That's right. We're making our public trade show debut in NYC on September 9-10th for the Stompbox Exhibit (information here). To be honest, its a fairly small event when compared to conventions like AES, and NAMM. Nevertheless, we're really looking forward to this! Jon will be representing LBA for the event and he'll have with him a few of our new Thunder Knob pedals, along with an Op-2 Comp. If you're in the area around then, please stop by with (or without) your guitar and plug in for a first hand experience of the Lightning Boy sound!
It has been a time of top secret hush hush as I worked over the past couple months to develop what is probably the greatest FX pedal design I've mustered to date. From an electrical engineering standpoint, its pretty advanced. From a musician standpoint, well I'll let you be the judge of that. I give to you one of my proudest achievements, Thunder Knob!
For all orders in the USA, shipping is now free. Its not a sale or a limited time thing. This is something I plan to keep as a permanent fixture. Dig around the store section of this site. New lower price on the Flux Bender, thanks to the new revision A. Here's the new demo of that if you haven't seen it already:
Lower price on the Op-2 Comp "BLEM." Just $299 USD + Free Shipping while supplies last. We only have 2 of the blemished models left, so don't snooze on this deal!
This past Monday I started labeling the LBII pedals (inside cover) as Revision A. I'll list out the updates below:
Anyone who purchased an LBII pedal before May 15, 2017 can have their pedal updated to Revision A for $10. Owner is responsible for round trip shipping charges to LBA. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an update to your pedal.
So many things are cooking, but is it all good? I created a group on facebook called the Lightning Boy Audio focus group. Its open to join, but a closed group that requires my approval for you to join. I'd prefer if you owned something LBA before joining. Your input would be more highly valued since you would have first hand experience with products. If you're on facebook and you'd like to join, please either use this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/793490294159998/ or look up Lightning Boy Audio focus group. Customer feedback is always appreciated. This is an opportunity to help direct the development of new and existing products. Thank you!
I reduced the price of the Op-2 Comp "BLEM" pedals. We have 4 in stock as of this post. They are now under $300. Thats about 17% off! Pretty sweet deal if you ask me. Its the same awesome pedal inside and its brand new. Just a misprint on the case. If you want to thicken up your guitar and add some warmth to your signal, this is the perfect pedal for you! Check it out here: Op-2 Comp BLEM
When I was getting the first batch of Op-2 Comp pedal cases made we did a run of about 18. Just after they came back I decided a few changes needed to be made to the pedal before we could release it. Those changes were made and we did another run of pedal cases with the correct printing. The misprinted cases are the BLEM models that we're selling for a reduced price.
The people said they want more demo's of the Lightning Boy II. To make the experience easy, I have a youtube playlist going that I will continually update with more videos as they come out. Here it is:
I've been getting a good number of requests for LBA to do more demos of the Lightning Boy II. I'll start by saying more are on the way, but here's something new for right now. Recommended to watch with headphones on or some good speakers.
I spent the past week building this custom stereo passive inductor EQ for a customer named, Dave Grundy. I think its obvious how the name, Grundy Q came to be. Dave wanted an EQ for his home hi-fi stereo, but he also wanted to be able to use it with his home recording setup. I designed the EQ to have useful frequencies for home room acoustics with a stereo hi-fi system in mind. Balancing that with usability in the studio world required some careful thought into what frequencies would be best. Budget and ease of use were both important factors in the design. Dave will be the first to tell you he doesn't have a lot of experience with equalizers, so I did my best to make it a no-brainer when it comes to practical use. Set the knobs at 12:00 and the EQ has a flat response from 20Hz-25kHz. The bass, mid, and treble knobs can boost or cut. Bass has selection of 20Hz, 40Hz, and 60Hz. I chose those frequencies because I know many speakers lack those deep tones. With boosting 20Hz on the EQ its like adding a subwoofer to your room. In mixing, I tend to gravitate to 60Hz for boosting bass guitar or kick drum. The mid section has choices of 300Hz, 500Hz, 700Hz. I feel these frequencies are general areas of mud in both mixes and in room acoustics. I would probably cut somewhere around 700Hz for my own living room, but if I were using the EQ to mix bass or kick I might boost 300Hz a tad. The treble is 10kHz or 20kHz. I felt 10k is a pretty standard high frequency control to have. Boosting 20kHz on this EQ adds a nice bit of air to anything. Each channel has a bypass switch on the top (near the center vacuum tube). There is a front panel switch (center) to choose unbalanced RCA ins/outs or balanced XLR ins/outs.
The Grundy Q tube compliment is a pair of 6922/6DJ8 dual triodes, a pair of EF806S pentodes, and a 12AU7 dual triode. 295v B+ for loads of sexy headroom. Only the highest quality parts throughout and of course, its wired point to point.
Overall, I'm super pleased with the results of this EQ. It sounds incredible and delivers useful control over frequencies in an easy to use package. Its flexible in operation, offers super low noise (which I'm all about), and sounds fantastic! I'm seriously considering offering something based on this as a product in the future. Unfortunately, that will probably be a long way off. My to-do list is long. As with anything, it comes down to time and money. Hopefully I can afford to bring something like this to market in the coming years.
Noise is -110dB A weighted. The EQ can boost your signal by about 6dB over unity. THD is 0.125%
A new sidecar module has arrived for the Lightning Boy II. Check out this video for a quick rundown on the Solo.
About the Author
Mike Congilosi II, Inventor/Engineer