Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Overdrive Effects Pedal
Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Overdrive Effects Pedal is rated out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5
from Not bad, much improved with extra attentionOK, well, no one else has offered a review of the VTM, so I'll give it a go. I hope this helps someone.I bought this about 2 years ago and have used it a good deal. OK, if you're like me, you read the ads and descriptions and may think to yourself 'ok, looks alright, but it's a Behringer...'. Fair enough. I went ahead and bought one and am glad I did. Let me explain some background and add more info. First off, I play Fender/Squier guitars. I am not a professional -- a mere seasoned amateur and hobbyist; although I have played for a long time. I like single coils a lot and play blues/jazz/country (not much metal nor hard rock anymore). Second, I use the VTM as first effect in a signal chain that leads to a SS (Solid State) Fender amp.The VTM is solidly constructed (for the most part) - it's in a sheet metal case (actual weight is about 3.5-4 lbs), has a removable screw-on bottom sheet for access to tube, innards, etc. It comes stock with a Bugera (Chinese) 12ax7 tube -- well, at least mine did. The noise gate is adjustable, works, and can be quite handy. It is powered with a conventional 9v wall wort (included), and current draw if I remember correctly, is approx. 300mA.Out of the box, it produces lots of fuzzy distortion typical of metal / harder rock realm. So, if you like lots of buzz and fuzz, then this unit may suit you reasonably well straight out of the box.I am partial to Fender-like tones (less fuzz and distortion, more bright overdriven tones, with clarity..). For persons such as myself, I strongly suggest swapping the tube out for another. I did -- in several iterations -- and have found some tones that I really, really like from this unit. Let me explain more about that. At first, I tried the 'safe' thing keeping to 12ax7 tubes. I tried a JJ ECC803s and it made some improvement. Less buzz/fuzz, clearer high-end, some pretty gnarly mids, and full lows. Much better for those wanting a full, rich, harmonic-laden crunch to be sure. Then, I put in a JJ 12au7 -- then, for me, it REALLY CAME TO LIFE. Nicer, clearer and defined tone with an edgy crunch... oh, and LOTS of headroom resulted as well -- it got LOUD and began sounding pretty darn good. Then, thinking that some improvement was still lurking, I decided to swap the JJ12au7 out, and put in a new ("NOS") 1960s-era RCA 5963 (variant similar to a 12au7a).. and WOW -- I am extremely happy with it now. Great tone, even more headroom, .. it just made the unit spring to life.. by my ears. Typically, I use it with the Gain setting down between 0 and 1, and the Master max-ed at 10, but sometimes dial it back at times. Disclaimer: I have not tried the unit with 12ay7 nor 12at7 tubes... but, that might be an interesting endeavor.So, my advice: pick one up and be ready to experiment with tubes -- eventually, you can probably find a sound that is pleasing and suitable to you.Finally, my wish list to Behringer: alter the gain part of the circuit and/or change the value of the gain control pot. As it exists, it goes from barely any gain (eg '0') up to '10' -- which is entirely ridiculous. The really nice tones are located in the lower range of the gain control -- say between about '0' and '3'. -- and this applies even if 12ax7 OR 12au7 tubes in. If the pot were changed to just modulate that part of the gain range the unit would be even better.
Date published: 2016-04-15