Behringer Vintage Tube Monster VT999
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Behringer Vintage Tube Monster VT999

Vintage Tube Monster VT999, Overdrive pedal from Behringer.

Audiofanzine FR 12/12/2008

Behringer Vintage Tube Monster VT999 : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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(Originally written by manorhead/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Overdrive pedal/tube preamp with noise gate

Controls: gain, bass, mid, high, volume.

Rather bulky metal construction. If you open it, you'll see that it could have been much smaller, because there is almost nothing inside.

UTILIZATION

No need for the user's manual (it's as easy as a tube preamp).

The only negative point is that you'll have to play with your screwdriver a long time if you want to replace the tube... especially when you want to close the pedal again...

SOUND QUALITY

The distortion sound is not bad. Used as a preamp the clean sound is awful and the noise gate is mediocre.

The distortion sound is not bad nor good. I've tried it in several setups with different guitars and amps, and it's never bad but the sound just doesn't cut through. With a bass guitar the sound is fat and interesting.

I tested the unit with the original tube and with a Sovtech and I couldn't hear a difference. I think the tube doesn't play an important role in the sound of this pedal.

OVERALL OPINION

I've only owned it for a short time but I think I will use it more with a bass than with a guitar.

I like the idea of the integrated switchable noise gate, even if this one isn't good. I also like the preamp function of the unit with its 3-band EQ. I like the distortion sound with a bass.

I don't like: the size and the poor sound... for much more money, you get much better products (it's not new).

For the price, you get an average tube preamp that allows you to add warmth to a bad solid-state amp and a bass distortion pedal. This is no high-class product but competitor products cost twice as much...