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    Foolproof Leslie simulation.

    Like the original rotary cabs, the Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII offers 2 rotation speeds and fine harmonic tube distortion generated by an ingenious high-voltage tube circuit. In stereo mode the Rotosphere offers awe-inspiring tonal complexity and dynamics, making it nearly indistinguishable from the original Leslie.

    Features

    • High-voltage tube circuit with drive and output knobs for authentic tube growl
    • Easy to use and transport, particularly in comparison to a real Leslie
    • Hip sounds for guitar or organ
    • Faithful replication of breaker switch
    • 2 rotation speeds and independent acceleration and deceleration for top and bottom rotor
    • Variable final speed for both rotors
    • Real bypass

    A cool new option for spinning, swirling sounds with tone to rival the original. Order today.

     
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    Hughes & KettnerTube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII
     
    4.3

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Wow! Sings and Growls. Real Leslie tone.

    This thing does what it claims to do. I run a korg cx-3 through this into my Crate KX-80 keyboard amp and the sound is so close to a real Leslie that...Read complete review

    This thing does what it claims to do. I run a korg cx-3 through this into my Crate KX-80 keyboard amp and the sound is so close to a real Leslie that now I can sell mine as space is very tight. Great clean and also cranked up a bit, or all the way to 11.(It doesn't really go to 11.) Expensive but worth it and built rock solid. After considering the other top similar products, I'm glad I bought this one. The very realistic breaker, in my opinion, puts it ahead of a couple of other very nice products that do not include this feature.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Overpriced, oversold

    I play both guitar and harp in a Texas Roadhouse Blues band called The Screamin' Armadillos. I have used various rotary speaker simulators (with both guitar and harp) and have had various degrees...Read complete review

    I play both guitar and harp in a Texas Roadhouse Blues band called The Screamin' Armadillos. I have used various rotary speaker simulators (with both guitar and harp) and have had various degrees of satisfaction with some of them. When I saw how cool the Rotosphere looked, I wanted (in the worst way) for this to be "THE ONE" pedal that would finally take care of my Leslie cab wants and needs. It wasn't - the tone is way too brittle and trebly (Even with my mahogany-bodied humbucker-loaded G&L that usually has a tad too much bass, forget using my Esquire). The signal is noisy, and not in a good way - the advertised "tube breakup overdrive" is actually just a noisy distortion overtone. Plus, if I'm paying this much for a pedal, it better be dang near perfect. It is good looking, but who cares? For the money, ease of use and valuable real estate of my pedalboard, I dime out the speed control my early block logo MXR Phase 90, then back it off about 3 millimeters and get a reasonable facsimile of a Leslie cabinet.

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    4.0

    Great with some tweaking

    By Scott Coulter

    from Philly

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    This box does what it should do to your organ tone. Just like a Leslie cabinet would, it softens the tone, takes the percussion from "plastic" to that nice wood "thunk" you get through a real Leslie, adds some grind, and really tames the digital sound even the best clones can have in the upper registers. However, it needs one thing to sound right: a mixer! When run in stereo straight from the pedal the spread is too wide, making the modulation sound so over-the-top it sounds toy-like. If, however, you run it thru a mixer and pan about 2/3 right and left rather than hard right and hard left, it sounds VERY close to the real thing (and I own a Leslie 145 so I do know the sound pretty well). My only complaint is that the frequency modulation of the upper rotor when on fast is just slightly too much. If that could be tamed just a little bit, it would be perfect. The chorale (slow) setting is beautifully done, and the ramp up and ramp down is spot on.
    Wish it had the ability to adjust the intensity of the effect. Nice to be able to adjust the top speed of each rotor, though.
    Built like a tank.
    $459 gets you a ventilator these days - H&K should bring down the price tag on it.

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    4.0

    Roto

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    I got to use this pedal last night at a gig after i saw my friend had it on his board the night before so he let me use it through my set. My set up goes as such. Fender Strat > Boss OC2> ts9 > Roto > Mini Q Tron > Delay > MXR Micro Amp > Fender Hot Rod Deville 212. Alone, this pedal adds a lot of treble, it sounds pretty good but i had to compensate by lowing the guitars tone all the way down. The fast and slow switch was very cool, great for accents on certain parts. I think if you turn the knob on the far right it would let up on the trebleyness but i thought that controlled the speed at the time so i didnt mess. Sound alright with the ts9, i wouldnt reccomend using with the delay or octave or q tron, not the best sound but some might find it cool i guess.Overall it you're thinking about getting this pedal, its very very expensive so try it out before you do and play with it because you may not get the sound your looking for or you might find the holy grail.

