Most accurate Ram's Head clone?

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  1. mattpas

    mattpas Silver Supporting Member

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    I just checked and I have just enough of the same exact, original, green, ceramic caps to make four.
    Fell free to e-mail me if you would like one.
     
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    The tone is in the shoes...
     
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    michael patrick Supporting Member

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    Here's a pic of the board from the original RH in the video

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  4. cbm

    cbm Silver Supporting Member

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    An "Accurate Ram's Head" is not possible, I think. I have a real one, which I bought in the 70s, as well as maybe a dozen more modern variations. I also have a 70s Colorsound Supa Tonebender, which is more or less a Muff with one set of clipping diodes omitted.

    I've A/B-ed my Ram's Head against others of the same generation, and there's always some considerable difference. All the modern variations I have are different, although some are different by design. Bottom line for me is to pick one you like, and ignore how "accurate" it is. Right now, what's on my board is a SUF Violet Menace.
     
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    I've heard nothing but good things about SUF's ram's heads but have never tried one. I have the Electronic Orange Pig's Hoof. It's dreamy, thick, and rich. I love that fuzz. It's staying forever.
     
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    Is anyone else wondering when EHX will drop a Ram's Head Reissue since they've already redone almost all of the other iterations??
     
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    +1 best muff fuzz Ive ever had (and the only one that I still have)
     
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    Teleman76 Tubes-a-glowin Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a big box Caprid and a Cornish P-1 and have been more than happy with these to get close to the original Big Muff tones. Can’t go wrong either way. I’m not sure about the small enclosure Caprid as I’ve never played one and the big box versions are no longer made.
     
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    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    For years, the GGG-tuned Big Muff has been my flagship fuzz. That’s a very slightly tweaked VRH Muff.
     
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    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    I could be totally wrong, but I believe EHX is fairly committed to their overseas production.
    Digging up a bunch of vintage transistors and ceramic caps**, sending them overseas, then releasing a small-batch build... it just doesn't fit their current business model.

    Again, I could be totally wrong... but I don't ever expect to see a +50/-20% tolerance, through-hole-leaded, giant disc cap in an EHX product, ever again.


    BITD, we had one instrument store who carried pedals, and they put ONE copy at a time in their display case.... a Muff, an LPB-1, etc. It was a small town in southern Oregon... maybe 15,000 people.
    If you wanted to buy one, you had to buy the one in the case. As far as you knew, there was only one in the shop and they'd just say that was the one for sale.
    They did that with all the pedal brands they carried.
     
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    I just fired up my normal suf violet rams head.

    It was like an old friend. I didn’t want to play anything else. It stacks well with other drives. It has plenty of mids. It crushes. It sings. It punches and stings. Gorgeous.
     
  12. Pierce103

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    I bought a Vick Audio 73 Rams head on Pi Day.
    I got the rams head specifically to attempt some of The Wall sounds. Cant recommend it enough actually!
     
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    I'm not a collector but I do have a Vick's Audio '73 Rams head as well and to me it has the mojo. Great sounding pedal!
     
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    At the risk of sounding like some mamby-pamby cork sniffer, I’ll say that I have yet to find any modern clone that sounds just like a good vintage Muff. That said, the old Rams Heads were kind of all over the place in terms of quality and I’ve had to buy and sell a few in order to get one that I really like. The Russian Muffs seem to be a lot more consistent.

    As far as “accuracy”, my choice would be the big box W&C Caprid. But to be honest, I’ve had Muff clones from SUF, Skreddy, Pete Cornish and W&C that sound better and clearer and more crushing than any of my vintage ones.
     
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    SUF makes the Astoria, from my memory its a clone of a very good rams head purported to been owned by a certain DG
     
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    Thanks for the kind words.
    Glad you're still using and that you still like it.
     
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    I have a few vintage rams heads and I also own a lot of SUF pedals. I couldn't be happier with it really.... My Vote goes too SUF.. I think its been said that no two vintage sound the same and id probably agree with that.. Go with what sounds best to you :) I know very cliche.. sorry..
     
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    Thanks Mike.
     
  19. guitarslinger21

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    Matt,

    It's VRH #25. I sold it a number of years ago for whatever reason. Then, I ran across it on reverb in Portugal. I probably overpaid, but I HAD to have it back. I'm really lucky I found it. It's the one I used in this demo.

     
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  20. mattpas

    mattpas Silver Supporting Member

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    The main reason that most similar Big Muffs don't sound the same is the variance in part values used back then.
    That's great that you found the same one.
     

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