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Klon Centaurs

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by muusicman, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. muusicman

    muusicman Tele-Meister

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    Why are these petals so expensive?
     
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  2. xMercury69x

    xMercury69x Friend of Leo's

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    According to many, the Klon Centaur is the Holy Grail of transparent overdrives and it's tone is unmatchable. On the other hand, I think it probably takes some serious equipment to really identify the scope of tone that comes from a Klon vs other similarly built OD's.

    The fact the originals are going for almost $2k is ridiculous, like hipsters.
     
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    I have a Klon KTR, and it sounds great but I wouldn't say there's a big enough difference in it and other OD pedals to justify that price. It's all in what you like
     
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    I agree,
    I just watched a demo video and I personally couldn't tell the difference.
     
  5. xMercury69x

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    EHX Soul Food is supposed to be a pretty good Klon(e) for less than $100
     
  6. muusicman

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    I'm very eager to start playing again. Just here at home, no gigging. I'm disabled and my health would not permit it. I have a couple Tele's and a Strat. I want to get a new amp but I'm undecided of what to get as there are so many. I just want a combo. Not a cab. I've looked into Twin Reverbs and Deluxes. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks ya'all
     
  7. kgguitarplayer

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    I got a soul food for like $60... to be honest there's not much difference between it and the Klon
     
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    If it doesn't have to be a tube amp, this one would be pretty cool for around the house.


    As far as tube amps go , yeah lots of choices.
    I really like my Fender Blues Jr. and it handles pedals so well.
    I also would love to get my grubby mitts on the new Vox AC-10...sweet!
     
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    Becuz dey r da bezt evrz, noob. :lol:

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    ^^^ artdecade jests. He really meant to say, "get a Rat!"
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    "Now, who's your Ratty!"
     
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    Thanks for translating, mate. :D
     
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    "I know you."
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    "I see you."
     
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    Because people are willing to pay that much for them.

    Why are Dumbles getting listed for $50,000+ a pop and selling fast at those prices, in some cases? Because people will pay for them. That doesn't mean they're worth that much 'in tone' but IMO, neither is an original '57 strat of which also would be very costly. It's because they're becoming collectors items. A lot of vintage guitars play and sound worse than modern ones, yet they'll still pricey.
    Why does a 1970 Plymouth Firebird cost $200,000 when a Honda Oddessy minivan will outperform them in just about every test?
    Same reasons. People like them, are willing to pay for this sort of stuff if they have money to burn.

    It isn't that hard to clone a Klon. There's no magic. Everything in those pedals are capable of being measured and reproduced for a reasonable price, which is why the EHX is priced as it is. Although, I'm sure there are people willing to argue that the Klons have some sort of vintage components that make them 'special' and that's why they're so pricey. At the voltages seen in these sort of stompboxes, it's pretty much hogwash, anyway. You could probably source NOS components, for a clone, and it'd still be cheaper. Some people just like to pay to have a certain name on their stuff.
     
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    Has anyone said status yet?
    That's all it is.
     
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    Cha-ching!
     
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    Cool sounding circuit that until recently, was one of the only available circuits that dramatically varies from the rubes creamer or rat op amp based pedals.

    Meaning, it's just another flavor of grit.

    Very transparent with a nice low mid hump that works great with single coils and naturally "scooped" sounding fender type tube amps on the verge of breaking up.

    Soul Food and J.Rockett Archer will get you there for under 200.
     
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    I didnt fancy my EH Sould Food until
    I got an el34 amp. Now its all I use!
    When they say transparent all it means is
    the pedal does not sound like a pedal.
    It just sounds like your amp is clipping
    via tubes and speakers being overpowered.
    As a clean boost its great too.
    But I mainly use it to get a cranked amp
    sound at low volumes.
    I can get tones from Day Tripper
    to The Lemon Song (Zep).
    But my own sound is rockabilly
    -think old brian setzer. Just delay and
    a cranked amp (bassman?).



    I gave my EH Soul Food a Klon makeover

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  18. surfoverb

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    Princeton Reverb RI
    Vox ac10
    Fender Vaporizer
    Mustang
    Champ XD
    BF Champ
    Ampeg gvt15
    VHT Classic 18
    Peavey Classic 20

    Id look at one of these amps for home use.
    They are (most of them) loud enough to play with a drummer
    but not so loud they cant be cranked at *home.

    These are all under $500 (save for the Princeton is more like $800), and some way under.

    *by home I mean house, not an apartment
     
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    I've never played a Centaur. I owned both the KTR, and the Soul Food, at one point, though.

    Klon-tone doesn't excite me much, but I noticed a huge tone difference between the KTR and the SF. The KTR sounded good, even though not my personal tone chase. The SF sounded like total garbage.

    I've never understood how the SF ever enters these conversations, or ends up on anyone's board for that matter, aside from price.

    Just my 2¢.
     
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    I'm going to toss out there that the Mojo Hand Magpie splits the difference in price and covers the some ground tone-wise. Can't complain about construction quality either.
     
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