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Electronic Orange Moon Vibe - Univox Univibe Clone - Brand New!
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New other (see details): A new, unused item with absolutely no signs of wear. The item may be missing the original packaging, ... Read moreabout the condition
Up for auction is an Electronic Orange Moon Vibe - Brand New Never Used. Just downsizing the pedal collection to only what I need, ya know how it is.

Moon Vibe is an improved clone of the famous late 60's phaser Uni-Vibe. The Uni-Vibe was invented by the Japanese engineer Fumio Mieda in 1968 and consequently manufactured by Shin-Ei/Univox/Unicord. The unusual phasing unit quickly made its way to the rigs of guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, etc.
The original design uses a pulsing light bulb to control seemingly randomly designed phase stages (apparently tuned by ear by Mr. Mieda, as there is no logical order in the part values). Another feature is that the depth of the phasing effect depends on the speed - the higher speed brings more depth, the lower speed makes the phasing go smoother. Unlike the other phasers, Uni-Vibe(a well-built unit) provides a very prominent, deep and natural sounding effect - nothing like those 70's chemical, disco sounds. There is also a toggle switch mounted on every unit, to swap between Phaser and Chorus effect. The switch was misleadingly marked as "Chorus/Vibrato".
If you want to hear a real unit (as the eBay prices do not let the most of people afford one) check out Jimi Hendrix songs like Machine Gun or Angel, or Breathe/Any Colour You Like by Pink Floyd. Another "Vibe album" to mention would be probably "Bridge of Sights" by Robin Trower.

Moon-Vibe is an exact Uni-Vibe clone with some extra features that improve the behaviour of the original units:

1. Quality of the phasing of the originals varied from unit to unit, as the depth of the "heart-beat" very much depends on precise values of the particular parts. That's why we handpick the crucial parts for every Moon Vibe unit to achieve the best results.

2. Moon Vibe incorporates the true bypass switching, where the originals did not have any bypass at all. They were fully engaged all the time, and musicians just used the expression pedal to turn the effect down by lowering the bulb intensity. Also, the volume drop that often follows true bypass installation has been eliminated.

3. There is an internal switch in the Moon Vibe that let's you choose between the vintage and modern sound. The original vintage sound suffers from a slight treble loss, the modern sound option keeps the trebles in. The switch is mounted right on the board inside the box.

4. At the time Uni-Vibe hit the market, terms like phaser or chorus hadn't been really defined yet. That's why were the original units marked "Chorus" for phaser effect and "Vibrato" for chorus. We changed those terms to more contemporary "Phaser" and "Chorus".

5. Moon Vibe features the mod that has been introduced in David Gilmour's unit - the higher speed mod. David Gilmour used the top speed in Any Colour You Like.

6. There is a pulsing LED indicator on Moon Vibe that visually shows the speed selected.

7. Instead of the expression pedal (speed control) that was provided with the original units, Moon Vibe has a large speed knob that can be operated by your foot, and gives you better visual perception of the speed selected.

8. There are 2 internal trimmers inside Moon Vibe that let you preset the intensity and character of the phasing effect. They are set to the maximum depth and symmetrical phasing, so you basically don't have to change those settings at all.

9. Polyester caps are used instead of the electrolytes. They are more durable and keep better sound fidelity. This is not a mandatory approach though, we can use electrolyte on demand.

10. When you turn the pedal off, the bulb light is turned down. This clever feature extends the light bulb's life span.

Original units used by: Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Robin Trower ...
Controls: Volume, Speed, Depth, Phaser/Chorus switch
Contemporary trend: LED indicator, speed mod ala Gilmour, internal switch for vintage/modern sound, internal trimmers to adjust the character of the sound, True Bypass ON/OFF switch

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