EBS Valve Drive

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Hi guys (and hopefully some girls too, if there are any on this forum... )

I haven't been posting much, but have read this forum a lot; and I have to say, it's been very useful and fun! But, the subject...

I bought an EBS Valve Drive overdrive/preamp today, and even by a short test with my Behringer ultrabass bx1200 and a fretless ibanez gwb35 (with way too old strings) it really blew my mind away. I KNOW that only time and experience in a band situation (especially with my Warwick X-treme rig which is located in another city where I live most of the time) will tell the truth about this pedal but right now I'm very hopeful and impressed! It sure brings me the kinds of overdrive I craved for,a slightly rough but still solid and musical sound and sometimes a harder crunch. (harmonics on the fretless sound amazing with this device set up right!)

I have an Ibanez PD-7 but I never really liked the way it works; sure it distorts, but it's more like chopping raw glass and nails with a chainsaw. Nothing I wanted but maybe suitable for someone.

Sorry for the long post but I'm just so excited right now and waiting to get to my X-treme and a band rehearsal! 8)

If you have experience with this pedal or any opinions, please share them!

:)
 
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Hi Bassment

Never tried that pedal - quite like to , but I'd never get the lid shut on my pedal-board!

However, I've always thought that anything made by EBS is seriously good quality stuff. Expensive, but worth the money!
 
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EBS pedals rock.& the little amber light on the Valve Drive is the cutest thing in pedals.
 
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we both have x-tremes and PD-7s, and your loving the valve drive. this is not good for my gas :wink:
 
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I think I might keep the PD-7 beside the EBS for some more distortion at times, the Valve Drive can bring me the little bit rougher sound I like to have there coloring my whole sound most of th time except when a fully clean sound is needed but when you need fuzzier stuff for a moment, then the Ibanez might be there for it. Although the sound loses much of its articulation and punch with that thing but gets some fuzz and buzz...
 
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Now I've played the EBS with my X-treme stack quite a lot and it seems to sound exactly like I wanted and indeed, I still have my PD-7 with it for some fuzzier sounds. But the warmth that the valve drive delivers is something that makes you feel like wanting a tube preamplified head.... like maybe a tubepath... :wink:

I sure like my x-treme and never have even played a tubepath but if the TP gets near that kind of warmth I could consider switching heads... X-treme is very articulate and clear and punchy, but at least with my EBS which has only one tube, I can sense a clearly broader sound, if you know what I mean. It's somehow rounder and fills the space more, with no bass or anything added. And I'm not talking about the distortion. just the sound.
 
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