As we all know, one of *the* iconic guitar tones that makes most guitarists go weak at the knees, myself included, is that tone as recorded on the John Mayall 'Beano' album, featuring a young Eric Clapton. He got his sound by punching the front end of a Marshall JTM45 combo (the so-called 'Bluesbreaker' amp) with a Dallas Rangemaster treble booster.
Originals change hands for ?stupid. The crucial parts, chiefly a germanium OC44 or OC71 transistor are *loooong* obsolete.
But, hold hard, stout yeomanry.
I have a dear close friend who just happens to be a highly qualified and respected audio engineer. I went over for a chinwag with him this morning and I discovered that:
a) He has a *limited* supply of NOS Mullard OC44/OC71 transistors and
b) the inclination to build a dead on clone of the Dallas Rangemaster. With a twist...
The new circuit has a much improved signal/noise ratio over the original and I have persuaded him to include a toggle that gives the original treble booster function and the added ability to boost the full audio spectrum.
Well, sod it, dunno about you, but *I'm* having one and this is where it gets interesting.
Starting late December my mate is going to build a strictly limited number of these clones. I have persuaded him to offer them *exclusively* to Guitar Grounds members on a first-come-first-served basis. Once those oh-so-important germanium transistors are gone they're er, well, gone.
To confirm an order, we require a 50% non-refundable deposit up front to cover costs.
The price? A very reasonable ?100 + P&P
They will not be advertised anywhere else. These are going to be the real deal. Offered at a price that is less than other clones and significantly cheaper than a real Rangemaster, if you can even find one.
Priv me if you want to place an order.