Bender in an MXR-sized Box?

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  1. Rich_S

    Rich_S Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    What are some Tone Bender-style fuzz pedals in a standard MXR-sized enclosure? I had an Earthquaker Tone Reaper several years ago, and shouldn't have sold it. Now discontinued, they're getting pricey.

    The Catalinbread KatzenKonig looks good, but it a TB/Rat hybrid.

    I'm not looking for an uber-flexible, uber-pricey booteek pedal, just a basic Bender: think Page and Ronson.

    Suggest away!
     
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    I think fulltone has the soul bender in a small box

    Honestly I don’t know anything about the ones I don’t have but I just googled “tone bender” and a bunch popped up, more small ones than I expected
     
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    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    I have searched for the TB that would work for me and decided Keeley Fuzz Bender.
    Tone, size, price, looks and even the maker influenced me.

    I won’t have a review or any Bit of Honey’s for a couple of days.
     
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    KatzenKonig is wonderfull, and very underrated pedal. But it's clearly on the "Rat" side.

    My vote for Fulltone or Analogman. Yes, both of them a bit pricey, but most of the TB are not cheap for some reason.

    PS Also, as I understand, EQD Park Fuzz is also Bender clone. And sounds great on demos.
     
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    No longer being made, but there's the tiny Bone Tender if you don't mind an even smaller box.
     
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    Don't know much about fuzzes but I have heard only good words about the DOD Carcosa
     
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    The Ramble FX Twin Bender is worth a look. A little bigger than MXR, but still relatively compact.

    The Katzenkonig is cool, but not much like a Tone Bender IMO.

    Great fuzz. Nothing like a Tone Bender.
     
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    Andy's demo of the Katzenkonig is awesome. The Rover is one of my favorite Zeppelin songs.



    Since this pedal would be replacing the DIY Paisley Rat on my board, it might be a good choice. I like the Rat, but it's a bit to smooth and nice and I prefer my BB Preamp for those tones. The Katzenkonig seems to provide the Bender nastiness in addition.

    CB's original in-house demo is pretty bitchin', too.

     
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    This are my takes on Tone Bender style pedals in standard enclosures:

    Analog Man Sun Bender MK 1.5

    Skreddy Rover Fuzz (MK II)

    Fulltone Soul–Bender (MK III)

    Analog Man Sun Bender MK IV
     
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    This is just a shot of something I got in a Premier Guitar review
    May wanna check out, Google...

    Screenshot_20210401-154235_Chrome.jpg
     
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    Is it a small bend then?
     
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    Yeah, those sold out pretty quick.
     
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    Got it, had no idea,
    just remember getting the recent email.
     
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    I came, when I read the title, to suggest the Tone Reaper and then I read the OP. Oops. Park Sound Fuzz is cool too, it’s a slightly larger top jack enclosure. Animals Pedals has a couple Benders that sound good in demos. No personal experience with them. If you can flex a little on shape, Keeley Fuzz Bender and Way Huge Havalina are cool. Basic Audio has options if you can go a little boutique.
    Some of these are based on completely different versions of the Bender as well. Is there a particular version of Bender you’re after? Or just something “Benderish”? Cuz, the fuzz on the Katzenkonig is produced by a Bender circuit, and it has a RAT tone control tacked on after... it could get you close enough for rock and roll.
     
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    Yeah, it isn’t like Boss to do limited edition stuff, and I was intrigued by this pedal, but I think it sold out in a matter of hours. It was hyped ahead of time and only a few thousand were made, if anyone wants one now you’ll have to deal with the flippers on the used market.
     
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    my brick/mortar guy said he had to pass unicorn turds just to apply for one...
     
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    +1. Added bonus, past 3 o’clock on the gain gets into Muff territory.
     
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    Arcane analog.....small builder no afiliation ....hes restoring my vintage tonebender but he has sone for sale....just google him...Canadian builder,great communication.
     
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