Catalinbread 18v question please

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  1. CaineIsCarter

    CaineIsCarter Tele-Meister

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    Hi folks

    Bought a Catalinbread SFT; it arrives tomorrow.

    I’ve read bits and pieces about using an 18v adapter for this pedal. Can someone please explain why this might be a good thing, and whether it’s worth it for a home player?

    Edit: just noticed my power supply has a 500ma/18v DC out - is this suitable?

    Thanks
     
  2. Jimmy Dean

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    It increases the head room. I did not find the increased voltage to be that much of an advantage for my playing. It is a very good sounding pedal at 9v.
     
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    Thanks a lot
     
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    Generally, the 18 volt option on drive pedals gives a slightly more open, less compressed feel. At low volumes, it can be hardly noticeable. I see you have an 18 volt supply. Let us know what you find!
     
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    I think the current draw is 35MA. Your 18v supply should work just fine. Have fun.
     
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    I have their Echorec pedal and using an 18v adapter gives the repeats a little more oomph. Not noticeable at all in a live mix so I stick with the 9v.
     
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    I have found that the only pedals I like with more juice are delays. I think compressors and dirt pedals generally don't sound better w/ 18 volts and prefer them with 9 (or less, in the case of some fuzz pedals). Ymmv, but of course.
     
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    My SFT arrived and I had five minutes with it at lunchtime. I felt slightly underwhelmed, but of course I’ll need a lot more time to get it dialled in.

    I’m looking for a Brown Sugar sort of tone. To those of you who have this pedal, do you have any recommended settings? Is it best used in front of a clean amp (Blues Jr), or on the edge of breakup?

    I’m looking forward to having a proper play with it this weekend, but any suggestions would be very welcome.
    Cheers
     
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    Howard doing the demo is also the designer, he has several SFT videos on youtube! DId someone say Brown Sugar?!
     
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    Thanks, I’ve seen that video before (it was the reason I wanted an SFT) but I wish I knew what his amp settings are. I assume it’s clean but can’t be certain.
     
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    Usually Howard sets his Princeton pretty clean and lets the pedal act as the amplifier.
     
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    Had a really good play with the pedal this weekend and learned a lot about my amp in the process.

    With the amp MV wide open and the volume at about 2, I get a lovely clean tone which I can then control with the SFT.

    The sound of a Tele through this setup is addictive, and I get the Stones sound I’ve always wanted. Very pleased.
     
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    Overall higher voltage in general implies:
    - OD: More headroom, feels bigger, gradual clean range.. better clarity/dynamics , a lot of people say at higher voltage, it starts to sound less like a pedal & more amp-like.
    - Compressor: Mostly a volume boost & some added clarity at really low vol [Wampler forum mentions this with the Ego compressor]

    Since I tried my OCD at 18V, I since started using the Timmy/ TS808 / EQ pedal & compressor, all at 18V.
    It's worth trying.
    The one place it may not work is when you're looking for compression, intentionally.
     
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