St. Louis Music to distribute classic Dan Armstrong sound modifiers

LOUD Technologies has announced the distribution of the Dan Armstrong sound modifier line by St. Louis Music. As the designer behind the iconic clear acrylic instruments of the late '60s and early '70s (recently reissued by Ampeg), Armstrong also created a line of popular effects modules — including the Orange Squeezer, Blue Clipper, Green Ringer, and Black Reaper — made famous by artists like Mark Knopfler, Elliot Randall, David Lindley, Kurt Cobain, Ry Cooder and Mark Mothersbaugh.

Now available in the original and original extended formats (the latter plugging into instruments with recessed jack plates), as well as a new stomp box version, the sound modifiers are made by hand in the US by Grafton Electronics and follow Armstrong's original specs with several new feature additions designed by Armstrong's son, Kent.

Originally designed for electric guitar, these simple, compact, and rugged accessories essentially plug into any electric instrument. The series is currently comprised of four units, including the Orange Squeezer (a signal compressor providing 30 dB of clean, undistorted sustain), Blue Clipper (an excellent fuzz tone with incredible sustain), Green Ringer (a distortion device that produces ring modulation-type effects), and Black Reaper (enhances sound by decreasing mid-range frequencies), with additional effects slated for reissue in the near future.

Now available through St. Louis Music, the original and original extended versions of the Dan Armstrong sound modifiers each feature a MSRP of $119.95, while the stomp box versions are priced at $169.95.

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