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    5.0

    Sounds amazing

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    I bought this pedal a couple of years ago after reading in a article that Noel Gallagher of Oasis used the previus version of this pedal to record Who Feels Love, Gas Panic and Little by Little, well let me tell you, it sounds amazing, just like the record, very vintage tone, it also sound amazing playing The Beatles songs. Obviusly you have to connect this pedal to a valve amp and use a guitar with humbuckers to get the best., better if you play clean. The pedal is big and heavy and cmes with a cool neon lights, very fine material, you will need large effect cables, its very expensive pedal beacause sounds like a real leslie effect, don't buy toys like the Dunlop univibe, get a real one

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best for KEYS/ORGAN, not guitar

    By Negril Jerry

    from Atlanta

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    As a lifelong guitarist who also plays keys I gotta ask - If you're looking for that Badge sound for a tune or two, why on earth are you going to invest in this unit? Sorry, I don't get it. Yup, it is bright and harsh for guitar compared to a standard chorus, so stick to your chorus with the speed cranked if that floats your boat. What this excellent Leslie sim does is provide the best currently available processing for organ, whether it's your Hammond portable or your synth. One major caveat: it IS somewhat noisy, no way to deny that, and your engineer & producer will nix it in the studio... unless you mitigate the noise as best as possible before they get an earful. Live, NO problem - there really isn't enough hiss to be noticed. The first thing you want to always do is get away from the 12-and-12 setting for the pre- and post- volumes. Virtually ALL the hiss comes from the output (post) drive, so back that sucker to 10:00 and boost the drive to 2:00 (that's around 4 and 6 in knob language) and your organs will still be plenty clean. Why should you have to work with the hiss for this cost, why isn't there a built-in gate? Can't answer that, but the TONE is so wonderful that I don't care. If I took this in the studio I'd sneak a noise gate after it in the signal path and not worry a bit. There's nothing that compares to the H&K for warmth and authentic Leslie sound, but beware - once you set it up in a stereo rig, you may be addicted to dragging TWO keyboard amps to every gig. It really is that luscious in stereo. I use this with a Roland JV1010 module (with all the organ sounds in the Keyboards of 60's & 70's expansion module) midi'd off my Kurzweil SP76 as controller.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Hughes Kettner Rotosphere

    By #1 SRV Fan

    from Clinton, NJ

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    First off, this pedal sounds amazing. I play through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe on the clean channel and the quality of sound is incredible. The breaker feature is great, it gives a nice clean overdrive sound to your rig. If I'm not using the pedal as a rotary cabinet effect, the pedal is always on with the breaker on. As for the rotary feature (what you'd buy this pedal for), the sound is nice. It can get your guitar sounding like an organ if you so desire if it's on the higher speed. On the slower setting the sound is sweet, with a kind of gentle tremelo to it. The two major downsides to this is 1) it's EXPENSIVE. Make sure you want it and know exactly what it does before you buy it. And 2) using the rotary effect on a drive channel of your amp or using another distortion effect with it (either before or after the rotosphere) can mud the sound significantly. This is why I stay on the clean channel. All in all though a great pedal if used right.

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    5.0

    Very nice sound

    By ohgeeze13

    from So. California

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    So I went to the NAMM show recently and decided to try this out. Man was I impressed. The sound is just fantastic. I expected it to be brittle, but it definately wasn't. Just needed a small tweak on the amp, but that's it. Hopefully, when I can save up enough money, I'll buy one.

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    5.0

    Nice pedal...but...

    By iTiger

    from NW IN

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    I bought this pedal as an upgrade to my Rolls Twin Spin pedal (which ramps up and down sort of like a real leslie but not quite). This pedal has the "grind" that you hear like on "Badge" by the Cream or or on some of the Abbey Road material like "Because" or "Something" or Santana's Caravanserai album with Carlos and Neal Schon's interplay on "Song of the Wind." The problem that I've experienced playing this pedal live either through a Fender Reissue 1959 Bassman or a Marshall JTM45 "BluesBreaker" amp is that it's noisy. Changing the tube is a challenge unless you are good with electronics. I've had to change the tube twice, I've owned it for almost 1 and 1/2 years now. Hughes & Kettner tech support is almost nonexistant. I've sent out countless emails for help and have only had one reply from Pearl but it wasn't much help. Those of you looking for this sound may want to consider a Destination Rotation. This pedal is "close" to the Rotosphere, but not as "true" sounding as the Rotosphere. I am tempted to try Boss' Rotary pedal but don't want to spend the money. I hope that this helps.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow! Sings and Growls. Real Leslie tone.

    By cloneranger

    from Philadelphia, PA

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    This thing does what it claims to do. I run a korg cx-3 through this into my Crate KX-80 keyboard amp and the sound is so close to a real Leslie that now I can sell mine as space is very tight. Great clean and also cranked up a bit, or all the way to 11.(It doesn't really go to 11.) Expensive but worth it and built rock solid. After considering the other top similar products, I'm glad I bought this one. The very realistic breaker, in my opinion, puts it ahead of a couple of other very nice products that do not include this feature.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    rotosphere

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    This pedal sounds great but the tube saturation can sound muddy, you have to turn the rotor in favor of the high end. If you are after the Warren Haynes sound this is it. I love this pedal it adds color to my sound I will never part with it.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not a Leslie...but very close

    By keymanb3

    from Midwest

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tube Tools Tube Rotosphere MKII:

    I own a Leslie 147, but try to keep my rig as compact as possible these days. The Tube Rotosphere does a great simulation job. The tube gives the added warmth, not to mention the growl....makes a B3 clone sound very convincing....

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