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Wah Phasor! Who Made One?

8/27/1998 6:57 AM
CJ Landry
Wah Phasor! Who Made One?
Does anyone know if there is such a pedal?  
I had this kid (the musician type, gosh they are pushy! :-D ) tell me he has seen one and I could not for the life of me think of who made one. He said Regal and then I thought of the food distributor company.  
Hey maybe they made Vienna Sausage too?  
Is this kid right, because he had me scratching my head??????  
CJ Landry
8/27/1998 8:41 AM
Don Symes

Sounds to me like an old Morley thing. They did some pretty bizzarre combinations.
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8/27/1998 9:17 AM
Maybe it was the Dunlop Roto-Vibe, which looks like a wah, but sounds like a phasor.  
Also, Morley made a vibrato pedal with a rotating tuna can filled with a mysterious oil. There's been some discussion about it on this board and it was mentioned in a GP article a few years ago. It also looked something like a wah.  
Be patient with these kid musicians. They come up with some pretty wild ideas which at first may seem ridiculous, but sometimes turn out to lead to something useful. Their advantage is that they don't know what "can't" be done.
8/27/1998 11:36 AM
CJ Landry

Morley, maybe??  
I have worked on a lot of pedals and Morley may have something similar.  
I also was thinking that DeArmond may of done something similar.  
I was only loking about the kid musician. Actually they make up a big part of my business and have some really wild imaginations in regards to different effects tricks and ideas. I have learned lots from them.  
CJ Landry
8/27/1998 11:49 AM

I have a schematic of such a thing. You have a phaser/notch switch. When in wha mode it's a bandpass filter with the center frequency controled by the pedal. In phaser mode the filter becomes a notch and the notch frequency is controled by the pedal. It's a single notch phaser, like a MXR 45.  
The filter is a state variable kind with opamps. You need a dual pot. I'm buying a new scanner saturday, so by monday I hope I can post it to you.  
8/27/1998 12:05 PM
CJ Landry

I would be very interested, Thank you GFR!
8/29/1998 1:10 PM
Mark Hammer
Actually, I've seen a number of odd little wah-type pedals by the Regal company so this may not be that farfetched. Indeed, I think it was Regal who put out one of those wahs with a siren and surf sound option. Near as I can tell, Regal was Japan through and through, but then I'm always surprised by how many of these things ended up being Italian, or from New Jersey, or something.  
Back when the first Craig Anderton EPFM book came out, I built one of the state-variable filters and mounted it in a wah-type footpedal assembly. Since it allowed you to select the notch position (LP + HP), you could sweep it just like a two-stage phasor (MXR45), on top of the various wah-like functions. Unlike the MXR unit, however, you could adjust the resonance.
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