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HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 4804

So...this thing is in the house...

https://i.imgur.com/KfNwmXe.jpg






...and it sounds mental!

It’s a Cold War-tastic Formanta Lider-2. It weighs as much as a 1981 Gaz-24, too.


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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 6609
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    Who built it

    Where was it built

    Never seen it before

    Looks like a control panel for Sputnik - especially with those spelling

    I assume some form of envelope filter
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 5454
    Me likey the sliders, and the Russian writing words.
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  • stonevibestonevibe Frets: 3907
    That looks fun, can we hear it?
    How much does it weigh? & Does it play like butter?

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  • prlgmnrprlgmnr Frets: 1781
    XOP is so overused
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 26001
    That is proper bonkers.
    A video would be helpful.
    Les miroirs ternis et les flammes mortes.
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 5886
    edited February 2
    Either Putin has invaded or the H7 gear event horizon now spreads to Russia.
    Be seeing you.
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  • I...er...wanted to make some kind of joke about that but frankly, I want one. I don't care what it does, I just want one. 
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  • Seriously though,it appears to be a Soviet version of something like a Boss ME 50 - all seperate stompbox functions, discrete but in the one box with proper knobs for controls. Well it's that or it summons Daleks in Russian. Could be either. or both. 
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  • HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 4804
    edited February 3
    While it *looks* a bit like a Roland GR-300, it’s most definitely not a guitar synth. As @Doctorstewie says, in reality, it’s essentially quite a simple multi-effects unit (with a wee bit of fancy switching). However, more on this later...

    Cobbled together specs from t’interweb:

    The Lider-2 is a guitar effects processor produced in the 1980`s by the Katchkanar radio equipment factory "Formanta", which also produced synthesizers (Polivoks, Manual, Maestro etc).

    Effects:
    *Tone Corrector
    *Flanger
    *Chorus
    *Solo
    *Rhythm

    Controls:
    *General - Amplifier (ON)
    *Output (Effect, Scale)
    *Trigger (ON)

    LED Indicators:
    *Control
    *Overload
    *Effect

    Tone Corrector: 
    *Level
    *Tone 1
    *Tone 2
    *Tone 3

    Flanger: 
    *Range
    *Brightness
    *Rate
    *Width

    Chorus: 
    *Frequency
    *Detuning

    Solo:
    *Spectrum (Tone)
    *Rock Tone
    *Sub Octave

    Rhythm
    *Guitar

    Footswitches:
    *Tone Corrector
    *Flanger
    *Chorus
    *Solo/Rhythm
    *Effect Bypass

    It’s built to agricultural standards, is heavier than a heavy thing and sounds mental.

    This example seems to pretty much fully work, but is in need of a damn good service (noisy controls/sliders with drop-out, etc).

    In many ways, the modulation effects are similar to UK stuff of the era (think Carlsbro Chorus, Flanger, etc - those huge mains-powered things with the coloured stripe). Very analog-sounding and not as ‘rich’ as, say, a Boss CE-2.

    It gets interesting when you run everything together - the Octave section is quite OTT and musical, so you’re suddenly in Muse-esque territory.

    There are some demo vids online, but most don’t seem to do the unit justice in terms of the “crazy” factor (most appear to be from Reverb sellers, so maybe dwell more on other attributes).

    All-in-all...I love it! D


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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 45848
    If it’s essentially a Soviet ME-50, can you get me one too?

    :)

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 16443


    Tone Corrector: 


    Sod the rest of it, I need this schematic!
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  • HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 4804
    ICBM said:
    If it’s essentially a Soviet ME-50, can you get me one too?

    :)
    If only it had an analog delay, too...


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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 6609
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    It’s built to agricultural standards, is heavier than a heavy thing and sounds mental.

    built by those who built a T34 by the sound of things
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 5304
    that certainly is an...er....thing....alright
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 642
    That is totally asking for a Fredric effects clone from @timhulio... :-)



    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • 77ric77ric Frets: 192
    Looks like it was designed by someone who had never seen a multi-fx unit and had only the very vaguest of 2nd hand descriptions of a blind man to go on. 

    That said it has big sodding chunks of cool about it. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 45848
    77ric said:
    Looks like it was designed by someone who had never seen a multi-fx unit and had only the very vaguest of 2nd hand descriptions of a blind man to go on. 

    That said it has big sodding chunks of cool about it. 
    That’s a fair description of most Soviet-era guitar gear!

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 5886
    You should see their analogue synthesizers! 

    Perhaps, you can? H7 probably already owns examples of most of them. ;)
    Be seeing you.
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