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VFE Pedals is Closing Down

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by KHann, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. KHann


    Oct 23, 2018

    TL;DR He's just had a son with a cleft lip and needs more personal time, but is having a big sale on pedals if you're willing to wait for him to build them; the longer you can wait, the cheaper they get. Go to his deals page and you can see the terms:
    VFE Pedals :: Boutique & Custom Effects :: Education

    Fortunately doctors are pretty good with this sort of thing nowadays, so his little guy will be fine.

    I found this because I was trying to figure out how to identify (and so possible buy) a bass-modded Triumvirate. Can anyone supply a photo or something showing the difference between the stock and the bass mod, so I don't accidentally buy the guitar-based version? Thanks.
  2. I, too, would like to know the differences between the two Triumvirates, as I intend to get the VFE Triumvirate PCB from MadBean (several other VFE designs are available there as well).

    If you can find out the differences between the two, I'm pretty sure you could get the PCB from Madbean and use that one for the bass version, either soldering it yourself or a local iron-wielder to do it for you.

    I just tried to buy the Eagle Files that were up for sale, but the link didn't work. :(

    Didn't snap it up before because I didn't use Eagle, but...
    Just downloaded the Eagle Programme the other day, so when I saw this thread and then the video, thought every drop in the bucket helps fill it.

    I've emailed him to see if the Eagle files are still available, the differences between the bass Triumvirate and guitar version may be contained therein.
  3. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Hello, welcome to TalkBass, and thank you for this news. I love, love, love VFE Pedals. Peter is a fantastic human being and his pedals aren't bad either. Now I know never to sell my VFE Pedals custom Azabache or my Klein Bottle.

    Peter: We love you, man. Your son is going to be fine. He is a lucky little guy to be part of such a good family.
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  4. KHann


    Oct 23, 2018
    Hello, welcome to TalkBass, and thank you for this news.

    Thanks for the kind words. :)
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  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    My recollection is that the only difference between the guitar and bass Triumvirates is the settings of the internal trimpots for crossover frequencies. Makes sense given that the two versions aren't labeled any differently from each other. If true: with no other information, you could just tweak the trimpots until you got the best result.

    I have a bass Triumvirate that I haven't used much since I picked up some other multiband pedals. When I get a chance I'll peek inside to see how the trimpots are set. I haven't adjusted them, and I bought the pedal new from the VFE custom shop.

    Ordering from the VFE custom shop was an amazing process, btw -- I was sorry it was shut down a couple/few years ago, and I'm also sorry that VFE pedals is shutting down.
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    actually, the factory schematic states that the only difference between the guitar version and the bass version is that the eq trimpot values in the bass version are doubled.
  7. the bass version has all the crossover frequencies an octave lower . The pre-gain is also set lower from the factory, but this can be adjusted with an internal trimpot.
  8. KHann


    Oct 23, 2018
    I'm more interested in how you would recognize one when it appears, so that I can buy the right one. I'm hoping the only physical difference isn't inside the case.
  9. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    Shoot, still can't afford a Kline Bottle. Best wishes to VFE and family.
  10. 2010P

    2010P Banned

    May 13, 2017
    your best bet would be to buy the RUP pedal, which is the Triumvirate with all trimpots on the outside as well as a clean blend. There are two on Reverb now, although grossly overvalued. They've been up for months/years.
  11. Other than the seller telling you so, in most cases I don't think you can tell by outside looks, since (at least when I purchased mine) the buyer would pick the paint/enclosure graphics/knobs of there choice.

    Here's mine - no way to tell it's the bass version... no way really even to tell it's a Triumvirate


    There a RUP in the TB classifieds I believe...
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    this might help:


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  14. Heard back from Mr Rutter, he is planning on releasing his designs into the wild via Reverb-dawt-cawm or something, he's still working out the details.

    Meanwhile, the Eagle has landed, here. ;) I'm looking forward to dissecting and learning...

    For instance a quick perusal of the VFE Triplet reveals it owes a lot to Dan Armstrong, as the compressor section is basically an Orange Squeezer, the Octave-up Armstrong's Green Ringer and I haven't examined the schematic closely enough to determine what the distortion section is, but it's op-amp based and I'm guessing it owes some debt to the Blue Clipper or similar circuit (MXR Dist+/DOD250). I'll be taking a closer look when I have more time.

    I've been working on my own Dan Armstrong circuit amalgamation, so learning about the Triplet was kinda like receiving validation. :)

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