Paul Cochrane 'Timmy'
At the moment the boutique pedal market is absolutely overwhelmed with low to medium gain overdrive pedals. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that they're easier to design than a good sounding high gain pedal, and the next is the quality of amps available today. Bear with me on this one.
Over the last 10 years the bar has been raised when it comes to valve amp tone. There are more choices of great amps available today to the mere mortal non rock star than there ever has been with an entire industry of boutique valve amps being born. More than ever, instead of trying to make an average amp sound better with pedals, we're merely extending our tones, elaborating on what is already a great sound. And the key word that proves my theory - 'transparency'. The tone mafia don't want you messing with their wonderful sounding amps, they just want you to be able to take their tone and give it a little nudge. So we come to the Timmy and what is so incredible about its circuit.
He aint heavy, he's my brother.
Hand made by Paul Cochrane in the U.S., the Timmy is the smaller brother of the 'Tim' overdrive pedal. There are differences in functionality but the real beauty lies in the circuit both pedals share. Its simple but insightful design lends it to be one of the most transparent tones available in a pedal today. The overdrive ranges from a totally clean boost to a creamy and smooth front end smack. The EQ is also fantastic allowing you to tailor the way the pedal works with the amp. The end result is that when you step on it, you still sound just like you, only a beefier, more powerful, and arguably more attractive version. Used as a clean boost, an OD or stacking with other pedals, the Timmy is truly outstanding and totally deserving of its stellar reputation.
How much should I pay?
Paul Cochrane is still making these by hand in the US for a very reasonable $100. Give him a call and he'll gladly put you on the waiting list. (do a search on www.thegearpage.net for Paul's contact details) Only problem is, that waiting list is now over 1 year long and it's getting longer every day. There is so much talk about these pedals online that the demand has just gone through the roof, and with that demand, the second hand market prices also rise. I recently watched one go on the Bay for £150. That's a second hand pedal for 3 times the price of a new one. Be warned, this will not polish a turd, it's not designed to, but if you love your tone and just want more of it, you have 2 options. You'll either need the patience of a saint, or start hunting the Bay and the online emporiums with a fist full of fun vouchers.
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