Reuss Musical Instruments

Introducing the Reuss DB-01 Double Bender:

Two complete Tone Bender mk III circuits in one compact pedal

Now you no longer need to make that difficult dicision between germanium or silicon fuzz. The new Reuss DB-01 'Double Bender' contains two fully independent vintage fuzz circuits. One of each kind

The Reuss Double Bender contains two complete fuzz circuits sharing a single set of controls for a simple and familiar layout. Via the '60s/70s' mode toggle you can switch between a germanium and a silicon transistor version of the amazing sounding vintage Tone Bender mk III circuit.

The mark III is my personal favourite fuzzpedal. It sounds fantastic and offers a wide range of tonal options.

The tone control does more than just rolling off the high end, and it makes the pedal go from bright mk II tone bender sounds to some very thick and creamy tones resembling a big muff - but much more focused and less muffled and boomy.

Featuring both a silicon and a germanium version of the Mark III expands the versatility even further, and having a Reuss Double Bender at the pedal board will definitely cover the fuzz needs of most players. No more need to google 'silicon vs germanium fuzz' before buying a fuzzpedal. This'll keep you covered.

Inside the pedal you'll find three matched vintage new old stock KRC OC140 NPN germanium transistors of 1960s production in the germanium circuit ('60s' mode), and a set of vintage new old stock Motorola 'tin can' BC108s in the silicon circuit ('70s' mode).

It's the choice of NPN germaniums that makes this pedal possible at all, because they run on normal polarity (negative ground) - just like the silicon transistors. This makes the Reuss Double Bender 'pedalboard friendly' too. You'll be able to use your normal 'daisy-chain' pedalboard power supply without issues.

Vintage NPN germanium transistors are rare, as they were more difficult to manufacture back in the days, so all the old vintage fuzzes were made with the cheaper and more commonly available PNPs. They had reverse polarity, making them tricky to integrate in a modern pedal chain.

The OC140s are very rare and desirable (and expensive) transistors because of their great sound in vintage fuzz circuits, and because of the obvious advantages of the NPN properties. I had the fortune of scoring a large batch, and I am personally testing, sorting and matching them for the Double Benders.

The Reuss Double Bender is faithful to the vintage Tone Bender mk III circuit, except that I have replaced the output resistors with trimmer pots. This makes it possible to match the outputs of the two circuits - and as a bonus, you can make them go much louder than the vintage pedals (which struggled to keep unity level).

There's only 44 pedals in the first batch, released at some time in late October 2016. They'll be listed at $179.95 (US) each. A killer deal at only $90 for each vintage transistor fuzz pedal.

The pedals are entirely made in the European Union. The silk screen printing was done by a former Bang & Olufsen graphics guy here in Denmark. There's a video of the process at my facebook page.

Here are a few sound samples:

1. Pavementos - shifting between germanium and silicon modes

2. Honeymud - shifting between germanium and silicon modes

3. Shredding - shifting between germanium and silicon modes

EDIT: This news post was updated on October 25th. It seems I will be ready to ship the first few pedals starting Tuesday November 1st. I'll add the Double Bender to the product pages very soon. Look out for pre-sales during this upcoming weekend


Written by Anders Marcuslund-Reuss — July 31, 2016

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