Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911 = B.K. Butler Tube Dr

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Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911 = B.K. Butler Tube Dr

Postby frank.clarke » 08 Dec 2007, 05:37

Correction. There is a 1k resistor from pin 5 (heater) to the 470k grid pullup resistor. So it isn't exactly the same, the 1k resistor is on the tube board (probably a sub for the 2.2k heater resistor, there are only 4 wires to the tube board). And my digital camera batteries are taking forever to charge.

http://www.muzique.com/schem/tubedrvr.gif
http://www.google.com/patents?id=9bEdAA ... dq=5022305

SMT, but the component values are on the silkscreen.

The reject bin tube barely amplified, I had to replace it.

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Postby bajaman » 08 Dec 2007, 05:46

I had a B K Butler 4 knob new tube driver in the repair shop last week - took some photos - watch out for a clone project coming to this forum soon :wink:
In the meantime - any pics of the Behringer copy :?:
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Postby frank.clarke » 08 Dec 2007, 06:00

OK, pics tomorrow. Macro photography, main board 1"x4" in a big box.
This is the patent version, I think the production version was different. The VT999 has 4 knobs, plus a noise gate.
Anyway, $50 in stores.

I get 0.07V on pin 2 grid, second gain stage. The original tube, I could hear the guitar signal biasing something. So something is wrong somewhere, or it is my voltmeter.
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Postby bajaman » 17 Dec 2007, 00:33

I purchased a Behringer VT911 and took it apart AND ..... I have to tell all here that this is not even remotely similar to the B K Butler Tube Driver.
First it runs off 9v dc , NOT 12vAC (which is converted to +12vDC and-12vDC in the B K Butler)
It has a crappy single knob tone control in place of B K Butlers HI and LO controls.
It has a Coolaudio brand chip - unsure what it is - looks like a quad opamp SMD device in place of the B K Butler TL072 or 4558 dual opamp.
AND ...................it sounds like a badly biased germanium Rangemaster - you know, that shitty gated distortion effect in comparison to the smoooooth sounding B K Butler Tube Driver.
No wonder Behringer discontinued it - does any one have a schematic for it????
My local Behringer tech friend does not have it - I am contemplating doing some mods to make it a useable unit - then again, maybe I will just put it on the local Trade Me site (NZ Ebay) and see if I can get some money back
Anyone with a schematic - factory or otherwise email me baja002@clear.net.nz - I will not say where I got it okay :wink:

Do yourselves a favour DO NOT BUY one of these - build the B K Butler Tube Driver in the DIY Projects section instead :wink: :wink: :wink:
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Postby frank.clarke » 17 Dec 2007, 16:13

The schematic appears to be the one in the patent/AMZ schematic. With a different heater resistor value. I didn't check every component against the schematic. The main fix is to throw the Behringer "tube" in the garbage and put in a real tube.
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Postby bajaman » 17 Dec 2007, 21:27

The schematic appears to be the one in the patent/AMZ schematic. With a different heater resistor value. I didn't check every component against the schematic. The main fix is to throw the Behringer "tube" in the garbage and put in a real tube.

thanks Frank - I will have a look at it - the patent - I can not believe how awful this pedal sounds :shock:
By the way, the Behringer tube fitted in my unit is a Chinese type and it gave very high emission qualities and good matching on my tube tester.
maybe you had the EHX Russian crapper in yours???
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Postby frank.clarke » 18 Dec 2007, 00:16

I don't know what nationality it is, it has a mirror-image "13" on the base. It doesn't bias in the circuit, while the first Mesa AX7A that came to hand did.
So I blamed the original tube, perhaps unfairly.
It sounds like a good fuzzbox with a decent tube.
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Postby Dirk_Hendrik » 19 Dec 2007, 13:35

Baja,

Could you make a quick verification to which extend the thing related to the japanes version of the TK999?

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Postby analogguru » 19 Dec 2007, 15:06



Dirk thanks.... but .... yes.... ahhmm.... what I wanted to ask..... ahhmmmm .... how should I say it ? yes.... dirk... ahmmm....

Do you have as special reason why you draw the part around the treble control (R34 -R40) not like this:

http://analogguru.an.ohost.de/temp/Iban ... hema_c.gif

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I mean this would more explain, how there could be easily installed a "Super-Bass-control" and/or change the center-frequency of the "Bass" or Lo-Mid-control....

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Postby Dirk_Hendrik » 19 Dec 2007, 18:04

uuh,

Nope :lol: Just never looked at it from this perspective. Makes a lot of sense.

