Vintage spec Tone Bender MK 1.5 clone from Reuss Effects Denmark. Reuss is currently selling their V2 Copenhagen Benders. This is V1. OC140 transistors.
Massive sounding germanium fuzz, a take on the Tonebender MK1,5. Cleans up really well and it roars like a beast at full blast.
From the builder:
Tone Bender MK 1.5 Germanium fuzz-box
Between the honeyed smoothness of a good germanium Fuzz Face and the strong fuzz tone of a vintage Tone Bender MK II, this is the Copenhagen Bender. The pedal is based on the highly sought after Tone Bender MK1.5. vintage sixties two transistor.
The Copenhagen Benders are built with a pair of carefully selected and matched USA made OC140 KRC germanium transistors, which are the NPN equivalents to the PNP OC75/OC81 used in the vintage original pedals.
The sound is 100% authentic vintage, and the NPN properties of the transistors make it possible to power the circuit, unmodified, with negative ground polarity. This is a huge advantage over vintage original pedals, which can be difficult to integrate into a modern pedalboard due to their reverse power polarity (positive ground).
Reuss Copenhagen Bender features and specifications:
- True to vintage circuitry based on the 1960s tonebender brand MK1.5
- Old, New, and Carefully Matched OC140 Germanium Transistors*
- Extremely high build quality. Completely handmade in the European Union
- No SMD parts. Vintage-style through-hole construction
- Compact white/gold “grain” powder-coated aluminum housing with screen-printed graphics
- High-quality Neutrik jacks, hand-wired
- Improved, high quality Mammoth Electronics switch (good for at least 15,000 clicks)
- Works with 9V DC ’Boss’ type power supply or 9V battery
- Shipped in a 'reuss' box and linen bag
Please note: being an old circuit, the fuzz needs a high impedance input signal to sound correctly. Any low impedance signal from a buffered bypass pedal (such as a Boss or Ibanez or similar) will cause the effect to sound bad. It will lose punch and fullness and sound thin and fizzy. Not as planned. Always put an old fuzz circuit (tone benders, fuzz faces, etc.) first in your chain.