can be powered by my PP2. Plus the Hot British is pretty noisy.
     
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    If you have the tone on 9:00 and it is still hairy like Van Halen, then it sounds like it is significantly more raw/aggressive than the V-Stack Classic. The V-Stack Classic is quite smooth unless the cut is set quite low. Anyone compared both? (Not that either characteristic is bad.)
     
  12. Melodic Dreamer

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    I ordered mine direct as well.

    The High-end is very well pronounced. I keep my Flexi with enough highs for that clean sparkle, but I have more of a deep sound than most. If one cranks the tone knob on the pedal there is a great amount of highs. So I keep the pedal with a pretty neutral sound. It has a pretty aggressive tone compared to the ultra smooth creamy sound a lot of these newer pedals have. This thing has an amp like tone. The high-end really has that Plexi sound.

    Someone spoke about the Tonebone having noise issues. Well, the Crunch Box has some noise when cranked/pushed, but what would one expect from a highgain peal. The gain around halfway is enough for any rocker in my opinion.
     
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    Is the CB an oamp (chip ) based pedal or mosfet.
     
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    The clips on the MI site sound very midrangey to me. Any thoughts on the midrange tone? Also how's the bass response: rolled off, wooly, tight or some other adjective that might give us an idea.
     
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    Is this the type of pedal you'd buy if you like the distortion of your amp or is it mainly if you have a clean amp and want to get all your distortion from your pedal?
     
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    I'd like to know too.
     
  17. drolling

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    Check out jlagrassa's clip on the other 'crunchbox' thread. Strat into a clean fender deluxe - sounds like a dimed marshall stack
     

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