And some Chicago Iron history.
bear with us as we assemble the history pages. Since Chicago Iron put out
the first Tycobrahe™ Parapedal™ "ParaBaby™" and Tycobrahe™
Octavia™ circuits on eBay in
1998, we have been in contact or contacted by a few of the original 1970's Tycobrahe™ team and lot of enthusiasts. There are still many questions that
haven't been answered, and stories without references yet to be verified.
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|As we looked into the 1970's Tycobrahe™
background we have found many interesting and colorful stories all relating
to the music scene in the '60's and '70's.
|They say if you can remember
the '60's - you weren't there. So you can see that this history lesson is
going to be fun!
Story #1. It has been brought to our attention that a gentleman
named Steve Morris (or so) worked building octave devices in the
'60's. The story is either he invented them, worked with Roger Mayer, or
Roger Mayer worked for him or not.
The Story is that Steve Morris was
frequenting the rock & roll scene in New York. He was a guitar player
too. He was involved with building and promoting the octave devices in
some manner. Either way he was at a lot of parties like everyone else back
then. One party he went to was outside by a swimming pool. He was playing
his guitar through his amp when he sat down in an aluminum lawn chair.
That was Steve Morris's last party.
We don't know if this is true or if Steve
did invent one of the first octave effects for guitar, but we do know that
we now have grounded outlets and plugs for our guitar amps.
Story #2. Jimi
an album with an octave effect on the guitar. Roger Mayer designed it with
Jimi. The pedal has come to be known as the "Octavio". It uses
Full Wave Rectification circuit theory (frequency doubling). The Octavio
was powered by a higher voltage than today's 9 volt octave pedal versions.
When today's guitarists refer to the Jimi Hendrix octave, it is this
Octavio was custom made by Roger Mayer in extremely limited numbers and
only a few artist had them, and they are all believed to be doctored
differently, or as different incarnations of the same idea. It was not an
"off the shelf" item You couldn't just put in an order and buy
one. They were totally experimental and built in metal "wedge"
boxes. The one guitarist who made his pedal famous was Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi Hendix's Pedals
If you have
one, please let us know. Where the rest are is still a mystery.
Story #3. Jimi
Hendrix plays at a concert in California. He has a dead Octavio that is
given to Tycobrahe Sound Company to be repaired. Nobody knows what
happened to that pedal. Where it is is still a mystery.
Story #4. Jimi
Hendrix passes away. The world didn't know what they had just witnessed.
30 years later he is still considered the best rock guitarist ever. It
is said one of his Octavio pedals is on display at the museum in
Seattle. Where the rest are is still a mystery.
Tycobrahe Engineering, part of Tycobrahe Sound
a pioneer in outdoor rock concert sound equipment and technique,
develops a line of guitar effects. Tycobrahe is already in the forefront
of sound reinforcement with thier 24 channel mixer.
They trademark and promote through a list of dealers an octave pedal
called the Octavia, a wah pedal called the Parapedal and a flanger
called the Pedalflanger. The pedals were uniquely packaged in a
California redwood "stash box", and a Huge advertising
campaign was undertaken. How many pedals Tycobrahe made and sold is
still a mystery.
Story # 6. The
pedal that Tycobrahe releases is considered to be a very close copy of
the Octavio. Roger Mayer says it is a copy of an original Octavio that
is not optimized for 9 volt operation. Or is it? Where are the facts? On
paper? Or in the sound waves? That is the mystery so far.
Story # 7.
Tycobrahe goes out of business.
Story #8. Roger
Mayer releases his Octavia for general purchase. He releases it as a 9
volt model. The pedal gets great reviews. The new Octavia is not a
transformer coupled full wave rectifier. The design is reportedly to be
the last incarnation of what Jimi Hendrix used in the studio before his
untimely death. Comparing the Roger Mayer Octavia to the
transformer coupled 1970's Tycobrahe Octavia, though they are both
designed to be octave up devices, the two are completely different
circuits even though they have their roots from the same place. Why the
original Jimi Hendrix/Roger Mayer Octavio (like on the records) is not
produced is still a mystery.
Story #9. The
Alien Octave Pedal. What then is the Tycobrahe Octavia design, and why
are there so many clones out there? Why do many top artists have both
the Roger Mayer and a Tycobrahe original or clone? Are they still
looking for that sound they heard so long ago?
Story #10. In 1998 Chicago
researches the original 1970's Tycobrahe Octavia
circuit and optimizes it with
the help and direction of the late great César
Diaz. César was the
man who hand selected
many original Tycobrahe Octavia pedals for major artists like Stevie Ray
Vaughan. César was adamant
about the type of component and the resulting values thereof for
tone. That is why all of our Chicago Iron pedals are made with hand
selected and matched components that are matched to known tolerances. The
Chicago Iron Tycobrahe reproduction pedals are delivered just like the
original Tycobrahe pedals in the California redwood "stash box".
In the case of the Tycobrahe Octavia, the name has been changed to the
Octavian™, or THE ALIEN OCTAVE. Where it goes from here is
still a mystery.
Please check out César Diaz pedals.
His famous pedals are back! They are now continued, being produced by
his family. Do a search on Google.
Story #11. The
current price for an original used Tycobrahe Octavia is over $1000.00 US
if you can find one. Get a hand matched hand built NEW one here for about $700.00 less. The current
price for a Parapedal is over $500.00 and the Pedalflanger gets as high as
$700.00. That is if you can find them.