A clone of the Elka Dizzytone using the stock SFT352 and SFT308 germanium transistors found in some original units. Built on vero using carbon compostion resistors, Mullard tropical fish capacitors and Vishay/Roe electros. Styled loosely on my original unit with just battery power and no LED, and finished in a black powdercoat.
Here’s my original Elka Dizzytone fuzz. Made in Italy sometime in the late 60s/early 70s. It’s essentially a take on the Baldwin/Burns Buzzaround with some component changes, which give it a more aggressive, gated sound at high Sustain settings. This unit had a cheap looking replacement footswitch and the wiring was pretty shot when I got it, so I’ve replaced the switch and rewired it in the same style as the original units. It uses two SFT352 and one OC44 germanium transistors. Some units also used an SFT308 instead of the OC44.
A Tone Bender Mk1.5/MkII, switchable between the two circuits. Built using OC75 germanium transistors, Ero Vishay caps and BC/Philips electros. Finished in a black powdercoat with gold knobs.
A Tone Bender MkI built with ASY75 and 2SD37 NPN transistors, Ero Vishay caps and Philips electros and an additional Gain control. Finished in gold hammerite.
A Maestro Fuzz-Tone with additional Gain control, tone switch and voltage select switch. Built using mixed NPN germanium transistors and finished in gold hammerite with mini-chickenhead knobs.
A Maestro Brassmaster built on PCB with the stock 2N3392 silicon transistors and 1N457A diodes. Controls for Bass Volume (clean level), Brass Volume (fuzz level) and Sensitivity (fuzz depth). The toggles switch Harmonics 1/2 and Brass 1/2. Finished in gold hammerite.
A Rangemaster with a CV7003 (mil spec OC44) germanium transistor. Built on tagboard with Boost and Filter controls, an internal trimmer for bias, and a battery on/off switch. Finished in silver hammerite.
A Harmonic Percolator on tagboard with the stock 2N404 and 2N3565 transistors, big polypropylene caps and a 3-way clip mode switch. Finished in a black hammerite with clear/orange LED.
For James in Australia.
A Tone Bender MkIV built on vero with ASY29 germanium NPN transistors. The circuit has a negative ground, so its power supply may be daisy-chained with most other pedals. Finished in a yellow powdercoat with an orange LED.
An original silicon Mosrite Fuzzrite which uses the Sprague encapsulated circuit and is dated from 1968.