Our Photography Methods:
We've photographed every single pedal that we've ever built. Part of the reason for this if a customer writes and wants mods or whathaveyou, I have photographic reference to go to for answers on how the pedal was originally configured. It also protects us in any fraudulent warranty claims. I get asked a lot about how I take the pictures of our pedals that we post on the internet. Actually, it's a very simple process. I use a relatively cheapo camera (I think it was like $125 bucks at WalMart or something). I simply clear my workbench of everything but the three worklights I use to build pedals with. I take about two or three dozen shots of each pedal, all taken at different angles and such. Every single picture I have EVER published of my pedals has been photographed in exactly this fashion each and every time. What you see is taken straight out of the camera.
Absolutely no "photoshopping" at all:
I shoot each pedal then either post it or archive it. What you see posted on my website is taken straight out of the camera. I use zero "photoshopping" efforts, zero retouching, zero "redetailing" in any way or form what so ever. The pics you see of my pedals that I have shot are absolute "WYSIWYG" in every way. I don't use any retouching at all, period.
Here you go ... pics and pics and more dang-ol' pics.
Out of the ordinary completed orders. Keep in mind these are not all of the pedals I've completed of late, just some of the interesting ones. As I get through the backlog, and take on the new waiting list customers I'll post some of the newest completions here. Devices that aren't the plain vanilla types but ones with some interesting option combinations as well as previously unreleased designs (such as the Azura) and revised designs (such as the CARMA2).
120311: Here's the last production Burgs2 compressor ever built (it's been revised as the CARMA2). This one went to a fella in Australia, matter of fact he just got his tracking number tonight!
120511: The very last Burgs standard compressor, tracking number issued just today. This has been nearly a year coming now (admittedly the timing of this is a bit unfortunate but I have to carry on). We'd planned on doing this earlier but the release of the CARMA/CARMA2 was delayed due to health issues. In any case, this design was in our lineup from August of 2008 until August of 2011. After an embarrassingly long list of revisions and upgrades, downgrades, attempts at making it more "mainstream", and finally it's return to it's origins it's been superceded by the Carma compressor. We still have the Burgs in our layout files and such but since the Carma was released it has succeeded in becoming our most popular small format compressor. So this one pictured here was the final production Burgs compressor. I photographed the heck out of this one, nearly every single solder joint and wire was captured, as well as every single identifying mark on the pedal top itself. From what I know of the customer I'd say this pedal will be well appreciated indeed.
121111: A new R9 .. the Raven 9. A downpriced/downfeatured version of the Model 9. Same pcb, same tone. Less features and less money. This particular one is finished in something new for us. It's essentially our Aluma finish however the lettering is not backfilled with any black epoxy filler or anything at all for that matter. It's easily our greenest finish ever. No chemicals or paint or powdercoating, no decals, no stickers, just pure Aluminum and handstamped graphics that are not backfilled with epoxy. Pedals that we build like this are made of more than 95% recycleable materials by weight (other than the two little rubber boots on the minitoggles and the 9vdc jack everything on the outside of the pedal is made of metal). It looks ok .. I'm just so used to the graphics popping a lot more. It does look pretty cool though. I'm still figuring out what to name the new finish. This pedal is half of a two unit order shipping to one customer.
Two X3s are completed, this is a new addition to our lineup.
121811: Trick little pedal. Incorporates the Afterburner Attenuator (left footswitch) and a 3-way mode switch. Uses our new M7 pcb bard (single opamp). Very useful pedal. Our first use of these "mid sized" enclosures. These enclosures are not made nearly as well as the others that we use so it took a while to write up a procedure for doing what we do to the pedaltop that these enclosures would survive. We've nailed it down solid by this point. The X3 is available with either a 3-way minitoggle (pictured) or optionally one of our over-engineered NOS/milspec toggles which can be optionally fitted with one of our "Nuke Switch" aircraft safety covers as well. I am taking the ITP option out of cryogenic storqage and it will be offered as an option for the X3 as a *sub-option* for the NOS-milspec toggles. The X3 can also be optionally fitted with a Phase 1 Tone Plug port. So the modal options for the X3 are ...
- 3-way minitoggle.
- 3-way milspec toggle (bare).
- 3-way milspec toggle with Nuke Switch (red, black, blue, clear, purple).
- 3-way milspec toggle with ITPs (internal tone plugs ... not what you may think, go check this out in the website under Tone Plugs ... look at the heading of "ITP").
- Phase 1 Tone Plug port.
Not to mention the four different finishes, or two different knobs. I really like where this pedal is headed!
Here's an X3 in an all metallic finish of sorts. It's done in our new Aluma finish that has no epoxy fillers in the lettering. It's our most "green" finish to date. No chemicals, paint, decals, stickers, clear coatings, powdercoating, ink, silkscreen, or any other petro-chemical stuff used to place graphics on this finish. The lettering is unfilled and slightly backpolished inside of each letter a bit to bring out the facets of each character a bit better. This one even has silver knobs that aren't anodized black. So we're offering four finishes now .. Aluma (pictured .. no black letters), Backfilled (high contrast lettering ... our previous "Aluma" finish that has the polished cover and the black epoxy filled lettering), HotRod Black powdercoating, and MilSpec green powdercoating.
121811: Here's a few of the first Carma2 compressors being released. I got a few of them done over the last week or so (among other things). Two of these go out at the end of this week.
121811: A Model 9 custom. Kinda part Model 9 Deluxe and part Model 9 Standard. This one ships out this week too. We've kindof a *big run* of these modded Model 9s going out. Input voltage ~sag~ knobs, order swap toggles, Tone Plug ports, custom tone controls, extra compressor controls, geez .. on and on.
122211: Just cuz ...
010812: Well after the whole holiday ordeal we've been back to work since Jan 2. I finally worked up to getting the BURN series fired off. A few go out this week (among others). The Burn is specifically for vintage Hammond organs. A line out adaptor and built in overdrive made especially just for these machines.
011912: This one took a while to get ~right~. Problems often times result in developing new tech. This time I made an all new setup for the M7 pcb that makes it that much nicer, and came up with an all new Tone Plug in the process as well. Oh, and I got the ~issue~ worked out too (the problem that started all of the *developing* in the first place). So a pain in the ass .. yes .. but new stuff! Y'know? New stuff! :)
0210121: We've been building (what seems like ) Model 9 after Model 9 around here. The last three have been seriously customized. This one goes out to a fella in Seattle. I ran out of the needle-tips that I normally use on my soldering rig so I've built the last few units (pcb's and all) using a ~chisel tip~ ... it's like doing surgery with a shovel. Had to do some improvising here but it came out just fine. For whatever reasons this one sounds especially good to me. I was having such a good time when testing it prior to boxing it up that Missi had to stop me before it got too late to ship it out! This happens to me a lot. I build something that really works well and I only get to play with it for like 30 minutes then it goes away forever. This one is sportin' a voltage attenuator and an order-cross toggle (swaps order of the second gain stage and the X overdriver). Unlike all of the other Model 9s I've built lately this one has all yellow LEDs in it (customer request).
Mo' later, as they come up ... :)
To be announced.