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So just how dirty should the repeats be on an AD99?

readymade

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Just picked up an Ibanez AD99 delay off of craigslist for a stupidly nice price (the enclosure is beat). Everything seems to work, but the repeats are very dirty--they sound almost overdriven. I have some experience with analog delays--I have a Jacques Prisoner currently, and have had one of the DOD analog delays, a Guyatone, and a RI AD9. None of them sounded this "brown," and I was wondering if maybe there's something wrong with the AD99. Thanks in advance for your responses. . .
 

mrbluetone

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Mine sounds clean so I bet someone messed with the internal trimmers...whenever you try to take it from 300ms to 400ms+ they get dirty.
 

burner

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Just picked up an Ibanez AD99 delay off of craigslist for a stupidly nice price (the enclosure is beat). Everything seems to work, but the repeats are very dirty--they sound almost overdriven. I have some experience with analog delays--I have a Jacques Prisoner currently, and have had one of the DOD analog delays, a Guyatone, and a RI AD9. None of them sounded this "brown," and I was wondering if maybe there's something wrong with the AD99. Thanks in advance for your responses. . .
ARRGH!
You bought the $50 one didn't you?
I sent an email to the guy but never heard back, now I know why....
 

readymade

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Yep, that was me. He was also the one selling the Fender Princeton for $200, but it was on hold when I emailed him.

By the way, I messed with one of the trimpots in the AD99 (there are four!) and I guess I picked the right one. Sounds really nice now!
 

JoeP

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Are there trimpots on the Boss DD3? I've got a issue with the ''dirty" repeats also.
 

HBob

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Yep, that was me. He was also the one selling the Fender Princeton for $200, but it was on hold when I emailed him.

By the way, I messed with one of the trimpots in the AD99 (there are four!) and I guess I picked the right one. Sounds really nice now!
Do you have to take the circuit board out? I opened mine and all I see is the soldered side of the board. Nary a trimpot in sight.
 

readymade

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HBob--

I did have to pull out the board. There are four trimpots on the other side. . . I messed around with them a bit more and I think I have the pedal dialed in a bit better.

And speaking from recent experience, I definitely recommend marking where the pots are before you start turning any!
 

StompBoxBlues

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HBob--

I did have to pull out the board. There are four trimpots on the other side. . . I messed around with them a bit more and I think I have the pedal dialed in a bit better.

And speaking from recent experience, I definitely recommend marking where the pots are before you start turning any!
yup, mark them and also (in todays technology...very easy) take a digitall photo. ANY time I open up electronics for any reason I take a few high-res digital images. It's GREAT to have a reference later. I did this with an amp I modded, and when putting it back together, there were some contact points, plugs, without any wires in...I got worried suddenly, but referred to the image and saw there weren't any there, so it was cool.

This applies to anything you work on, even cars, etc.

I have the AD-999 and also, for me the thing is not as good as I thought it would be from the raves here. I kept it though and will see later if I like it better with some new amps I have. For me the Deep Blue was amazing, also loving the Nova Delay.
 

readymade

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I like the AD99, but for size and sound I just grabbed a Keeley-modded AD9. I also don't use the modulation feature on the Prisoner too much, so it (and the AD99) are on the way out (posted them in the Emporium yesterday, actually). Hopefully the Keeley will do what I want--some slapback and some out-of-control psych stuff.
 

HBob

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Well I finally made my way to the internal ( very internal ) trimpots and Set things a little differently. I can now get it to self oscillate and I have it set for a slightly longer delay. As long as I could get before it started making bad noises. Pretty cool! Thanks guys!
 




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