This is one of the first Soviet multi-effects: Leader, in 1982, a floor-based guitar processor (guitar microsynthesizer, as labeled under the Leader logo on the upper left of the front panel). The controls include four anonymous rubber switches (to stomp at), and various knobs and sliders controlling effects' parameters.
The circut is based on 5 main effect blocks, connected in series. They include Mixer, Phaser, Filter, Modulation and Out, each with its' own parameters and display.
1.Mixer: rocktone 1/2 on, rocktone, suboctave, octave, guitar.
2.Phaser: frequency, depth.
3.Filter: resonance, level, speed, start, stop.
4.Modulation: decay, pedestal (?), attack.
5.Out: amplifier/phone on, effect, scale.
The connections include line in and out (line, phone, amplifier). An input sensitivity control is placed under the unit.
Recently (march 2005) the unit was spotted on ebay with $460 starting price and $490 buy it now option. I'm afraid it's still there. Here's some texts from the ebay page:
WE ARE SELLING A RARE ANALOGUE VINTAGE GUITAR EFFECTS PEDAL LIDER-1 BUILT IN 1982íS IN THE SOVIET UNION IN KACHKANAR. NEAR MINT CONDITION, CHECKED AND TUNED TO SPECS. IT FEATURES MODULATION, INCREDIBLE FILTER, FLAGER AND MIXER SECTIONS. ALL FAT ANALOGUE SOUNDS, MUCH BETTER THAN ANY DIGITAL GIMMICK.
IT WAS BUILT BY THE SAME FACTORY WHICH BUILT LEGENDARY POLYVOX SYNTHS.
HERE IS SOME MORE INFO ON THE POLYVOX AND THE FACTORY:
SOME MORE INFO HERE:
IT CAN BE USED LIVE AND IN STUDIO AND THERE ARE A LOT OF SOUND DESIGNING POSSIBILITIES, YOU CAN PLAY WITH IT FOR HOURS GETTING NEW USABLE SOUNDS.
IT IS BUILT LIKE A ROCK OF THICK STEEL AND KNOBS FEEL NICE.
IT IS EXTREMELY RARE (MUCH MORE RARE AND BETETR SOUNDING THAN LIDER-2). IT IS NOT BEING MADE ANYMORE AND THE PRICE IS GOING UP SO IT IS A GOOD INVESTMENT TOO.
IT IS ALSO VERY FAMOUS AMONG ELECTRONIC MUSICIANS FOR ITS WEIRD PROCESSING POSSIBILITIES.
DIMENSIONS MM: 420X360X115, WEIGHT 5 KG, POWER 220 V.
Let us only warn you not to buy this thing for this price. If you really need a cool vintage multieffect processor, contact cheesyguitars.com and we'll send you a first-generation ZOOM 506 for a fraction of the Leader's price.
Ebay seller: kapkeng
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