New Darkglass B7K (Made in US)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BassUli, Oct 4, 2012.


  1. BassUli

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  2. Road Bull

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    I am trying to decide if I want a B3K or the B7K. I am well stocked on DIs at the moment. I have a Sansamp PBDDI and a MXR M80+DI atm. I use the PBDDI more for the tone shaping, and the M80 at the end of the chain for overall volume control, as I live in an apartment and have to watch volume at my late hours. The B7K looks nice though. I don't use the distortion on the M80, so it might go away if it's duties become too repetitious. I will be getitng one of the two soon. Maybe an early Christmas present to myself..

    Has anyone here had both the B7K and the B3K? Did you find the extra controls and options on the B7K to be worth it?
     
  3. MSUsousaphone

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    Kinda wish they would have revisited adding a second footswitch for a gain boost. Looks great, though. The B3K wasn't my sound but it was a great pedal that I could tell would be for many others.
     
  4. BassUli

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    From what I watched on YouTube, the dirty of the pedal is amazing. You can from a little buzz to something very dirty.

    I bought a B7K, because the EQ and DI were something I was looking for.
     
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  6. demonmalfas

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    My B7K will arrive in few days!
     
  7. Spencer!

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    No space! Those XLR and 1/4" jacks take up all the room inside.
     
  8. scottfeldstein

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    These things sound supernaturally good. I'd never give up my Source Audio distortion, but for the sake of tubey goodness in a DI... if I could get it past the minister of finance, I'd be on it.
     
  9. Epitaph04

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    Really thinking about upgrading my B3K...
     
  10. Darkglass

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    Well! The new batch is ready and we have a few units that aren't sold yet!

    Regards, Doug.
     
  11. Darkglass

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    Thanks for the kind words mate!
     
  12. Fro 20

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    bear in mind, though, that (unless they've changed this in the US models) the XLR out only functions when the pedal is on.

    to me it's still worth the extra dough. I have alot of cool pedals but if I cca't fit my board and can only bring one, it's always that one
     
  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't have experience with the B7k but I do own a B3k, I wish I would have spent the extra $100 for the EQ and D.I., I am kicking myself now for it and I don't think I'll ever eat the money and upgrade.

    So I would get it unless your super broke, but then why would you be buying boutique pedals...
     
  14. FaithNoMan

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    I have a lot of respect for reviews like this. More than the "Meh, not so great", you thought beyond what you like.:) I think a lot of the time, people forget that we are talking about *sounds* here, and not washing machines, or some appliance(which either work good or not)

    And, I think I fit in with the last part of your statement
     
  15. Spencer!

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    We did change this for the USA models - the XLR now works when the pedal is bypassed.
     
  16. DeltaPhoenix

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    WOW! Good Call...
     
  17. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I have had both the B3K and I just sold my B7K I liked the B3K better I don't gig so I play at lower volumes than most folks on this forum and to me the 3K was easier to dial in and quieter but if I gigged I would have kept the 7K it's one of those pedals you just have to own at least once same with the 3K which I will be purchasing again soon
     
  18. Christian Waiau

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    Got my B7k yesterday and Its quite awesome. I've owned almost all of the tech21 stuff(para, bass driver, RBI, rpm, XXL, and vt) and this is just on another level. What I wasn't expecting was how well the clean tones are. I mainly wanted it for the dirt but the eq is very well centered. I was mostly a 400/800 hi/low mids guy but I'm finding the higher set eq is a bit more versatile.

    Very refreshing to use something that isn't a tube screamer or sansamp based od. I always felt those didn't sound as open and natural as I wished they could.


    The blend sounds natural as well..some pedals I've tried like the sparkle drive that have blends don't seem to "blend" the two signals well. At least IMO.

    I waited too long to get one lol.
     
  19. musicman666

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    Reminds me of the Sansamp BDDI...with the scoop.....Just not as much gain at hand.
    There I said it!
     
  20. Christian Waiau

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    I don't think it goes in to fuzz territory but I hear Doug will have that covered soon lol.

    I think the eq is far more versatile as well... The sansamp seems to only do "sansamp"

    I may be bias because I could never get a good tone with any sansamp... I really did try to make it work lol
     
  21. musicman666

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    I trust your opinion on the versatility of the EQ. That is my only beef with the sansamp...From the video I am really digging the OD on this pedal much more. It sounds very natural to me. How is the DI?
     

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