London-based Frederic Effects has designed a new pedal based on the old East German Vermona Regent. It’s called the Regent 150 preamp and it incorporates some old NOS transistors.
Frederic Effects Regent 150 Preamp
The pedal is inspired by the preamp of the Vermona Regent 150K amplifier, a common amp model across the Eastern bloc. The Regent 150 uses 40-year-old East German NOS transistors to help get as close to the original as possible.
Three Simple Controls
The Regent 150 has three controls labelled Bass, Treble and Volume that let you mess about with your sound. Frederic Effects says that it has clean, glassy highs and that the bass, when boosted, is warm and defined (the website says the lows don’t get ‘flubby’).
You’d normally be using this as an EQ or perhaps as a boost. It might also be the kind of effect you’d leave on all the time to give your sound a special extra little something. Check out the sound of the new Frederic Effects Regent 150 preamp pedal in the official demo video below. It can be ordered direct from the company’s website.
It’s an interesting pedal and the sound in the video suggests this could do a nice job as a clean, almost HiFi-like preamp. So not the weird sound-mangling effect you might expect of a preamp designed behind the Iron Curtain. The circuit designers in the Eastern Bloc had some chops, it would seem…
RRP – GBP 120
- Frederic Effects Regent 150 preamp NOS transistors: Frederic Effects
- Frederic Effects Regent 150 preamp: Frederic Effects