Has anyone played a vintage Dallas Range Master? here is a great vid of one

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  1. Marquee Moon

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    Guy is playing a 1956 strat out of a 1965 vox aswell. Man this really makes me want to get one. They are insanely expensive though.
     
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    That sounded great. The AnalogMan Beano is a great Rangemaster option. I had (and stupidly sold) one and could get those great stringy zingy treble boost tone with it.
     
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    8A846C10-D110-4A49-9AF3-ED960897DE07.jpeg 6EABD143-F82F-44D9-B74D-F2D32BBBEB14.jpeg I have a 65 amps colour boost that is a hand made Rangemaster clone. As you can see it’s very old school constuction. It’s by far my favorite pedal. The one thing this fellow doesn’t show is that with a Rangemaster cranked you can use your guitar volume knob to really clean up the sound and get great rhythm sounds too.
     
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    Note how at ~2:58 he has the amp on the edge of breakup, then engaged the Rangemaster to push the amp further. That is the secret to using it.

    The Rangemaster is a great, easy to build pedal for the first time DIYer. I built one with a blend pot to mix in a larger input capacitor value. It allows a fatter drive tone as well as the original sound. Schematics abound on the internet but not germanium transistors which is needed to make an honest to goodness Rangemaster clone.
     
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    Fun circuit to build, I've done a few variants and am planning a straight up RM amp top box clone on perf board. My current favorite is a Red Rooster clone with a NOS Mullard military NPN germanium, PedalPCB has the boards. The Aion and BYOC circuits sound good as well, the Aion uses a charge pump to invert the ground, the BYOC just reverses the schematic.
     
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    I have one I made with NOS parts and a yellow jacket OC44, it sounds really good. I also have a clone of DAM's take on the circuit. A friend has asked me to make one for him, I have a stash of Black Glass OC44s. I am interested to A/B them.
     
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    I just last week built a Fryer/Brian May treble booster from the GGG kit. It's freakin awesome! I'll have to do a legit Rangemaster soon.
     
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    does it sound very similar to this video? I'm mostly looking to get this sound in the studio.
     
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    I built the Aion version a few months back including a mod that lets you choose the frequencies you want to boost via a three position switch. Low, Mid, or All. It's been on my board and turned on since I finished it.
     
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    I'm still kicking myself for not buying one of the Vintage Pedal Workshop Rangemaster kits when they were available.

     
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    does this sound as good to you?
     
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    I would say the clone I made sounds better than the British Pedal Company one but not as good as the first video. Having said that I think most of the fuzzes in the BPC videos sound lousy. I have a new AC15 (so that could be one reason why) and I can shoot a quick iPhone vid if you can wait a week or so. I have lent it to some and won't see them until the middle of next week.
     
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    Cool ... Rangemaster ......makes your $3000 tube amp sound like a SS $100 Peavey! :D
     
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    lol you must not think very much of brian may.
     
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    I saw Mick Taylor in LA in '68 with Mayall's Blues Breakers in a big hall - Shrine Expo and the Whisky. He used a Les Paul into a Rangemaster into a SF Twin. Sounded great in both places, the Lester British Blues grind.

    I have gigged with a Les Paul into a Beano pedal into a Marshall Bluesbreaker II pedal plugged into the clean channel of a Marshall JCM 900 50 watt 2x12 combo or into an early Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb. It brings the BBII to life when used judiciously. Satisfying grind and sustain.
     
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    Actually I thought, "hmmm that sounds pretty good." (talkin about the OP's video) Then the more I listened I started thinking, "that harsh OD sound is a lot like a cranked SS amp!" DOH!
     
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    if you say so. It sounds like queen to me. I used to not like that sound aswell. Toni Iommi used one in sabbath. I like both of them now so maybe that is why I like it.
     
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    I just finished reading "Birth of Loud" and they claimed Eric Clapton was running a Rangemaster or similar circuit on the Beano album as well.

    I like the idea of building one.
     
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