September 8, 2006


by Chris Randall

How's that for six spaces of tasty analog? You're looking at my electric piano live effects station, half-way completed. Still a ways to go, but I'm fairly pleased with the results thus far. I was a little hesitant about the phaser, but now that I have it, I'm impressed with its range of tones. It doesn't have as much juice as a Bi-Phase, the only other 6/12 phaser I'm intimately familiar with, but it has a much broader pallette. The LFO goes up to 250Hz, which is well in to audible (and thus ring-mod-ish) territory.

Has anyone but me noticed the difference in build quality between the older Big Briar pedals and the newer Moog ones? The LPF and Phaser (both Big Briar, as you can see) seem to be made of much sterner stock than the ring mod. The pots are firmer, and they just feel more solid. Of course, all three are built like tanks, but the Big Briar models seem to be more tankish.

In any case, now I have to get a CP251 and the rack tray for same. A couple little things go in the empty spot on that tray, and we're 2/3rds done. I still need to pick up an A/D/A for the whole fiesta, but that's easy enough.

UPDATE: Amos from Moog sez on MatrixSynth the following:

The part number and supplier are the same on the new Moog 'foogers as the Big Briar ones... lifespan of the pots is the same, but the turning resistance and smooth, damped feel have totally changed over the last couple of years. Moog have been in a fight with CTS for the last year over this issue, with CTS insisting they are delivering the same pots as before. Clearly they are not... hopefully this will be remedied soon. Note that newer Moogerfoogers such as the MuRF and Bass MuRF have the solid, smooth-turning pots you would expect.

Good enough explanation for me. I mean, it's not like the pots are bad or anything; it's just that the older ones feel better.




Sep.08.2006 @ 3:57 PM

Is that for the "FrankenWurlitzer" project you were mentionning earlier this year?


Sep.08.2006 @ 4:08 PM
What, no delay?

Sep.08.2006 @ 4:30 PM
This is a weird question... the specs say the moog pedals are 6 inches wide... but does that include both of the wood sides? Basicly, I am curious if two pedals side by side would be closer to 13 inches. I am looking for effects to go with another peice of equipment 13 inches wide, and it would just look nice to have it all mounted together to be about the same width.

Sep.08.2006 @ 4:42 PM
Chris Randall
You have to take two of the wood pieces out to get all three to fit in the rack space. In my case, I left the cheeks on the LPF, then took the right one out of the phaser and the left one out of the ring mod.

Actual width with the cheeks is just a CH shy of 6". Call it 5 7/8" or thereabouts.

As for delay, it's all part of the Master Plan. You'll see. Yes, this is the FrankenWurlitzer's effects unit. I don't do anything by half-measures.



May.22.2007 @ 12:16 PM
POT feel is something that often times is not spec'd, other than rotational torque. Thus, its not all that common, unless one is buying a custom pot for things like this to happen. I too have went down the road before with pot feel, and its a real headache. The manufacturers change processes internally for cost savings purposes, and are free to do so, provided the spec viewable to the customer doesn't change. The only exception to this, is if you are buying millions of pots, or are doing speciality work, where you pay a premium and all internal manufacturing process changes need to be communicated and signed off before they are allowed. This is something obviously the manufacturers would rather not deal with, so they charge a hefty price for such items, thus making them prohibitive for most consumer goods.



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