NOPD: Boss HM-2!!!

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  1. Rockdog

    Rockdog Tele-Afflicted

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    FB3579B1-A664-4204-BA68-AEA9AF81D24E.jpeg Practically stole it. Craigslist, $90 from an older gentleman who said “I don’t do the heavy metal anymore.” I’ve never seen one in such pristine condition. I can’t wait to plug it into the FX loop of my teal stripe Bandit!
     
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    Aw man, that rules. I keep eyeing up one of these or one of the clones but I don't play in a band at the moment where it would be useful. God City Instruments just made a version that is more of a fuzz instead of a distortion, it looks really cool.
     
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    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    Back in the day, I bought that as soon as it came out. Playing in a metal band I couldn't resist. It was really the best thing going at the time.
     
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    I had one new in the mid 80's. It was the 'heaviest' distortion pedal I ever owned.
    Sold it a few years ago for more than it cost.
    The HM-2 defined the sound of Swedish Death metal.
    Great pedal at the time but I've mellowed with age - ha.
     
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    Well, I'm envious...

    I bought mine for less than that, maybe like 4-5 years ago, but mine is all beat to crap.

    ...And it doesn't just have to be used for playing metal. David Gilmour actually used one, years ago.

    Interesting fun fact #1 - the old DOD American Metal and Thrash Master - were mostly copies of the HM-2, just with the 'H' and 'L' combined into a singular tone control.

    Interesting fun fact #2 - the 'H' tone circuit is actually two different treble frequency circuits, wired together. So the 'H' and 'L' are like 3 graphic EQ sliders, altogether (all 3 are active), just set at really weird frequencies (well, the 'H' ones are, anyway).
     
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    Thanks 11 Gauge--always appreciative of your expertise!
     
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    I had one of those for about 5 minutes about 30 years ago. What a racket.

    Sold it and got a much gentler Boss OD pedal of some description.
     
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    What kind of "base circuit" are these? Unique, or is there something similar (besides the DOD)?
     
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