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WTB: Shin Ei Wah-Hurricane-Siren-Surf Pedal

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Who has one of these that they want to part with for a modest price? Or perhaps another pedal with a siren effect on it?

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I have one, but not willing to let it go at this point.

It's the ultimate cheese machine. The one thing I don't like about these pedals is that typically the wah circuit is almost always wired in reverse-- that is to say, pedal all the way up = treble, pedal all the way down = mud-- exactly opposite of how Vox, Dunlop and Morley pedals work. Needless to say, there is a learning curve to effectively use the wah function.

It's a truly bizarro piece of kit-- made in a time when the fledgling Japanese guitar market was still searching for a path to success. The siren and pink noise generator ("hurricane/surf") are pretty neat in a quaint sort of way, but still super cheezy for real-world applications. Siren is good for the intro to REO's "Riding the Storm Out" or Kiss' "Firehouse", but that's about it.

I have actually gigged with it on one or two occasions, but mostly I hang onto it as a relic of another time. Good luck in your search-- prices on these things have gotten unnecessarily stupid in recent years, I bought mine 10 years ago when they were still cheap.

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I had one of these as a teenager. I haven't seen another one (even in print or online) since. You're making me nostalgic!

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They don't make nostalgia like they used to!

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Had one in the 70s. Lost it when I was a stoner student.....if I had a rubber leg, I'd kick myself.

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I have one BUT Don't want to sell. I use it at the beginning of the song Squad Car. Gets EVERYBODy's attention. Pretty nicely built and versatile. I bought it on ebay a few years ago for $200.00 and found out the guy was a local so after winning bid he came over to have me test it out before I paid for it!

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If you find one of these, I'll go to Pacoima to pick it up for you, but only if I get to try it out before sending it north.

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One more thing, Bob-- please define "modest price" for this... less than $200? less than $100?

Also keep in mind that there are several versions-- essentially the same pedal, but under different names and configs. For example, some have side mounted controls, some have top mounted, and mine has front-mounted knobs. These were also sold under the "Hohner" brand for a brief period (I'm pretty sure that mine is Hohner branded).

To make things even more confusing, but perhaps at the same time making it easier to find one, here is a whole list of variants of the same pedal sold under different brands and marques--

Link

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If you find one of these, I'll go to Pacoima to pick it up for you, but only if I get to try it out before sending it north.

– giffenf

That's a deal, Frank! You will always be my trusted agent when I am buying gear.

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One more thing, Bob-- please define "modest price" for this... less than $200? less than $100?

Also keep in mind that there are several versions-- essentially the same pedal, but under different names and configs. For example, some have side mounted controls, some have top mounted, and mine has front-mounted knobs. These were also sold under the "Hohner" brand for a brief period (I'm pretty sure that mine is Hohner branded).

To make things even more confusing, but perhaps at the same time making it easier to find one, here is a whole list of variants of the same pedal sold under different brands and marques--

Link

– Tartan Phantom

Rob, I have a line on one at the moment. Thanks for the link. And, by modest price, I meant something other than the stupidly expensive price that some people have attached to this pedal (like $250, etc.). It is an older pedal, and I am confident that there are better wah pedals out there than this one. But, this one has the siren on it!

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Blimey! I'm going to dig out my Colorsound fuzz-wah-swell pedal and see if I can find a buyer. Just found they're fetching a good price

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Rob, I have a line on one at the moment. Thanks for the link. And, by modest price, I meant something other than the stupidly expensive price that some people have attached to this pedal (like $250, etc.). It is an older pedal, and I am confident that there are better wah pedals out there than this one. But, this one has the siren on it!

– Ric12string

Your confidence that there are better wah pedals can be confirmed by my personal experience! The wah on this thing is like a rightie playing a left-handed guitar.

Still, that doesn't take away from the novelty and pure fun of these goofy little stompers.

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So, Rob, tell me why one couldn't simply spin the pedal around 180° so that it would work just like a more traditional wah pedal?

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I thought about that, but it's partly an electro-mechanical issue with how the pot is mounted. I looked at the schematics (which are thankfully pasted to the inside of the bottom case panel), and it might be possible to reverse-wire the pot-- however, not sure how this would affect the volume pedal function. Can't remember if the volume function works in reverse or not. Someone with better electronics-smarts than me could probably figure it out. I never bothered because it's not an essential piece of gear for my rig.

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When I see these types of pedals I always wonder what my Mutron III Phase shifter with electrical plug in would fetch?? It's works, is pretty pristine for a pedal used in probably 500 gigs in the early 70's and I haven't used it except to see if it still works, in decades.

That wah / siren / surf thing is interesting.

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I actually picked up one of these on eBay for $100. (My first ever eBay transaction.) I should have it in a week or two and will see just how cool that siren feature really is.

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"These were also sold under the "Hohner" brand for a brief period (I'm pretty sure that mine is Hohner branded)." -Tartan Phantom

That's interesting because I've seen some Garnet branded Shin Ei pedals, and there were Garnet/Hohner amps for a brief time.

http://www.garnetamps.com/b...

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Quite daring if I do say so myself!

eBay for the first time...I think I am at 4 transactions now. And 2 were bogus.

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Quite daring if I do say so myself!

eBay for the first time...I think I am at 4 transactions now. And 2 were bogus.

– Twangmeisternyc

Your own experience is what has kept me off eBay. If I am scammed on this one, it fortunately won't bring down my house of cards. And the upside is that, if it is legitimate, I will have a cool pedal to show for it.


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