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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Parttime, Jan 8, 2019.
Edit - @nickurso -that should have read ‘a no-nonsense rundown’!
So sorry about that.
Great pedal. The delay is killer and the preamp has been an “always on” effect since I got mine. I don’t think you would regret getting one.
No worries I speak fluent typo and auto correct
There’s an internal dipswitch that keeps it from overdriving the echo side. At least that worked for mine. I don’t have mine on my live board anymore only because I need a delay with tap tempo but I have an Atomic Brain.
They are amazing.
This is actually a very good point. The internal treble cut switch eliminates that ‘issue’ if you need it. I like it as is for filtertons and humbuckers but find that it really helps to round out the sound when using single coils (Jaguar).
Mmmm........I'm a notorious non-pedal guy. But now you've got me thinking.........
Yep, I actually wish that switch was a small toggle on the outside. I like to switch between my BJP and Strat.
I tried the dipswitch but it cut the highs too much.
I can't speak for the "mystery brain" but it gets a lot of love on this forum.
I would like to own one but, over the years I have had a number of pedals go faulty on me. A Wampler Ego, a Virtual sound H2O and a couple of other less significant items.
The sheer number of things in the one box keeps me from buying. I have no idea how it would be repaired in this little part of the world or who would do it. And my whole board would be in it.
They are built like tanks and you can always send it back to Tavo for a repair. That’s one of the differences with dealing with the Nocturne Brain is they are accessible
Tavo has always been easy to deal with but I can see this being an issue for someone not in the North American continent. That said you don’t see complaints of failed pedals. Statistically it will happen, components fail just how it it, but I also don’t believe he uses to much that is inaccessible. Not counting some of his NOS items. I can’t remember anyone ever complaining about a failed pedal.
I have many Nocturne pedals that I gig regularly.......many times every week out in the world being transported and used. I have never had one single solitary issue with any of them. However, if I DID I know I could just call Tavo up and get it fixed.
I fully believe you would REALLY enjoy a Mystery Brain. I can in good faith recommend them to any/everyone. Whatever level of satisfaction you have currently with your tone/signal chain.....a MBrain WILL make it even better. Puts a huge smile on my face every time I turn on my rig.......sometimes I turn it OFF just so I can turn it back ON again and remember how lucky I am.
You ever have a look at the cost of shipping to and from Australia to the USA?
I have done some shipping to Australia.
You’re looking at about $60 USPS with no insurance once it leaves US customs.
FedEx and UPS can guarantee delivery but it could cost twice as much.
The point I was making is that return to the manufacturer for repairs is not an option. Thanks for confirming it.
there is a trimpot inside (little tiny one) that allows you to boost or cut the preamp that sits on the echo circuit, I set it slightly boosted because use of the Echo alone kind of requires a bit of preamp punch to the circuit but if you tend to really goose the atomic brain portion of the Mystery Brain (ie. an atomic brain w a few more options) then you might want to turn the trimmer back a little bit for a cleaner slap back. That said, it wasnt made to be a clean echo, not at all. It's designed to replicate the saturation "smear" from slamming tape w a strong input signal. This is what you would get from an echoplex EP-1 tube tape echo.
In the Mystery brain there are 3 actual preamps cascading into each other but only if switched on. The Atomic Brain preamp with its opamp, the echo circuit w its op amp powered preamp, and even the photocell vibrato has its own preamp w another op amp chip.
I think I need a word smith to help me with the nerd smith here, but this is built to give you the sound of a guitar going into an RE-301 roland space echo, then layering echoplex over the top, then mixed down to an old tape machine and mastered on pro tools (ala brian setzer studio methods). OR... to disassemble that and tweak it to how you play. I told someone today that in this box is Cowboys AND Space Clowns.
Here's some Space Clowns from the BS-301 Mystery Brain