Already glad to know I'm not the only one :shock:
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Postby bajaman » 19 Dec 2007, 21:50

The Ibanez Tube King has many more components than the Behringer VT911 Tube Overdrive. I will attempt to trace the Behringer in the next few weeks - unless someone has the factory schem they could supply me first.
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Postby bajaman » 23 Dec 2007, 09:59

I reverse engineered it - not sure about the initial power supply filtering, but the rest of it is fairly close to the BK Butler Tube Driver patent - my apologies to Jack Orman for appropriating and editing his schematic - i do not know what the SMD quad opamp is - but i replaced it with an SMD TL074 - a lot quieter in operation - i will post the mods I did to make this pedal useable, instead of the horrible badly biased rangemaster gated fuzz that it was :wink:
No wonder behringer have discontinued it - someone show Uli the real Tube Driver :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby bajaman » 23 Dec 2007, 10:47

here is my modified version
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Postby analogguru » 23 Dec 2007, 16:46

If this is really as shown, this would be sick....
Butler is runnig the tube at +/-12V (= 24V), the VT911 as shown is would only be running at 9V.

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Postby Dirk_Hendrik » 23 Dec 2007, 18:22

analogguru wrote:If this is really as shown, this would be sick....
Butler is runnig the tube at +/-12V (= 24V), the VT911 as shown is would only be running at 9V.

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Which does work, proven by the Ibanez Tubeking.

Baja,

Thanks for the schematic. Great job in keeping perspecive of 'what's happening in effects country' a neet and tidy place! When I suggested the comparison with the Ibanez Tubeking I was mistaken with the bigger "vintage Tube Monster" with it's 3-band tone control.
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Re: Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911 = B.K. Butler Tube Dr

Postby wildschwein » 31 Jul 2008, 13:01

Hi all, I'm new.

I just wanted to see if anyone here has any experience with the Bitmo 2BO mod for the Behringer VT911? I'm considering getting the kit, as I have the pedal (which as some of you note above sounds like a fuzz) but I have no idea of the mod kit's contents and want to get some idea of the parts and procedure.
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Re: Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911 = B.K. Butler Tube Dr

Postby aot » 02 Dec 2010, 22:07

Hi All,

I realise it's been a long time since anyone posted, but in case anyone's interested: Today I had a go at Bajaman's mod: I used 1206 SMD resistors, 20k's instead of the 22k's, and I didn't change the opamp. The difference is remarkable, it's actually usable now. It now sounds like something verging on a mesa boogie rectifier, that brittle, almost white noise kind of distortion. Not exactly what I was looking for, but an improvement. With my valve amp cranked (ashdown fallen angel 40w mkI + weber mass) it sounds even better - less harsh. It's not quite overdrive, but more musical than fuzz.
I tried it with a 12V power supply as well, and it sounded a tiny bit better, so I'm thinking a 24V supply (providing the caps can take it - most likely not :S) might make a difference.

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Re: Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911 = B.K. Butler Tub

Postby TechNAB76 » 02 Jan 2011, 11:37

Hello Everyone. My name is Niels, I'm 34 years and I'm from the Netherlands.

First of all I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best.

That being the short introduction, I've got a question regarding this MOD to the Vintage Tube Overdrive*. I've been reading this topic several times now and I'm greatfull for all the information and images... but does anyone of you might have a short list of which part (resistor - capacitor) needs to be replaced with what?

I've already seen the two schematics of Bajaman, but I'm having allot of difficulty trying to find out on the schematic which resistor is which on the print.

I hope someone can help my, cause my *V.T.O. sounds not really good I have to say.

I'm using a Fender Superchamp XD Full Tube Amp... set it to the clean level and then I've hooked up the Behringer *V.T.O. to it... even the Overdrive and Distortion effects on the amp sound better then the Behringer one. Though I would still like to use the *V.T.O. too.

Thank you all for your help and advice in advance.

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Re: Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911 = B.K. Butler Tub

Postby aot » 15 Feb 2011, 18:33

Hi Niels,

These are the changes that I made:

Change R9 to 10k
Remove R8
Change R17 to 22k
put a 100k resistor between pin 7 of the 12ax7 to the top of R17
change R16 to 100k
change R18 to 22k
10k after C12
change R14 to 1M

I used 1206 surface mount resistors to make the modifications.

Good luck!

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Re: Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911 = B.K. Butler Tub

Postby Hwasser » 13 Dec 2012, 12:01

Wow, those resistors are really small! xD I bought the ones suggested here, they are little larger in than the original ones, but they fit. Having a hard time soldering them without them moving around (because of how light weight they are), how do u guys solve this without a third hand?

And öhm, I need a little help :(

Remove R8: am I going to connect it together with copper-wire here or am I supposed to leavy an open space where the resistor was?

put a 100k resistor between pin 7 of the 12ax7 to the top of R17: is pin 1 the one to the left when you see the tube from below?

10k after C12: exactly, what? between C12 and what? Am I supposed to drill a hole somewhere?

Sorry if my questions seems dumb, but I havent soldered something this advanced before :oops:
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