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Offline Paul Marossy

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« on: July 22, 2009, 12:03:59 PM »
If you like the sound of the AC30 top boost, there is this DIY pedal called the "English Channel", which is an FET simulation of the brilliant input of a 1961 Vox AC30. It really does pretty much nail the tone of the AC30. And what is really cool is that I don't have to spend $1500 to get that sound.

This is a keeper, I only have this and and my Ibanez TS808 clone on my main pedal board at the moment. It only took me eight years of building this and that to find the tone I was looking for. Better late than never, I guess. [:I]

Just in case there are any DIYer's here, this is the link to the schematic: http://www.runoffgroove.com/englishchannel.html

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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009, 01:59:11 PM »
Do you make these from the provided kits, Paul? Or are you making them from scratch (or at all)?

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2009, 02:23:34 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Titus Pullo

Do you make these from the provided kits, Paul? Or are you making them from scratch (or at all)?



I made mine from scratch, but there also a kit of it for sale. The cost is $75 - http://www.olcircuits.com/olc_englishchannel.html

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009, 03:15:50 PM »
And you don't need to lug around nearly 70 pounds of amplifier. I used a 1970 Vox AC-30 in Abbey Road and the sound was simply killer.

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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009, 03:20:21 PM »
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Originally posted by uburoibob

And you don't need to lug around nearly 70 pounds of amplifier. I used a 1970 Vox AC-30 in Abbey Road and the sound was simply killer.

Bob



Yeah, all those great sounding amps weight as much as a Volkswagen! [:o)]

I never really tried an AC30, but I must say that it sounds great. It's the first "amp" I have played that sounds warm and chimey without being harsh sounding.

I love the sound of my Fender amps, but I end up having to make them rather dark sounding so they don't so harsh. Must have to do with the tonestack arrangement between the two manufacturers...

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2009, 04:17:22 PM »
I thought perhaps you could offer your services building the kits for a few bucks plus the shipping to the interested party!
$75 kit plus your labor and $8 shipping would still be less than the built price on the website.

And this way the pedal would match the 2FlyBob [:)]

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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2009, 09:04:13 PM »
I might be curious about this as well...

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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2009, 10:29:24 PM »
So what would this sound like plugged in to, say, a Boogie MK IV? Curious minds want to know...

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2009, 11:21:44 PM »
I'm thinking any Fender, or Fender clone circuit amp, would certainly benefit if it's as good as Paul says, and I tend to take his word for it.
My little 5 watt Class A 6L6 might like it! Or even one of my Champs.

Paul ... ?

Edit: 6V6, not 6L6 ... duh

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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2009, 07:18:46 AM »
Got me curious too.

Cost for a PMvox mod pedal?

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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2009, 09:39:10 AM »
I could build you guys a pedal using that kit linked above if you want me to. But my understanding is that you get a bare metal enclosure with the kit. So if you wanted it painted, that would be a bit extra.

I'm thinking about $135 for a completed pedal plus about 8$ shipping. Add $20 for a pedal painted for you. If you're interested, send me an email at diyguitarist at embarqmail dot com.

Anyhow, I used mine last night for the first time in a live setting, and I thought it sounded great. Worked really well. I'm glad that I built it. [8D]

This is mine: (in an enclosure I used for something else a few years ago)



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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2009, 10:19:18 AM »
I really have a Vox ac30 in a box!

Have a look at my VOX AC-1 lol
http://www.google.it/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.voxshowroom.com%2Fuk%2Famp%2Fac1.html&ei=RH9oStyILpKlsAb3z7yWBw&usg=AFQjCNEJliL2BFtw0iFNaPKZVOWnM74hTw&sig2=thx-B5pqUN0ExKOiB31bog

and by the way it sounds better than that pedal which imo sounds pretty fake, and I have 2 AC30s (one with greens, one with blues)

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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2009, 11:09:29 AM »
If you pair it up with the right amp, that English Channel nails the AC-30 tone. Close enough that most people will accept it as sounding pretty close. I think it's a good compromise myself. I use mine with a 15 watt Gregory Mark X that has a 20 watt OEM Eminence alnico speaker in it. It's got the tone man. [:p]

Of course, as always, there is nothing like the real thing. [;)]

EDIT: BTW, that soundclip at runoffgroove.com was recorded into a Randall solid state amp and thru a microphone. That accounts for some of reasons why it might sound fake to some people.

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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2009, 12:25:27 PM »
I wish there were some decent clips of the pedal. The one on the site is rather ... ah ... anyway.

Clips of the English Channel pedal, anyone?

Paul, how's the noise on this stomp box?  There's a bit of hiss in the demo clip. Not terrible, but of note.
I realize no pedal is noiseless, but this isn't something I can demo before buying.

Thanks!

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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2009, 01:02:25 PM »
It's actually very quiet. My DIY digital reverb makes more noise than this pedal does. At least with the way that I set my controls.

This is how I like to run it (pointer facing):

Volume - 2:00 o'clock
Bass - 1:00
Cut - 11:00
Treble - 2:30
Master Volume - 10:00

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