Hi Mick, I tried the AC10 in PMT in Cambridge about 2 years ago. I thought it was a good sounding amp but very bright. I think it could work OK with the treble control set low for use with the preamp. I don't know about the AV amps. Regards, Charlie
Hi Mick, You would probably turn the treble right down, and the bass somewhere between fairly low and right down, and use the preamp tone. The unit will work very well for direct recording. Regards, Charlie
Hi Charlie, You mentioned that the normal channel on a Vox amp would be the favoured flattest response for the "EF86 Project" I have just bought the AC15CH Head and was wondering If the Tone Cut would need, also to be in a set position when using the "EF86 Project" preamp unit. Regards Carl.
If the normal channel of the AC15CH has a similar flat response then the cut control of that amp would be set for maximum treble when used with the new pedal. The tone control of the selected channel on the pedal would be used instead for tone control.
I would connect from the guitar to the H & C to the EF86 emulator pedal to the Zoom R8.
Hi Charlie. Any news re the progress of the EF86 project? (He asked timidly) Would this pedal be used with for example the Tech 21 Liverpool or an EQ pedal? Or would it be the only other pedal used with HCSE? Many thanks Dave
Wait a minute¡ I'm not the idiot you think I am! Oh! Which idiot are you then?
Hi Dave, Sorry, no more to report at this time other than I am told there are a couple of items still to cost. I am as disappointed as anyone that we have not got this project off the ground sooner. The unit would be used instead of another amp modeller such as the Tech 21 units but some might find additional EQ of some use. Regards, Charlie
Thanks, but sorry to say there is not much more news at this time. I have suggested a slight change to the case shape to allow the main board and its components a little more clearance from the top of the case. Stephen at the factory will be concentrating for the next week or two on trying to fix the Hall & Collins display issue that a few owners are experiencing. Regards, Charlie
Hi charlie looking forward to the sound samples, Do we have any idea of cost yet?
I am planning to start producing some instrumental sound demos in the next few days.
As for costs, we do have a better idea now. The unit itself will probably sell for around £145, but it will require its own power supply which will add about £25 to that. While this is more than I was hoping to be able to limit the selling price to, I believe there is nothing else quite like it on the market (emulating 2 different EF86 preamps, emulating the EL84 power amp, and emulating the speaker sound typically heard from those amps).
I have produced a recording of a cover version of Status Quo's Down Down. This features 3 tracks of my Fender Telecaster (basically triple tracked) and 1 track of my Vintage VSA535 (335 copy). These 4 tracks were recorded in each case with the guitar connected directly to the pedal input, the early EF86 channel was selected (which emulates the AC15 from 1959 as used on Apache) and the volume and tone controls were set to maximum, the speaker emulation was switched on, and the output connected directly to the computer sound card's line input. Further EQ in the recording software was applied to each guitar track, about 3dB boost at 3KHz, and about 3dB boost at about 200Hz. I hope you like it. app.box.com/s/c6zb1lnsf3e4hzquis0lld16s28miyvq
Hi Roger, Thanks, pleased to know you can hear the Vox sound in there! I was pleased with the bloom at 2:12 to 2:26, which is something I have heard from Vox amps in a live band setting. The power supply will almost certainly be the same as the Hall & Collins one. We did do a test using a single power supply to run both the H & C and the new pedal at the same time but it resulted in a bad hum because the power supply puts out AC voltage (which both pedals must have). Regards, Charlie
Hi Alan, Thanks for your kind comments. I will be recording some demos of Shads tunes with my other Strat which is strung with 12s. We don't have a finished casing yet so it will be some while before we can do pics. The planned colour is the same burgundy as used on the H & C.
Hi hanky, Thanks for your enthusiastic comments. I thought I would post the Quo track to see if there could be interest for the unit for players of other styles that like Vox amps. I believe the EF86 sound is well liked in the US, so it would be very good for everyone if interest in the unit can be got from there. I will be doing some Shadows tunes as soon as I can. You shouldn't need the Gemini III if you have the "EF86" pedal, which should look very good on your board as it is planned to be the same burgundy colour as the H & C. We can do pics after we have a casing with artwork made. Regards, Charlie
Hi Alan, Agreed, but the circuit board and switches and pots are at 2 different heights so daughter boards will have to be made for the pots. Unfortunately because of this we can't have the recessed control panel like the H & C as the case would have to be much higher to fit it all in. Even without considering that, we have had some trouble deciding the best way to design the case. Regards, Charlie
Anticipation is growing fast ..... The demo certainly has that hot, edgy, focussed Circuit 2 sound happening in spades, to my ears. It's not subtle is it! The early Hank VOX sound had real attitude and excitement (almost bordering on 'anarchy'), and I can hear those attributes here (as did Bruce's Jazzmaster electric work). Looking forward to further news - particularly on the (punchy but singing) Circuit 3 tones in due course.