Many models sold out July 2020
This spring has been an amazing time for Reuss, seeing sales rise to three times the usual level during May and June
Obviously, this is great news for me, but it also means my two assembly people and myself has a hard time building enough pedals to keep everything in stock at all times. At the moment, most of the key models are sold out. Some to a level where it’s not just a question of assembling more, but also of manufacturing new batches of the enclosures, which takes about eight weeks, going through machining, painting and silk screen printing. All done by separate, local small businesses here in Denmark.
For the individual models, a pre-ordering option will be open when the pedals are at the assembly state. I will not be accepting more pre-orders than the number of pedals we are actually building, and I do not keep a waiting list. So if you want a pedal that’s sold out, you can safely jump on the pre-ordering option, if it’s open, knowing you will not be waiting forever.
The Corona lock-down period was strangely inspiring to me, so I will also be launching a string of new models continuously over the fall and winter – which, obviously, also needs to be built, in addition to the existing models. The first ones being the Backslide Overdrive and the Ecstatic Overdrive.
I have a had a brilliant new, Danish electronics engineer, Hans, on the team since February, and this has meant that a lot of my more complex ideas can be put into reality. The first fruit of this collaboration being the magnificent Epic Overdrive pedal.
Right now, we are heading towards the holiday season, and right after that, I will be looking at ways of upscaling the assembly work, to be able to keep up with demand without the pedals selling out so quickly.
Have a great summer!
All the best,
Anders / Reuss
Price bump on germanium transistor pedals
A few years ago I had the good fortune of scoring a big stash of vintage new old stock US made KRC brand OC140 germanium transistors. These are insanely rare transistors, and I realize that when these are used up, the chances I will ever get my hands on a new stash is extremely slim.
The Reuss pedals utilising the OC140s have been way too cheap until now, considering the scarcity of the transistors, then manual work going into testing, sorting and matching them, and the general level af craftmanship of a Reuss pedal.
So now they get a price bump. The price increase is proprtional with the number of transistors in a given model.
You'll notice that, even at the new price points, the Reuss germanium fuzz pedals are still extremely competitive compared to other current handmade germanium fuzz pedals of a comparative level of craftmanship and parts selection.
The OC140s are NPN equivalents to the 'holy grail' PNP OC75s and OC81s of vintage original tone bender pedals. This means the OC140s sounds exactly the same, but they have the huge advantage, that with these, the 100% correct and unmodified vintage circuits can be built with normal, modern 'negative ground' power supply. No need for an isolated power supply, and no risk of strange interferences with other pedals of your chain.
With a Reuss NPN germanium pedal as your vintage-style fuzz, it is very likely that it will find a permanent place at your pedal board, and not just be a curiosity for your collection or reserved for studio work. It will integrate seamlessly at your board (the fuzz will still need to be first in chain, though - that's an impedance issue, not a power polarity issue).
The reason vintage fuzz pedals were built with PNPs - and that almost any modern clone is built with PNPs - is that they were way easier to manufacture back in the days, and because of this they were (and are) way more common and affordable.
The price bump is effective immediately from April 13th 2020
Pedals ships twice a week
You pedals goes out on Mondays and Thursdays
Due to a significant increase in sales, and still being a one-man business and still keeping a dayjob and being a husband and a father of five, I've had to slow down my paces.
This means that from February 2019, I've reduced my despatch service to only shipping pedals twice a week. Mondays and Thursdays.
To get your pedal in a shipment, I need your order before noon (Central European Time) the day before the shipping date.
I am sorry for this limited service. It is a necessity for the time being. Hopefully I can revert to daily shipments in the fall.
I still ship only DHL Worldwide Express which is a super reliable deluxe courier service with amazingly short delivery times worldwide. And you don't pay the full rates. Only about half the actual price. The rest is on me.
All the best,
Anders / Reuss
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Anders / Reuss