Imaginary interview with the builder about Kasleder Fx – Pelion Overdrive
– Is the Kasleder Fx – Pelion based on a known circuit?
Yes, the Pelion is a Klon Centaur clone, but my interpretation of what a Centaur clone should be. I have built my first Centaur clone about eight years ago. I’ve since made many versions of it over the years. It was a very exciting adventure, I have experimented a lot and I think I covered the topic pretty well to understand what makes this circuit so special. However, despite the previous satisfied user feedback, I put the project aside for almost four years, as I felt that something was still not right and I could make it even more authentic. Actually, this became my obsession, to make my pedal as similar as possible to the original.
– Why do you think it makes sense to launch another Centaur clone in 2023?
Because as strange as it sounds, the Pelion is a little different from other Centaur-based pedals on the market. Not better or worse, just different. What else can be said about one of the world’s most popular drive pedals dissected over and over for so many times? Probably nothing, so I won’t bore you with the technical parameters, which I think you already know if you are here.
– What sets it apart from the rest of the Centaur based circuits?
There are two things that in my opinion are essential to make this circuit even more perfect. The Pelion is a True Bypass pedal, so when the effect is turned off, the signal does not pass through a buffer circuit, as with the original pedal and the clones that follow this topology. This is really important to know.
– And what is the second improvement you have made?
The turning point came about a year ago. I am an addicted vintage parts collector and I often go out scavenging for parts based on mouth to mouth news about old stock repositories of electronic components. I have found in a very small barn in a very small village, something that seemed to be the remnants of the warehouse of a long closed company filled with the most perfect NOS “mojo” parts. And there were these sought after germanium diodes. This finally put all the mosaic pieces in place in my head. I’ve reached my goal and now I’m ready to show you one of my favorite delicatessen! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.