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Chris Robbins

 

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Post  Posted 7 Apr 2021 3:52 pm    
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Was curious has anyone put a Sarno black box in front of a Quilter steelaire amp? If so what was your outcome?
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Dale Rottacker


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Post  Posted 7 Apr 2021 6:40 pm     Re: Black box
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Chris Robbins wrote:
Was curious has anyone put a Sarno black box in front of a Quilter steelaire amp? If so what was your outcome?


Chris, I've got one in front of my Quilter 202 Combo... Its the first thing my guitar see's and it "LIKES" it. Wink Smile Very Happy
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Tom Campbell

 

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Post  Posted 8 Apr 2021 5:44 am    
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I used a "black box" coming direct from the pickup, then to my volume pedal, then into my Quilter Steelaire.

I since replaced the black box with a "Free Loader" because the "Free Loader" attaches to the guitar leg and has an easy to reach dial.

If you have an "active" volume pedal, that has a tone control, you don't need an additional "pre-amp" type attachment (black box/free loader) in front of Quilter.
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Patrick McHenry


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Seattle, WA
Post  Posted 8 Apr 2021 7:26 am    
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Tried both and the freeloader was way easier for me to dial in, it has hence become sort of like a volume pedal for me, I turn it up when it’s my turn to solo
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George Kimery

 

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Limestone, TN, USA
Post  Posted 10 Apr 2021 5:05 am     Black Box
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Patrick, can you elaborate on your statement about using your Freeloader sort of like a volume pedal and turning it up when it's your time to solo? The Free loader does not change the volume, only the tone. When I recently acquired a used 74 Emmons pp with single coil pickups,the Freeloader was acting like a volume control instead of a tone control. I have two Freeloaders and had used them in my Zum, so I knew they weren't supposed to change the volume. The problem was a bad pickup. I got Scott Schwartz to check it out and rewind it. Solved the problem and the pickup sounds much better. When you said you turn it up when you solo, maybe you are talking about boosting the highs to cut through the mix. I am just confused and thought you may also have a bad pickup and are unaware of it.
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Patrick McHenry


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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2021 10:18 pm    
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Nah I just crank it up to ten when I want to be heard over everyone and dial it down when we go back to the verse.... kind of like a volume knob but not cuz it changes your eq only
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Patrick McHenry


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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2021 10:21 pm    
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Nah I just crank it up to ten when I want to be heard over everyone and dial it down when we go back to the verse.... kind of like a volume knob but not cuz it changes your eq only
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Tim Harr


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Dunlap, Illinois
Post  Posted 15 Apr 2021 7:30 pm    
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Hi Chris -

I use a Black Box in front of my Quilter Amp when I record. I sometimes take with on other gigs. It does make a difference in the tone. I love mine!

Steel (BL705 pu) > Black Box > Telonics Vol Pedal > Quilter Amp
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