Capt Rosebuddy wrote: I'm listening to the NYE Cow Palace show now and Garcia is into the Mu Tron in standard settings wahing away in the SB jam.
Capt, everything prior to that show is what TS is after. That show is, imho, the first mutron appearance, but without a doubt it is the first OBEL(without switch) appearance. the very next show in 77 is estimated's debut(terrapin also), and although the mutron is there for that show, the up position is only used in the solo in DITS.
The opening solo of 6/3/76 DITS, imo, is not an octave divider. it's definately a green ringer, but i hear a fuzz pedal, most likely a blue clipper both made by dan armstrong. the green ringer circuit is whats in an octave divider. both also were licensed and made by musitronics from 76-78. the description at this site below is exactly what i hear happen when both are engaged together in 6/3/76 dits.http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/prod ... sku=150590
another thing to note, Armstrongs engineer George Merriman went on to work with musitronics on their next product, after the Armstrong pedals, the octave divider which most likely were first produced after 76, and not very many were made. so if they indeed were made after 76, then it would be impossible it is what we hear. http://www.beigeltech.com/articles/vint ... tage2.html
TS, love the debate! the ringer can be heard again in the Slipknot space jam 6/3/76. i think he is also using the extreme bass end of the tone control with the ringer somewhere in there.
just my thoughts.