Our favourite phaser: the at times unpredictable, but always brilliant, Schulte Compact Phasing 'A' - for sale in...
Our favourite phaser: the at times unpredictable, but always brilliant, Schulte Compact Phasing ‘A’ – for sale in perfect working order and excellent cosmetic condition. These are becoming harder to source so we’re excited to have a pair just landed – this listing is for the orange one (we also have one in white).
This is a preliminary listing – the pedal is being serviced/calibrated and will ship once the work has been carried out. A full set of photos will be available soon.
The condition is very good – some oxidation, scuffs, marks and chips to the finish as you’d expect. All knobs and caps are present.
Comes with the original footswitch, but to get the most out of it, you need to order one of our custom dual footswitches (available separately via this link) which unlocks all the control/switching options. It has two footswitches for LFO start/stop and fast/slow speed selection, and twin rotary pots for the manual control (centre frequency) and fast speed setting.
It’s a UK/EU 220v model, but can be jumpered internally to operate at 110v – otherwise a step-up transformer can be used – we do not recommend using cheap generic Chinese mains transformers and can supply high quality UK-made transformers if required.
MORE ABOUT THE KRAUTROCK PHASER:
Made in Germany in the early 70s by Gerd Schulte Audio, these mono in/stereo out analogue phasers found favour with some of the most iconic artists of the seventies, including Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, JM Jarre, and Rainbow’s John Lord and Ritchie Blackmore. Its use by many of the early seventies’ most influential German groups has lead to it becoming known as the ‘Krautrock Phaser’.
It took me years of hunting to find one of these for the studio – not many were made, and they don’t come up for sale very often as people tend to hang on to them. I’ll certainly not be selling mine in a hurry – the thick filter-sweep style stereo phasing is unlike any other phaser we’ve had – utterly addictive and inspiring to play through – a mix essential for me.
Though it’s capable of some very subtle and lush effects, it’s when you really crank it up that things get interesting: this is unlike any other phaser – it has a sound (and a life) all of its own and at extreme settings is almost filter-like. It’s not the most intuitive phaser to use when you first get started – the controls interact in unusual ways – but it rewards perseverance with some amazing sounds.
I use mine as part of my DJ dub rig to add colour and movement to the Space Echo repeats:
Here’s a quick instagram video of one of our Schultes in use with a Gurus 1959 pedal:
Also check out this YouTube demo (not the unit for sale – the phaser comes in at about 4 minutes):
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PUBLISHED: 21st Nov 2023
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