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Faustone Valve Klipper

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Mar 15th, 2020. Artwork published in
circa 2010
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    2X 12AX7 Fuzz Unit.
    Source: www.flickr.com Iain Hinchliffe. License: CC BY-NC-ND.

    2X 12AX7 Fuzz Unit.

    With the Valve Klipper Distortion Unit, Fausto Pérez aimed “to capture in a pedal one of the ingredients in the signature sound of Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath: the distortion circuit of the Laney Klipp amplifiers he played in the early ’70s.”

    The typeface for “Valve Klipper” was apparently chosen in reverence to the period, too: Released in 1965, Countdown was big in the 1970s. The Faustone logo is set in caps from Futura Display (1932), while the interface labels and other small type show Gill Sans (1928) [edit: it’s Johnston Underground, see comments]. The script used for “Hand built in Spain” on the MKII model (see below) reveals that these stompboxes are not really from the 1970s: Sloop Script was first issued in 1994.

    MKII Distortion Unit.
    Source: www.flickr.com Iain Hinchliffe. License: CC BY-NC-ND.

    MKII Distortion Unit.

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    • Countdown
    • Futura Display
    • P22 Underground
    • Sloop Script

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    3 Comments on “Faustone Valve Klipper”

    1. Hello! This is Fausto, the designer and builder of this pedal. What an honor to be featured here; this is a website I visit very often!

      Thanks to Florian Hardwig for considering my work!

      Just one minor correction: the sans serif is not Gill Sans (but almost!), it’s Johnston Underground :)

      Thank you.

    2. Fausto, great to hear from you!

      And thanks for the correction, it’s appreciated. Apparently I didn’t pay enough attention when it came to the small type. Fixed now.

    3. Brilliant, thanks again Florian!

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