New Trifecta

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New Trifecta

Postby MullyFX » Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:36 pm

will there be a new trifecta?
a version that's switchable to Ram's Head style sound would be cool.
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Re: New Trifecta

Postby David Barber » Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:24 am

MullyFX wrote:will there be a new trifecta?
a version that's switchable to Ram's Head style sound would be cool.


I'm not sure that the Trifecta will come back, although it's not written off either. The reason it went on vacation was the same reason many of our pedals went on vacation, the ultra-tiny-pedal-fad. That seems to be winding down, so we hope to be part of a more sensible trend of compact-pedals (not mini) with solid controls and the high quality audio people expected when hand built pedals emerged. Once we have a new shop, I hope to get back to work. For the time being my basement is the shipping, sales and inventory for Barber, I can't really work on new designs in the tiny space we have. Hopefully summer will be good to us!
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Re: New Trifecta

Postby MullyFX » Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:08 pm

yeah.. it doesn't need to be mini.... I always liked the standard Barber size.....

let it be summer.....
Guitar: Gibson The Paul, Taranaki Proto #2
Pickups: David Barfuss P33F
Barber Pedals: Trifecta, RedTonePress, BarbEQ
Other Pedals: TS808HW
Amp: Emery Sound Microbaby
Music: http://fallowdeerfawn.bandcamp.com/
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Re: New Trifecta

Postby hamerman » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:28 am

The micro pedals are fine for certain types of things, generally volume-tone-gain type pedals. I am always concerned with the quality of the pots, since two of them have to be the small board mount type. They are also basically unrepairable, being mostly SMD. The main reason I use them is that they offer pedals that are either too big for practicality (the Mooer ElecLady vs a vintage Deluxe Electric Mistress) or offer improvements (the mix control on the Mooer Ensemble King vs a vintage Boss CE-2).

One trend I do like is doing away with the battery option. I only use them when testing out a pedal or an arrangement on the pedalboard. I'd rather see the space used for something else, and it would allow for the switch to be moved closer to the bottom edge of even the large box. You could put a second footswitch in the standard Trifecta type box if you lost the battery. A couple of boutique builders (Vick Audio and Blackout Effectors) don't put in battery options for green reasons. Given that the isolated power supplies people use now have a couple of variable voltage outputs, you can even play with the dying battery effects. One pedal that was forward looking in that regard is the VHT V-drive. It had the ability to adjust the voltage up and down. I'd far rather have that (and pay a little more for it) than a battery compartment.

In the Barber line, only the LTD, Direct Drive and Tone Press could reasonably be put in a mini enclosure. Micro enclosures pretty require SMD parts. I'm fine with the standard boxes, as you can have trim pots, chip sockets for op amp changes and an easily repairable unit. A micro box is a one trick pony, whereas a full size box can be tweaked. There is a place for both, but personally, the mini box like the CDD is as small as I really like. The micro boxes are actually a pain to mount and connect up. I'm certainly up for some new Barber boxes when it becomes feasible to sell them again.
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Re: New Trifecta

Postby MullyFX » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:00 am

Okay.... I finally found a Trifecta and gotta say wow.....

no need for any changes!

If I was forced to name one, the only idea would be to leave out the push pull pot & put in a second footswitch for the EQ change (most people don't use batteries anyway these days so there would be plenty of room.

but even without this the Trifecta is AMAZING
Guitar: Gibson The Paul, Taranaki Proto #2
Pickups: David Barfuss P33F
Barber Pedals: Trifecta, RedTonePress, BarbEQ
Other Pedals: TS808HW
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