It's always exciting when a new product is released that goes
against the grain and offers something new and fresh to a tried and
tested formula. While Electro-Harmonix may not have reinvented the
wheel with their latest product, they may have just offered a
solution to a lot of the problems that face regular wah pedal
users. With no moving parts to wear out 'The Crying Tone' is
certainly a pedal that falls into the 'must check out'
Electro-Harmonix sent us this press release with a brilliant
accompaning demo for anyone wanting to hear it. See below.
With the unveiling of the new Crying Tone wah wah,
Electro-Harmonix has re-invented this classic pedal and brought it
into the 21st Century. EHX founder and president, Mike Matthews,
explained its conception this way: "The wah wah pedal has been
around since the 1960s and guitarists love them. But they also
complain to me that the moving parts wear out, break and need to be
replaced. Now, almost half a century later, technology has advanced
to where we're able to create a wah wah with absolutely no moving
parts. The pedal sounds incredible, is more responsive and has no
moving parts to break."
The Crying Tone wah wah pedal is part of a new series for
Electro-Harmonix dubbed The Next Step. Currently, there are four
other pedals designed and poised for production: An Expression
Pedal, Pan Pedal, Talking Pedal (vocal formant wah with fuzz) and
Volume Pedal. All feature the proprietary design that makes The
Next Step Effects ground breaking.
Every aspect of the Crying Tone pedal's design, from its unique
shape to its state-of-the-art circuitry, is the result of almost
three years of intensive design and development by an international
team of engineers and musicians. The Crying Tone Wah Wah pedal
comes equipped with a 9Volt battery and accepts an optional
9.6DC-200 power supply. The Crying Tone is shipping now and carries
a U.S. List price of $116.