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My affinity for this circuit stems back to 2018 (during V1.0)
At the time, they were few and far between, and sold very quickly.

@XXL and I became buddies in the original sctmmc, and I asked if I could buy his MBD-1 (older one, with yellow MBD logo in pic above)

Eventually he hit me up, and offered it for a fair price.
Bought it.

When I received it, unfortunately the fuckers doing the shipping must've given it the Ace Ventura treatment.
Tone control didn't function properly.

I contacted Jeff of Damnation Audio, and he asked me to ship it back to him for repair.

There was a faulty solder joint on the tone control, which he fixed free of charge, and included some swag when he shipped it back on his dime.

That earned him a loyal customer, even if I don't dig everything he makes.

Anyways,
Once I plugged it in, and had a chance to give it a fair shake, I was sold.

That distorted bass tone I'd wanted for years, the sound in my head, was suddenly coming out of my amp.

Over time, I actually grew fonder of it, learning how flexible it is.
What it can and can't do.

It still, to this day, remains my yardstick by which I judge other bass dirts.
 

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I have a TC Electronic June 60 Chorus if anyone is interested. It's the chorus effect built into the '80s Roland Juno 60 Synthesizer and the pedal is a dead on accurate version of that sound. I thought I might use it combined with my phaser for a rotary speaker effects but after a quick test I decided to just buy a rotary pedal instead. So back in the box it went.

It's essentially brand new with box and all. The warm thick chorus effect might work as well with a bass as it does to keys. For guitar it wasn't what I wanted and anyway I really don't use a chorus pedal much anyway. Here's some demos


$50 shipped for any of you basstards.
 

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What do you guys think about the 4 knob TC Spark Booster?
There is one on TB for $50 and thought it might be something worth checking out.
Looking for tubeish light OD, light distortion.
I have one.
It's decent.
I don't use it anymore.
I could give it to you and save some dough.
 

Jim C

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I have one.
It's decent.
I don't use it anymore.
I could give it to you and save some dough.
You are incredibly kind. This will not be forgotten.
Since I have nothing but time on my hands, I listened to a zillion YouTube and I don't think I would use it that much.
I really appreciate your kindness and don't want to take advantage of the situation.

Next question: anyone have experience with an EBS MultiDrive?
 

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That’s awesome. Any difference in sound?

I ended up selling my MBD1 last year for some dumb reason. I just saw that a few are available new so I snagged one.
Between the latter version of the 1 and the 2?
No difference.
Much closer in sound.
I need to adjust the gain trimpot of the 1 to make it seamless.

However,
I have another version of the 1, that's older, with no input gain trimpot.
That version, will not sound like a 2.
 

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What do you guys think about the 4 knob TC Spark Booster?
There is one on TB for $50 and thought it might be something worth checking out.
Looking for tubeish light OD, light distortion.
I've been using it's Daddy and Grand Daddy for years but have always used it as a clean booster for guitar. It excels at that. Most transparent I've ever played. But I can also say that as an OD pedal it's quite good. Very broad dynamic range. If the Spark Booster uses a similar circuit it should give you what you're looking for Jim.

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The Grand Daddy above I bought in 1990 and it got stolen off the stage one night. They're pretty scarce on the used market and very pricey.

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This is the one I have now. It's the 1990s version without the line driver but otherwise much the same. They're also pretty scarce and pricey.
 

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Between the latter version of the 1 and the 2?
No difference.
Much closer in sound.
I need to adjust the gain trimpot of the 1 to make it seamless.

However,
I have another version of the 1, that's older, with no input gain trimpot.
That version, will not sound like a 2.
Thanks man. What do hear are the differences between the old 1 and the 2?

The one I had was from 2018. The best dirty bass sound I’ve had was that stacked with a DG Alpha Omicron in front set to light gain and an SB2 split coil. Looking to get that sound again.
 

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Thanks man. What do hear are the differences between the old 1 and the 2?
My old 1 has a fixed input gain (apparently around 75% according to Jeff at DA. No internal trimpot to adjust) and the clean channel will actually clip when fed a hot enough signal.
(So far, only my Tookay does that)
The gain range of the old 1 seems to sit in-between the range of normal and 20+ of the 2.
 

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My old 1 has a fixed input gain (apparently around 75% according to Jeff at DA. No internal trimpot to adjust) and the clean channel will actually clip when fed a hot enough signal.
(So far, only my Tookay does that)
The gain range of the old 1 seems to sit in-between the range of normal and 20+ of the 2.
Appreciate the info!
 

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This will sound like stupid post but I swear it's true.
Posted on TB and then remembered not all go to the dark side.
Ideas?

Love my tone and have been on the search for a light OD pedal for a bit of thickening and taking the edge off a clean tone for some songs.
I have / had a Broughton SV Pre and Fliptop, Linden pedal, VT bass DI, and Arion Bass OD.
They are all very nice but not exactly what I'm looking for. I found that the OD button on my little Peavey Max 100 practice amp is exactly what I'm looking for!
Any thoughts on how to get there with a pedal for my gigging rig?
https://peavey.com/ItemFiles/Manual/119095_37320.pdf
 

dedpool1052

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This will sound like stupid post but I swear it's true.
Posted on TB and then remembered not all go to the dark side.
Ideas?

Love my tone and have been on the search for a light OD pedal for a bit of thickening and taking the edge off a clean tone for some songs.
I have / had a Broughton SV Pre and Fliptop, Linden pedal, VT bass DI, and Arion Bass OD.
They are all very nice but not exactly what I'm looking for. I found that the OD button on my little Peavey Max 100 practice amp is exactly what I'm looking for!
Any thoughts on how to get there with a pedal for my gigging rig?
https://peavey.com/ItemFiles/Manual/119095_37320.pdf
I tried finding a reliable demo on YouTube, but came up empty.

Is there a specific song you can link, to give me an idea of the exact tone your looking for.

I have a copious amount of drive pedals, and know all they're sounds.

I could help you narrow it down.
 
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