New models in the pipeline - Cloning the Tokai TOD-1 for a Chris Brokaw pedal
Been busy designing and building prototypes for several possible future Reuss Musical Instruments pedals.
Three great new designs is ready to go into production. Doing it one at a time, so it will be a lenghty process before the full catalogue is a reality. Hopefully the first one is ready to be revealed at the end of summer.
I first met Chris in 1995 when he was producing my band, and back then, talking gear he revealed that his dirt pedal of choice was the 1980s Tokai TOD-1 Overdrive. Surprising because it's such a rare and unusual pedal - and because it was actually my own first guitar pedal. I bought mine in 1985 when I was 15, and by 1995 I had retired it for a BK Butler 'Real Tube' pedal. So I gave mine to Chris who needed a back-up. This was before the internet and eBay, and it was difficult sourcing rare gear.
Then on thursday this week I got my old pedal back to clone. It was fun trying it again. It's quite a unique overdrive pedal. Obviously closely related to the Ibanez Tube Screamer, but with a different - and extremely cool - texture to the upper mids. Grittier with more presence and bite. A very nice overdrive that deserves to be cloned for a second life.
It's still not certain if this will be a production model, but I'm building one for Chris Brokaw at least. It's going to be a double pedal, because he likes to run two Tokai TOD-1s into each other - which was pretty much his sound with Come.
More news as things develop.