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We are re-vamping the line of Fromel pedals adding reliability and functionality with soft touch switching.
We are re-vamping the line of Fromel pedals adding reliability and functionality with soft touch switching.
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Thanks so much for taking a look at this project. This is phase 1 of the re-vamp and includes 5 previous pedals and 2 new ones. The first versions of the pedals were all through-hole design with all the components (Pots, LED, Jack's etc) mounted off board. They took a long time to build and had reliability issues due to the bypass switch. 

The revamp solves all the reliability issues and I have added some new features as well.

About 90% of warranty repairs were due to the 3PDT (big blue) bypass switch failing. The solution was to change to a relay true bypass system that uses a momentary switch to trigger the relay. The new switch is silent (no loud clicks) and is rated for 100,000 stomps. The relay is rated for 250,000 cycles. Yes start stomping and count to 100,000! One added feature is that if your pedal loses power it automatically goes into true bypass mode!

The remainder of the warranty repairs tended to be a broken wire. I took care of this problem with mounting the pots, LED, and DC jack directly to the board. This not only improves reliability but greatly reduces the build time.

A group shot of the new circuit board design.
A group shot of the new circuit board design.

One critical change to note is the move to mostly surface mount components. You may be thinking that I have sold out and moved operations overseas to China. NO WAY! I am keeping all the manufacturing right here in the greater Seattle area. The new circuit board layout was designed by my friend Spencer Doran of 3 Leaf Audio, on Mercer Island about 5 miles away from me. The circuit boards and surface mount components are done at Schippers, right here in Seattle. The enclosures will be drilled at a CNC place just a few miles north in Mukilteo. The graphics are silk screened by Maple Leaf Screen Printing right here in Seattle. Final painting is done at Sik Werks, just a few blocks from my shop. Everything else, etching, color coat, through hole components, final assembly and testing are done in the shop. 

Finally I have added the true/buffered bypass circuit from the Shape EQ to Up! and the Velvet Vice.

Close-up of the new true or buffered bypass switch design.
Close-up of the new true or buffered bypass switch design.

Here is the Pedal Line UP for the RE-Vamp,

Great Day for Up! Very versatile boost. This pedal has three controls: “Great” controls the overall greatness (post effect vol), “Day” controls how much of your Day gets to be Great (pre effect gain), “For” is the prepositional control to tame the signal when you are having a really really GREAT DAY (high end roll off). UP has enough “greatness” to give your amp a subtle nudge or a serious kick while retaining your tone and giving you improved picking dynamics and articulation. In fact, UP is such an effective tone-shaping box, you might not want to turn it off. I have yet to meet a guitar amp or other pedal that did not become immediate friends with Great Day for UP! Includes true/buffered bypass.

Go! Dynamic Drive.  This pedal can push from moderate overdrive to fuzz with numerous sweet spots.  “Go!” responds very well to changes in dynamics and volume and is ideal for the player who likes to control their gain from the instrument.  When the instrument volume is rolled back, “Go!” cleans up beautifully.  When the volume is dimed, “Go!” turns into a sizzling gain machine with complex harmonics.  “Go” can even work as a treble booster and is very effective when stacked with other dirt boxes. One added feature to Go! is the Hair/No Hair switch, Hair is the standard go, No Hair transforms Go! into a super sweet boost that is sure to put a smile on your face.

The Velvet Vice - Optical Compressor - Smooth like velvet. This is not a spanky funk machine; instead it's the kind of compressor you can leave on all the time and is not in your face, but sorely missed when turned off. The Vice rounds our your tone by adding clarity to the bass and chime in the top end. The Vice also accentuates your picking dynamics and can be used to give your signal a subtle boost. It's amazingly quiet even when the compression is set strong. New feature includes true/buffered bypass. 

D.I.G. - Formerly known as Death is Gain, Low to Medium Gain Overdrive.  This pedal is an articulate overdrive that is very responsive to pick attack and playing dynamics. The controls and circuit on this pedal are familiar, but the end result is anything but.  

For starters, there is no mid-hump and the tone control is usable and musical at all settings.  When cranked, the pedal has a rich, creamy tone that hits you in the gut with tight, full bass response.  “Death is Gain” also works especially well for filling out single note passages and stacks well with other drives and boosts.  Every guitar has a sweet spot that can be dialed in by the pedal’s gain control, where light picking will be clean and bell-like, while playing hard will produce overdriven bliss.  From mild, dynamic gain to moderate crunch, “Death is Gain” will take you to tone heaven!

Phuz  -Mediumgain, four-transistor silicon fuzz.From splatty and pinched tones to sizzling, roaring fuzz, the Phuz dishes out loads of gain while still maintaining clarity and tight bass response.Phuz has great single note hang time, and cleans up well when you roll off the volume.
A unique blend control toggles between the second pair of silicon transistors or clipping diodes and thus the pedal can range from buzzy, nasty “slap me with a sunburn” raw tones(transistors) to more controlled, clear fuzz that doesn’t lose any of it sattitude (diodes).

Vintage Fuzz
- A germanium fuzz that can be built modeled after the famous Fuzz Face or a MKIII Professional. I used to make these pedals point to point but for reliability issues I am now making them on a circuit board. Unfortunately the relay does not play nice with the germanium transistors and I need to use a blue stomp switch, however to improve reliability I am using a small breakaway board that mounts to the switch.


Close-up of a completed vintage Fuzz circuit.
Close-up of a completed vintage Fuzz circuit.

We need your help to raise the money needed to pay for the initial expense of creating and manufacturing the custom circuit boards along with all the components and man hours needed to complete these pedals! We are very grateful to each and every one of you who help make this dream a reality!

We are offering cool custom stickers and T-shirts along with the hand-painted prototypes of each pedal you see in our video at various reward levels.

Audrey "Amp Candy"
Audrey "Amp Candy"

7/1/2013

We've just added four more custom pedal rewards and incentives! Check 'em out below.

1.) Custom "Scream" enclosure to house any pedal of your choice (with exception of Seraph Chorus or Shape EQ). The controls will be on the sides of the pedal and it will feature two LED eyes!

Custom "Scream" pedal of your choice.
Custom "Scream" pedal of your choice.

2.) Dual Velvet Vice compressor with Effect Loop!

Dual Velvet Vice prototype with FX Loop.
Dual Velvet Vice prototype with FX Loop.

3.) Custom Velvet Vice with Germanium Rangemaster. This will be a one-of-a-kind!

The custom enclosure that will house the Velvet Vice with Germanium Rangemaster.
The custom enclosure that will house the Velvet Vice with Germanium Rangemaster.

4.) This will be a custom one-of-a-kind "Switch" soft touch relay A-B switch.

"Switch"
"Switch"

Risks and challenges

At this point all the circuit boards are done. The only potential delays will be in the enclosures. Our etching process involves a lot of steps and a lot of trades.

1. The artwork for the enclosures is silk screened locally.
2. We etch the enclosures at our shop
3. CNC for the holes is done locally as well
4. Painting is done at a motorcycle repair shop just down the street.

Because the process involves 4 different trades there may be delays of up to 4 weeks. However if the project goes as planned we should be spot on with delivery.

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