While many valve overdrive pedals are designed to act as a low- to medium-gain preamp, the Valveslapper is most definitely a distortion device. Sharing the same taste for edgy, aggressive distortion as the rest of the Coopersonic range, this is most definitely not a smooth blues machine! Classic rock, punk and even metal, however, are on the menu, but the Valveslapper is not just about top-end bite and break-up. The sounds on offer are full-bodied and solid in the low end too. For anyone with a good-quality single-channel valve amp who wants to instantly add a distortion channel, this could be the ideal solution.
The gain on offer [from The Tubecleaner] might be clean, but there’s more than enough of it to push a good valve amp into overdrive. It’s also highly effective when placed in front of other overdrive and distortion pedals — applying a moderate boost here can create some wonderful additional sustain and break-up.
Raucous sixties-style fuzz; extreme noise generation; solid build
A fuzzbox that goes beyond the normal into sonic mania, if you like your fuzz to be on the edge or you need some wild noises on stage, the Germaniac may be for you.
The Valveslapper… is a rugged, hand-built distortion pedal that comes complete with 12V DC adaptor needed to power the two onboard valves, which shape its sonic character, up to high voltage.
Great range of distortion; EQ; build.
If sticking a couple of overdriven valves and a righteous amount of boost in front of your amp to get it screaming appeals, then this is the pedal to do it.