Tube driven Pedals.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by el murdoque, Jan 24, 2022.

  1. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    -Do you use a pedal that's having a tube inside?
    -One that runs at proper voltage?
    -Is it a pedal that runs off DC voltage and is fed 9-18V?
    -Is it possible to use it to add tube grit?

    If your answer to all of the above is 'Yes', please let me know which pedal it is!
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  2. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    The only tube pedal I've ever used--and only for guitar--is the Chandler Tube Driver, which is powered by a single 12AX7 tube. They are still made, by Butler Audio. No idea how this would work with a bass guitar.

    Pulse Era BK Butler_Chandler_ Tube Driver.jpg
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  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Yes, I think so, maybe.
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  4. gtirard


    Feb 22, 2020
    Paris, France
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  5. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Yes to all of the above questions.

    Sushi Box Dr Wattson X and Sushi Box Space Heater. Plus I’ve got 2 more of his pedals on order for the February build slots.
  6. xI Jonathan Ix

    xI Jonathan Ix Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2020
    I use this, runs at 12v 500mA, I don’t know if it’s “proper” voltage but, it does the tube grit oh so nicely.
    Two Notes Le Bass:

  7. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
  8. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Night Owl Edison tube preamp, EF86 inside.
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  9. I've got a couple
    The Real Tube:

    And the Zoom B9.1ut which I found in a thrift store:
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  10. Tosh


    Jul 12, 2020
    Salem, Oregon
    I have the Blue Tube (from Tube Works, cousin to the one pictured above) it's "optimized" for bass and it works well on keys such as Fender Rhodes or Wurlitzer (or anything, really). It is not run from a DC power source. Gotta plug it into 120VAC.
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  11. Sam Crank

    Sam Crank Supporting Member

    May 16, 2020
    I use the EBS ValveDrive which satisfies all your requirements...


    EBS ValveDrive DI
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  12. Anachronism

    Anachronism Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    +1 on the Night Owl Industries Edison. Great design.
  13. OldShark


    Apr 18, 2021
    I have just started to play with the budget-friendly TC Tube Pilot, but I guess I'll use it more with guitar than bass. It has a 12AX7.
  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I like this one.
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  15. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Hahahaha, pathetic.
    We both know that the Robot Butterfly is not tube driven.

    You just wanted to flex the Sushi Muscle - admit it!
  16. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    BK Butler Real Tube
    BK Butler Blue Tube
    Vox Straight Six
    Blackstar HT Drive
  17. I have a DigiTech BP8 Valve multieffect that has a 12ax7 tube that uses a proprietary power supply. The tube is used in the preamp / drive section, I do not know the voltage level of the tube but it sounds good. It is an old piece of gear that still works well and sounds very good with many unique functions and features.
    I have several @Sushi Box FX pedals that are fantastic.
    I have also been using ART TubeMP boxes as DI and Mic pre amps for years that also have the tube sound and warmth without the grit. They use proprietary power supplies and again I am not aware of the operating voltage.

    In the past I have used the Butler/ Chandler tube drivers to some good result but their reliability was always an issue.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2022
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  18. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    I have both of the BK Butler ODs. The Real Tube has more OD than the Blue Tube.
    Both are AC powered; so, to answer your questions - yes, yes, no, yes…I guess I’m not qualified to weigh in.

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  19. I forgot to mention my ART stuff maybe because I'm trying to forget. Night Bass? Is that what it's called? Mine got real buzzy and noisy years ago and I can't face repairing it.
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  20. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I use an effectrode Blackbird and a Kingsley maiden bf. Both tube. Sound great. I've also used several sushi box pedals, Broughton super stack, and the Eden glowplug. You can def get some grit going on them all.
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