Reuss Musical Instruments

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



Written by Anders Marcuslund-Reuss — April 13, 2020

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