13 Nov The Word Spreads Out.

Dear Friends,

Been a while I haven’t posted here – home!

Very busy with “everything” 😀 But things are looking…. great, frankly.

Having said that, it seems like the word about Angus Young using the SVDS is… spreading out (check below). I wonder where they read it on?




Fil! :)


Article found by member RangemasterJim:

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05 Nov Current State Of The Schaffer Replica Development – Gold Tag Version – Part II

Dear members,

here’s the second update on as we told in the previous Replica news post, we’re currently working on plexiglass prototypes. Number one is assembled and working now, the other two will follow on Wednesday. And on Thursday Franz will enter the plane to Rome to bring two of them to Fil, for video and audio recordings.

Just keep in mind that these are still prototypes and “intermediate” versions, in its development state between the very first prototype you heard in this posting and the final version we will build for you.

The final version will have one more knob at the front which will allow you to mute the signal for playing pauses without turning the whole unit off.

Since the Replica is built after the original SVDS, it’s operated similar. The left tuner adjusts the SVDS Transmitter input sensitivity, which is basically a boost/compression tuner, the right tuner adjusts the front “Monitor” output volume of the SVDS, basically another boost.

Guitar input is at the front, signal output and footswitch connectors are at the rear, together with the On/Off switch which includes the fuse and a mains power noise filter. The “Boost” LED shows the state of the true bypass: “Boost” on means Replica engaged, “Boost off” means guitar signal is passed through the unit. The bypass itself is done with a relay and super silent.

Enjoy some photos:

Plexi-Replica and SVDS


Plexi Replica and SVDS 2


Plexi Replica and SVDS 3

The Replica preorder informations can be found here:The SVDS Replica Preordering opened!

We’re excited to try them out together in a few days.

Your SoloDallas Team

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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:

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

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 Third Audio track: Replica and Marshall 1959 from 1976:

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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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18 Sep The eBay “Watch” Post

Update info as per 18th Sep 2012: removed outdated links and older comments. Banane (Franz)


I am frequently asked by many of you “Fil, what could or should I buy…? Would this or that be good, and how much should I pay?… listen Fil, this one sounds like a great rock and roll guitar….?”

So this is the place for you to post links to point me to, or for me to point you to, equipment sales ads of interest.

So from time to time I’ll post here selected eBay items (and other internet places/links) that either I would buy myself or strongly suggest you to look into. Please feel free to do the same in the comment boxes below, I’ll look into them eventually and add it to the post here).

Most of the time, I will look for/will be looking at issue/bargain pieces.


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16 Jul Updated: SoloDallas.Net T-Shirts. Who Wants Them?

Update as per July 16th, 2012 by Banane (Franz)

Dear members,

because we a) switched to solodallas.com (though solodallas.com still belongs to us, it’s just forwarded to .com) and b) there will be new shirts in autumn we decided to throw the rest of the shirts out, very cheap. We’re making a loss with them now but at least we can free up some storage space and the shirts get worn, hopefully.


As we announced on the Facebook page:

Headstock shirts are still available in the sizes: S, L, XL & XXL

Guitar shirts in the sizes: L, XL & XXL
Headstock shirts cost: 12€/ US $14,70
Guitar shirts cost 10€/ US $12,25


All prices excluding postal. Please drop me a mail to banane@exception.at for ordering.

No, the girl is still not for sale 😛


Rock on,



Update as per September 18th, by Banane (Franz)

Dear members,

Fil and I decided that I’ll continue the shirt handling. So I did some cleanup work here in this posting to make things short.

For ordering shirts, please leave a comment here, I read them all. Or write me a mail to banane@exception.at with your order and your full postal address, so I can calculate the postal costs and send you a mail back with all information.

And don’t forget to send a photo of yourself wearing the shirt to member frankjoss for our upcoming members gallery:

Member frankjoss (Frank) plans to make a nice rogue gallery poster of us all, wearing our shirts. So, if you want to see yourself on the poster, shoot a nice pic of yourself and send it to Frank: knarfm@wanadoo.fr

Please consider Frank’s needs for the photos:

Could all members who “donate” a photo try and get the full torso in arms and head from waist up no cropping… it’ll just make things easier for me without inventing hair-dos and adding elbows etc etc. Also when you send me the mail could I have your heights we’ll get the proportions right.


Final T-Shirt prices including package costs, without postal charges

Guitar T-Shirt


Headstock design 1 Shirt: €16,50 / US$23,24 / GBP 14,48                Guitar design 1 Shirt: €13,50 / US$19,01 / GBP 11,85

There’s no profit made with the shirts. Just our own costs will be covered.

Postal charges

Location              Costs 1 Shirt    Costs 2 Shirts    Costs 3 Shirts
EU Priority             6,20 €               8,00 €                 10,75 €
World Priority       6,85 €              10,75 €                17,85 €
World Economy    5,54 €                6,20 €                11,00 €

Because of the very long delievery times when using economy, I recommend priority delievery.


Payment can only be done via PayPal. Ask me for bank wire payment within Europe.

To give you an idea how his is how the shirts look like, I asked my stepdaughter Sonja for playing my T-Shirt model with the M size shirts:

Guitar design

Headstock Design


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