Russian Small Stone, came from the cold

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I’ve this pedal for few months now. It came to me in an enveloppe (?!) . It’s a really cool simple phaser , every geek knows the small stone , it is on the market since a lonnngggg time . I guess it’s one of the best selling at EHX. It appears that Jean Michel Jarre used one with his synths.

It has a really nice sound.  In my opinion simplicity is always the best solution . You may want a “sweep” control, an intensity control , a pot instead of a feedback switch but at the end people always returns to simple layout effect. This is maybe why EHX still continues to produce this phaser.

 

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The picture doesn’t show it but the build quality  is THE SHIT ! . The wires are so thin that they break as soon as they are manipulated .  They go under the board , but also on the copper traces . It’s really shitty ! Working on it can  produce more problems that for what you opened it up . The PCB traces are crap ,  I had to remake a solder joint on the LFO transistor to get the sweep back into the OTAs.

Let’s be honest , don’t spend more than 50 euros on it. Even less actually . Otherwise you get robbed !

(still a nice sounding pedal though)

 

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