March 1st marks the end of instrument FX pedal production for Lightning Boy Audio and signals the start of a new era for LBA. I will be building pedals for the next week or two as I complete the last orders and get them shipped out. After that I'll be starting on some long awaited projects. The very first thing I'm going to work on is a new plate reverb for my recording studio. The new reverb will take all I've learned from working on vintage EMT 140 reverbs and all I've learned from building hi-fi tube amps and combine them into the most badass analog plate reverb to ever grace the Earth. I am literally setting out to create the best sounding reverb processor ever.
After I conquer the reverb, which will be no small feat, my next project will be a stereo passive EQ. This is something that I've wanted to do for many years. Thankfully I held off for as long as I did because now I have spent over 4 years of R&D on my prototype, which is so impressive sounding its just plain ridiculous. I'm very excited to finally be building this equalizer because I know how epic it will be. Words can't describe how beautiful the prototype sounds AND the crazy thing is the prototype is made out of spare parts and salvaged junk. It looks ugly as hell, but it works great and sounds even better!
After the EQ is complete I will be building a very limited run of super high-end rack mounted studio guitar amps. I'm probably only going to make 5-10 amps. I already built a prototype which blows away anything I've heard before. Its a 30 watt singled ended class A hand wired tube amp. Its going to have a killer tube powered spring reverb (which may be optional, but I haven't decided yet). I already built a standalone rack mount tube reverb for a very faithful LBA customer, which this amps reverb will be based on.
About the Author
Mike Congilosi II, Inventor/Engineer