Tone City/Movall Pedal Owners

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  1. StormJH1

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    Yes. I don't think I've ever watched a YouTube video for the KOT, let alone played one, but in researching the Tone City King of Blues, I came across countless people who got the King of Blues to tie them over while they were wait-listed for the Analogman pedal, and most of them concluded that they really weren't that similar.

    It's worth noting that while Tone City does plenty of cloning, the double pedal series ("Design by J. Wong") do not seem to be obviously based off any other pedals. The Model M, Model S, etc. are basically amp-in-a-box pedals, and despite the similarity in name, the "King of Blues" could just as easily been named after B.B. King :)
     
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    Any views on the angel wing chorus?
     
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    Here is the board, mostly populated. I need to get a few more parts to complete the job. Also waiting for the enclosure to arrive. I am going to try board mounted pots this time around (first time). If I don't mess up the drilling, it will make for a beautifully neat build.
     

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    I don't know that one. I use modulation so infrequently, that I went for a multi-modulation pedal to minimize the board real estate. Mine is the Donner Alchemy. Not sure if they still make it, but I believe Nux still has the identical pedal (in a different color and with a different name).
     
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    it's probably solid but if you love chorus you'd want something a little more substantial. the mxr analog chorus (used) is also the same price with more features
     
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    Wish I'd seen this earlier but thanks...
     
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    I've tried a lot of Klones, two different gold ones fron China with the horse graphic on them, the Soul Food, the Cream Brulee, the Xin sound Sky, and the best sounding one is the Bad Horse (also known as the Movall Minotaur).
     
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    As a new owner of the Bad Horse, glad you think so!

    Out of your list, I also have the Soul Food and Xinsound Sky. I previously had the Mojo Hand Sacred Cow - which was the only "boutique"-level Klone of the bunch, and I sold it because I didn't hear enough to differentiate it from the cheaper ones.

    Klon-based pedals are bit of a mystery to me, actually. I understand the appeal, but other than as a treble booster in front of another drive or something muddy, I've found them a bit abrasive and bright for my liking. The appeal of them is both to add a little bit of tube-like grit (60 Cycle Hum described it as "making your tone sound more like a guitar"...haha), or for live players to really jump out of a mix. In my case, if I'm looking for a light or transparent overdrive, I'd actually prefer the smoother Bluesbreaker circuit, or whatever the heck the Crowther Hot Cake does on its more subtle settings.

    That's the thing people misunderstand about the Chinese clones, though - you may have a $30 clone exhibiting a blatant "flaw" as compared to the original (too dark, too much gain, etc.), but may be desirable if it changes something a given player didn't like about the original circuit.

    I'd have to take a closer look at the Xinsound vs. the Tone City Klones - slight edge maybe to the former right now, but they're very close.
     
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    I picked up another one of these on a whim - the Black Tea. This was actually the original Tone City pedal that had me interested in the brand - it's supposed to be a Carl Martin AC Tone clone - but I had other "Vox in a box" options and put off getting it for a variety of reasons.

    It has not disappointed. Compared to the Golden Plexi, it has a lower gain sweep, more presence in the lower mids (and less-abrasive highs) and slightly lower output...while still having plenty of output. The tone control works, and you can do Vox "chime" to some degree on the lower gain settings. But I don't necessarily think "VOX!" when I play it - it's just a solid rock/blues overdrive. I find it more useful than the Golden Plexi, which does rock but can be a little unruly and one-note. With a Strat, the Black Tea can be set up for tones ranging from clean boost to full-out driven.

    I'm at a point where I have way too many pedals so I need to weed out the ones that are "same-ish". It will be interesting to see how many of the Tone City ones ultimately survive that purge - I suspect they will do pretty well because they (a) Don't have much resale value, obviously; and (b) Seem to have better build quality versus many of the other affordable imports.
     
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    I've just setup my pedal board.

    Gutted I ran out of space and power for the Golden Plexi.

    Man this stack well together! The sweet cream stacks well with most pedals! IMG_20180817_173345.jpeg
     
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    Updated board.

    Got shot of the Comp Engine as it didn't make a difference through my Orange Jim Root Terror.

    Obviously this is OD overkill (this could be my new band name! [emoji106][emoji16]). Now just trying to decide which OD pedals to keep or sell on.

    Golden plexi hasn't gone, just haven't got enough room for it.

    I'm setting up an even smaller board soon for jam nights if I'm brave enough to go! IMG_20181014_150745.jpeg
     
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    And I thought I had a lot of overdrives! Whew. How do you decide which one to step on :)

    I had the Sweet Cream for a while, liked it OK, but liked other stuff better, so I didn't keep it that long.
     
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    The sweet cream stacks really well with the bad horse or Mandragora or Dry Martini.

    Choosing is difficult.
     
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    I'm another Riff City fan. I like em even tho their closest store in St Joseph, MN is a good hour's drive south for me. Good staff, lots of instruments and equipment, smart online presence. More specifically I "liked" em on Facebook a while back which recently resulted in a Riff City/Tone City Giveaway popping on my FB feed. #tonecitytrifecta Just FYI - I own no stock, etc.
     
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    I’m using the Bad Horse in to the Tape Machine delay ATM. I use pedals very subtly but LOVE the Bad Horse and Tape Machine for a bright country sound.

    Also have on order the Tiny Spring reverb, Angel Wing chorus and Tremble tremelo.
     
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    Settled on Bad Horse-> Tremble -> Tape Machine.

    Very happy, great pedals.
     
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    I have this, very nice chorus and I like the graphics.
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    i had load - i kept the sweet cream drive and the angel wing chorus

    great pedals no matter the cost
     
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    I got this one too now.
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    Movall is no longer being made, but there are several EU dealers that still have some in stock.
     
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    I formed a favorable impression of the Minotaur/Bad Horse from several videos and bought a Bad Horse two years ago. After a year the switch started to go bad and Riff City, which distributed Tone City in the US, replaced it with zero hassle (and sent me another cookie). I liked the Bad Horse as a boost into other pedals or an overdriven amp. I'm no longer convinced, however, that the Bad Horse is a good approximation of the Klon Centaur; see below. That doesn't make it a bad pedal.

     
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