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  • While I did a, mini review, of the Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay a couple of months ago, that was in a shop in a controlled environment, and though I played it for almost an hour, theres no better test of gear than using it at a gig where nothing is predictable. After I originally

  • If I didnt know any better and someone I trusted told me, Dude, Im giving you an Aqua-Puss, a Blue Hippo and a Russian Pickle, Id be pretty sure Id be receiving a handful of hallucinogens. And that would be okay. But seriously, nono, it wouldnt be okay! All joking aside, I do know those trippy names come with some serious pedigree as beloved and sought-after effect pedals from Way Huge. Only this time around, theyre not so way huge, because the Way Huge Smalls Aqua-Puss Analog Delay, Smalls Blue Hippo Analog Chorus and Smalls Russian Pickle Fuzz are now miniaturized Doppelgangers of the originals. Best of all, these Way Huge Smalls stompboxes preserve the same features and sweet tones, but in a compact pedal footprint.FEATURES While the Way Huge Smalls stompboxes arent sized as typical mini-pedals, they are still small enough to fit into the palm of your hand and are less boxy than their original counterparts, making them super pedalboard friendly. The Smalls Aqua-Puss features 20ms to 300ms of pure analog delay time, with controls for Delay, Feedback and Blend (dry/wet). For chorus and vibrato, the Smalls Blue Hippo has controls for Speed and Depth with a Vibe/Chorus switch to toggle between the two settings. In this MkIII version, the Smalls Russian Pickle Fuzz comes with Volume, Tone and Distortion controls for a full range of gut-punching distortion and hirsute fuzziness. All three pedals are powered by a single 9-volt battery or a 9-volt AC adapter and are true bypass.PERFORMANCE I actually own and use the original Aqua-Puss stompbox, and after spending some time with the Smalls Aqua-Puss, I swapped my original for the Smalls version to free up room on my pedalboard. Mostly because I found that its exactly the samea warm and defined analog delay, which adds a fat cushion of slap-back ambience or spatial trails of delay. Its clear, room-filling echo has a warm sheen to it that inadvertently acts as a thickening agent for your guitars tone. And it also does all the requisite self-oscillation and feedback frenzy thats popular among the shoe-gazing crowd if you wish for it to act as such.

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