What are some good all valve dirt pedals?

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  1. DrainBamage

    DrainBamage Member

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    Looking for a good all valve dirt pedal. Dosnt have to have a lot of gain. One tube, two, dosnt mater. Three knobs, five, dosnt matter. Price, dosnt matter. No starved plate pedal. Needs to be a high voltage pedal normal operating pedal. No diodes so no blackstar. The newer tube kings look nice. Just seeing whats out there and what you guys are using.
     
  2. Kelly

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    fryette s.a.s.
     
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    I know you said no blackstar , so I just wanted to say I own HT dual distortion pedal, I bought it 2nd hand. Within 8 months of constant use live and rehearsal, the pots became crackly, the footswitches became temperamental and sometimes It would cut out completely. I don't know if I got faulty one but I don't use it anymore.

    I now use a Wampler Triple Wreck and couldn't be happier.

    Sorry to hijack the thread!
     
  4. Abandoned

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    A lot of people like the Kingsley Minstel, as well as a lot of other Kingsley pedals.
     
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    I've got a friend that's looking at tracing the Fryette. It is running an EF86 at full voltage but does also have diodes clipping to ground, so I guess sort of a hybrid. My understanding is that many of the "tube pedals", even the ones using full voltages are still hybrid designs with some clipping coming from diodes. I've used:

    SIB Varidrive: the newer version is more flexible, gain levels from clean boost to almost metal, 3 band EQ, quite quiet. It is a huge pedal... Tone favors Fender amps.

    Siegmund: fairly low gain and generic sound to my ears.

    Matchless Hotbox: actually turns a Fender into a Matchless, that great chime and high end bite. A killer sounding box.

    Buddah: Marshall in a box. Doesn't respond a lot to tube changes so my guess is there's some diode clipping going on. These are pretty cheap, well worth finding...

    Hughes and Kettner "Machine" 1/2 rack units: these are real, single ended amps running into a dummy load and then reamplified by a SS amp if you want. They do sound very amp like with variable amounts of gain and or clean sound depending on the model. Highly recommended and undervalued.

    Mesa Vtwin: not very flexible, the amount of gain is really high, kind of noisy. Still, if you plug one of these into a stout tube power amp (like a Mesa 2:90) it sounds like a rectifier should.
     
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    Just picked up a Jester and it is amazing. Definitely check out the Kingsley line.
     
  7. DrainBamage

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    Thanks for all the great info folks!
     
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    +1 for the SIB Varidrive
     
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    Effectrode Tube Drive. Can't say enough about it.
     
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    +1 on the original Matchless Hot Box. It's basically the entire preamp section of a Matchless Amp.
     
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    The Soldano Supercharger sounded amazing. Too bad it was so noisy.
    I always wanted to try running a rack preamp into an old Marshall or 100 watt Bassman.
     
  13. Buks

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    Vox AC4TV

    Not a pedal, but can be had for similar price and has great tube overdrive.
     
  14. Pointy Headstock

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    +1 on the Fryette SAS...Very unique sounding pedal that can do boost, overdrive/distortion and fuzz...Guitar Center had them as part of their winter clearence sale last month (I got one in a sealed box for $119).
     
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    BK Butler Tube Driver

    EHX
     
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    Behringer makes a tube distortion pedal housed in a memory man style box that's really more like a tube fuzz. It's cool and weird - and cheap.
     

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