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BSM OR Treble Booster:
The German made BSM OR Treble Booster is identical to the Orange Treble & Bass booster made in the late 60's in England, as used by David Gilmour in Pink Floyd. When used with a good tube amp, the unit is capable of producing the the tone which helped create epochal masterpieces such as "Umma Gumma´(1969), "Meddle"(1971) and "Dark Side of The Moon"(1973). Wishbone Ash´s Andy Powell and Ted Turner were also dedicated users of the original Orange Treble & Bass booster, which helped create the band's searing dual guitar harmonic rock style. The long yearned for new edition, now issued under the name OR from BSM, uses the same OC76 germanium transistors as the the original 1960's version.
The OR model includes a tone control which allows an extraordinary amount of tonal versatility. When set to maximum, the unit produces a very glassy tone. When a middle setting is dialed in, the result is a punchy tone with a mids emphasis. When set to minimum, the unit produces a very bassy tone with a fat bottom end. It is of interest to note that David Gilmour used the Orange Treble and Bass Booster to drive a new 100 watt Sound City stack, later replaced by a 100 watt Hiwatt stack.
Almost all British rock guitarists using single coil pickup guitars used some type of germanium booster from the late 60's to the mid 70's. By the end of the seventies, these boosters were replaced by a new circuit from Japan, the so called Tube Screamer and other similar overdrive circuits. These were based on the old boosters and therefore had a very similar frequency response. The germanium boosters on the other hand, sadly fell into oblivion despite their unique and inimitable sound.
OC76 germanium transistors are carefully selected (over 50% are rejected by the manufacturer) and resin soaked over a three day period (to guarantee tension-free stability), to ensure superior sonic characteristics, optimal performance and long trouble-free life. The circuit is true bypass and has been updated to comply with current standards as well as eliminate unwanted noise and radio interference inherent in the original 60’s designs.
All BSM pedals are handmade in Germany with meticulous attention to detail and offer guarantee periods of 1 year for all mechanical parts, including the switch, pots, jacks etc. and 3 years for the electronics. BSM stompboxes are built like tanks and should last forever.
Sample 1 (with OR off)
Sample 2 (Glassy Tone)
Sample 2 (Bassy Tone)
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