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Hudson Electronics UK Broadcast 24V Discreet Class-A Germanium, Transformer Coupled Preamp Pedal


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Up for sale, a Hudson Electronics, UK Broadcast 24V preamp effects pedal. This limited edition model has a distinctive green finish, featuring an internal voltage booster. The voltage booster converts the 9VDC coming in from the power supply up to 24VDC, giving the pedal increased headroom whilst being powered by a standard 9VDC power supply.

Hudson Electronics, located in Hutton, East Yorkshire, UK, offers hand-crafted vintage-flavored gain pedals built on vintage-style strip boards, using new old stock European germanium and silicon transistors and high quality components throughout. Every aspect of each build is completed by hand with high attention to detail, from the application of graphics through to final assembly and testing.

The Broadcast is a transformer coupled, discrete Class-A germanium pre-amplifier based on the classic broadcast consoles of the 1960s. The Broadcast features a specially selected Triad steel-core transformer and a Germanium transistor. Advancing the gain on the Broadcast starts to saturate the transformer and the pedal’s discrete circuitry, giving rise to a gentle and dynamic compression coupled with subtle thickening of the midrange.

The three-way gain switch offers preset modes (Low, Med, High). The Low-Gain setting offers notable headroom, and in the Medium setting, the Broadcast can cover everything from sparkling clean boost to transparent overdrive, all with a healthy dose of volume available to push your amp (the Medium setting is comparable to the Standard Broadcast’s low-gain mode when run at 9VDC). With the gain switch in the High setting and the trim control wound up, the Broadcast delivers heavier distorted sounds with a warm, fuzzy edge. The Broadcast covers a wide range of driven and distorted tones whilst remaining dynamic, responding well to pick attack and the subtle nuances of each player.

Broadcast Features (all models):

-Selected Germanium and Silicon transistors
-Specially chosen TRIAD Magnetics steel-core transformer
-BI Technologies potentiometers
-Lumberg jack sockets (rated for >5000 cycles)
-Heavy duty Alpha foot switches (rated for >30,000 cycles)
-Individually hand-built on a high-quality PCB, assembled, hand-wired, tested and packaged all by Michael Hudson

24V Broadcast Unique Features:

-toggle-switch to move between three preset gain modes (low, medium and high – medium is comparable to the Standard Broadcast’s low-gain mode when run at 9VDC)
-internal voltage booster for increased headroom
-run only from a 9VDC power supply