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The Replica: Final Prototype – Update: First Audio tracks!

18 Sep The Replica: Final Prototype – Update: First Audio tracks!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, the Replica is final!

All these demos and A/B recordings you hear, oscilloscope graphs you see – traces everything from input to output and every adjustment – is the work of our replica.

Our current prototype. That’s what we work and play with, at the moment.

 A lot of you have been following every step we made toward creation of the Replica – more than a year – and are chomping at the bit to get a unit.

 

“What’s holding it up?” You ask.

Almost as much effort – especially over the past few weeks, since the circuit boards have been printed – has gone into producing the cabinet we want house the Replica.

It may sound eccentric, but we decided – and stated – long ago that we want the Replica to make its debut not only /sounding /exactly like the SVDS, but looking like it.
Yes (sigh) there is an element of Nostalgia we’ve admitted to the timeline. Yes, we’ve taken some really big effort for insisting on that level of authenticity.
Yes, because the Replica exists to do magic things to sound, what it looks like could be thought to be secondary.  We know all that.

Supplying the case itself has just gone out for bids with several fabricators and the decision we made within the next couple of weeks. Physically, it will resemble the original SVDS almost perfectly. Unlike our above pictured prototype does.

How does it work?

It combines the full audio sections of a SVDS transmitter (X-10) and a SVDS receiver (63EX) in one case, without radio waves connecting both parts. They sit just next to each other on one board, and the input signal is processed in the “transmitter” and reprocessed in the “receiver,” exactly as it was in the original SVDS.

How does it sound?

The Replica is constructed and built with a HUGE financial effort – original SVDS units were located, bought, a superb techs did the reconstruction, it has high quality, high end, super good sounding parts – including some essential components that have been out-of-production for almost 2 decades – we looked under every rock to build up sufficient quantities of these components.

Now, the Audio tracks. Just some jamming and getting warm with the Replica.

First Audio track: Replica and Wizard Vintage Classic:

[jwplayer mediaid=”8364″]

Second Audio track: Replica and a Marshall 2203 from 1978:

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 Third Audio track: Replica and Marshall 1959 from 1976:

[jwplayer mediaid=”8368″]

Notes on the recording of the clips: 

With the exception of where and when noted, ALL amps settings were around: P0 (except on 2203 at the beginning); B7;M4-5 (between 4 and 5 variably); T4-5 (same); Volume 7-8

only effect used is reverb; added some limiting to the channel (from within ProTools) not to clip (thus distort) the signal. Two microphones used, one Neumann U87 and Neumann U67.

There will be two editions:

  • Gold Tag: The Replica in an original looking SVDS case.
  • Pedal: The Replica in a modern standard size stomp box pedal case.

Gold Tag Boxes will be delivered in an awesome looking case that looks just like that box Angus had sitting on his amp. And Pink Floyd. And Kiss. And lots of other great 70s & 80s bands. First rough price estimation for the “Gold Tag” version is around USD $400. Mr. Schaffer will sign each unit personally.

The first run of 100 units will be considered the very limited “Gold Tag” edition: each of these hundred will be designated for members who’ve signed for one on the preorder list numbered and signed/certified by Mr. Schaffer. Pricing for this short run (currently something around USD $400) will take into account some buffer room for unexpected expenses, etc.

Finally, the stomp box pedal version… this will carry a more popular price and will get its own announce, demo and test.

The full story we’re doing with the big version now. Prescription list will be opened shortly.

We’re happy. Enjoy!
Your SoloDallas Team.

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Franz Farklas
banane@exception.at

I'm born 1970, a big AC/DC fan since 1982, when I got the "Back in Black" cassette tape together with a little cassette player from my grandpa. Fully classic rock addicted, don't like "modern" music styles like HipHop. 2009 I got a Gibson SG standard ebony, learning to play AC/DC songs from tabs and videos since then. Beside that, I'm a totally computer addicted guy and Linux Server specialist. Working as internet server and network admin and part-time IT consultant. So, when I'm not behind my guitar, I'm behind the keyboard :-) Feel free to contact me at ICQ 71095781 or MSN banane@exception.at or skype ffarklas@exception.at.

261 Comments
  • avatar
    boladerock
    Posted at 23:42h, 26 October

    IN THE LAST 30 YEARS, WIRELESS SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AND UPDATED, TO BE MORE ACCURATE TO THE SOUND OF A INSTRUMENT CABLE. SO, MY QUESTION IS: WHY THE SCHAFFER VEGA, AND NOT A SHURE WIRELESS, LECTROSONICS, ETC, FOR EXAMPLE?

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    NathanBrazil
    Posted at 22:39h, 21 October

    Hey guys! Nice work!
    Will there be an Wireless replica aswell?
    Thanks

    • avatar
      AngusRudd1019
      Posted at 05:03h, 22 October

      No.Fil has spoken about this before saying it would have cost more and today’s wireless’ work fine enough with it

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    jakesg61
    Posted at 11:30h, 19 October

    Hi Banane, I am currently on holiday in Dubai at the moment, I do not have access to my pay pal account here, is it possible I can still put my name down on the pre order list and I can send payment when.I get home on tuesday?
    Jake

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    drucker
    Posted at 11:07h, 19 October

    so will the list be shown is this thread here .. or onother part of the forum

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    drucker
    Posted at 10:50h, 19 October

    how will the ordering take place ,is a deposit or full payment required or will we just be able to place our name on the list and if payment is required what methods will be available do you know can we pay with paypal ?

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      banane
      Posted at 10:55h, 19 October

      We chosed a partial prepayment, your names will be on a list and when your unit is ready for delievery, you’ll get a notice mail for paying the rest.
      Payment method will be PayPal only.
      But don’t worry, we figured everything out. Detailed infos will be published in about 70 minutes :)

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        drucker
        Posted at 11:05h, 19 October

        cheers for that banane

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    finmedic
    Posted at 00:10h, 19 October

    I’m ready to preorder, is 12:00 CEST now, or in 12 hours?

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 09:52h, 19 October

      In 2 hours 15 minutes from now on :)

  • avatar
    Kirk2000
    Posted at 03:13h, 18 October

    Kewl news.. I hope they have no problems getting orders for the first 100, especially with all the work they put into these.. I’ll be reserving two units myself.. KIRK

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    artbarsnstripes
    Posted at 00:32h, 17 October

    I’ll be sure to get my name on that pre-order list! Hello Pink Floyd!

  • avatar
    bhock4
    Posted at 14:40h, 16 October

    hey umm when are we alloud to pre order ?

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 15:47h, 16 October

      As soon as possible, perhaps by end of this week. At the moment we are finalizing the production costs.
      Sorry for the inconvenience, we’re just taking care to make you all a serious price :)

      • avatar
        depuis1899
        Posted at 16:00h, 16 October

        Franz, you I dont have to remember you to put me on the list right :) ?

    • avatar
      angus666
      Posted at 02:36h, 18 October

      Fil just posted on Facebook… October 19th!

  • avatar
    wheelman
    Posted at 01:43h, 14 October

    Off topic: Just curious to why you took down those beautiful photos you took of your gear? They were drool worthy. :)

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 09:45h, 14 October

      Whoops…this wasn’t intended, will have a look at this later today. Sorry, Galleries will reappear.

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