I got the Azimuth (Zen Drive Clone), and put it together. Here’s my review.
-Finished product is very good. No way I could tell a difference in a blind test, must have gotten the circuit dead on.
-The wire harnesses and layout is really well thought out, it keeps it very well organized inside.
-The bezel for the switch looks cool.
-General look of it is good too, plus top jacks.
-Shipped me a missing part for free and while discussing that, got help verifying that everything was ok.
-Kit was missing one of the box caps and I didn’t have a replacement, so I had to wait.
-The mlccs (tiny ass ceramic caps) and box caps can be hard to ID because the the writing sometimes is like faded (interestingly all the resistors are labeled with the value on them, not the traditional ring code system).
-I had to kind of guess at the end because the instructions apparently are out of date, and 2-3 components got moved to the switch board between versions, so I could do it by process of elimination, but then I was also missing a component so there was a lot of 2nd guessing. Also there is an addendum to instructions that the germanium diode is backwards from how it is shown in the outline on the pcb. So...for the easiest kit, there were a lot of blanks to fill in.
I wish he’d get the right instructions uploaded, and maybe shore up the QC on all the parts being there, and maybe find a way to label the box caps and mlccs on an individual baggie or put a tape tag on them maybe, BUT...
In the end, very satisfied with the pedal. It is very high quality, not just a learning experience, like I’ll actually play it. Probably going to do the “Cerulean”, (Bluesbreaker) at some point, and maybe the Klon.
I've built several of their pedals from pcb only. They do put a lot of research into each pedal and all the parts including optional configurations in their documentationI see a lot of threads that mention individual pedals of theirs.
In general though,
- Are they good?
- Are they true to the original circuits and sounds?