Since their introduction in the early 1980s, Maxon Nine Series designs have achieved a legendary status with pedal connoisseurs around the globe. The reasons for this are simple - superior sound quality and innovative features that offer a seamless interface between performer and performance. 20 years later this rule still holds true. Now available with improved circuitry including JRC4558 IC chips and True Bypass Switching, Maxon Nine Series effects remain the standard by which all others are judged.
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A “better than” reissue of the 1980’s classic, the current-production Maxon FL-9 provides all the icy time-based modulation effects as the original with a lower noise floor and superior construction quality.
While the original FL-9 (and current Ibanez reissue, for that matter) used low-grade components to meet price-point targets, the Maxon Reissue spares no expense to bring you the ultimate Analog Flanging tone.
At the heart of the FL-9’s circuit is the legendary Panasonic MN3207 bucket brigade IC. No longer in production, these BBD’s are coveted for their flawless operation and superior sound quality. Becoming harder to find with each passing year, MN3207’s currently command a premium price on the obsolete electronic components market.
The FL-9's wide operation range and full frequency response allow it to work with any input signal to create a diverse assortment of modulation and time delay effects. Rate and Depth knobs adjust the LFO while Regeneration and Delay Time knobs allow fine-tuning of the effect’s intensity. Everything from shimmering chorus and vibrato through hollow, metallic overtones to thick, jet-like flanging sweeps are attainable with these four interactive controls.
To improve the FL-9’s noise floor, Maxon has added a Compander-based noise reduction circuit that the original FL-9 and current Ibanez reissue do not have. This circuit keeps clock noise and comb-filter hiss to an absolute minimum, providing dead-quiet operation.
Additional improvements such as glass-epoxy PCB’s, low-tolerance resistors, snap-in PCB connectors and mechanical true-bypass switching guarantee trouble-free performance and superior sound quality.
More than a reissue, the Maxon FL-9 brings classic 80’s flanging into the 21st Century. Get what you play for – play the FL-9.
Why Choose Maxon?
Maxon’s current-production FL-9 offers superior sound quality, lower noise floor and improved construction to the original FL-9 as well as the current Ibanez reissue.
The FL9 circuit architecture is very similar to the CS-9 Pro, with the exception of a faster clock speed for the MN3207 chip, a mono output, and the inclusion of the “Regeneration” (feedback) control, which injects some of the Flanged signal back into the clean (pre-effected) guitar signal before it hits the first Compander chip. This gives the flanger its characteristic “howl” as it makes its way up and down the LFO sweep.
The FL-9 features Mechanical True Bypass switching via a Fujisoku 4PDT switch – input signal is switched to ground when bypassed.
Mods & Mends
Dry/Wet mix mod
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Input Impedance: 500K Ohms Input Jack: 1/4 inch standard phone jack Output Impedance: 10K Ohms or less Output Jack: 1/4 inch standard phone jack Outputs: 1 Residual Noise: -98 dB or less (input shorted IHF-A weighted) Delay Time: 1.0 mSec to 12.8 mSec Speed Frequency: 0.03 Hz to 12 Hz Controls: Speed, Width, Delay Time, Regeneration Switch: Normal/Effect (true bypass configuration w/4PDT switch) Power Supply: 6F22 9V Manganese dry cell battery x1 or Maxon AC adaptor Power Consumption: 25 mA (9 V) or 25 mA (10 V) Dimensions (whole): 74 mm (W) x 124 mm (D) x 54 mm (H) Weight: 580 g (including battery) Options: Maxon AC Adaptor (AC210N) Tip Negative/Barrel Positive configuration Accessories: 9V Manganese dry cell battery x 1 Warranty Card: x 1 User's Manual: x 1 * All specifications are subject to change for improvement without notice or obligation. All brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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