[interview] Baml Effects: Bram Bamps

Here's FXDB's interview with Bram Bamps of Baml Effects:

How did Baml Effects start?

At the moment I'm still a chemical engineering student. Chemistry and electronics? You'd say it wouldn't fit together ha? Actually it does, but don't be afraid, I had my portion of electronics in high school ;-)

It all started with building a Distortion+ clone. That was a kit I ordered from an online store in Holland. As my building experiences grew during various other projects, I wanted to build something of 'myself'. That is why I started with Baml Effects about 1 year ago.

I gathered my building experiences mainly from a Dutch forum, called Newtone. It's a great forum!

Where do the name and logo come from?

In high school my mates called me 'Baml'. And since that was a great time, I used it for the company name.

The logo is a combination of letters as they appear on the logos of some Belgian beers. The 's' in my logo is cut from the logo of the great 'Stella Artois' for example.

What sets Baml Effects apart from other builders?

It's a pedal based on the Bixonic Expandora but with some extra added features. As I felt there was a demand of these Expandoras, which aren't produced anymore, I wanted to reintroduce them in a refreshed version.

I like the polished look with the engraved logo and serial number.

How do you start on a new pedal?

From prototype to THE first batch, it took me about half a year.

How do you name your pedals?

Pandora's Box, when you open it, you can't go back.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I build all pedals myself.

At the moment I'm using PCBs with metal film resistors, some greenie caps,... But for my new line of pedals I want to go to SMT because they react much more quiet and the sound is more stable.

The aluminum enclosure is polished and the serial number is engraved in the pedal, together with 'Pandora's Box'.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Sound is THE most important factor, but in Belgium we say: "the eye wants something too".

Is parts selection important?

I try to use components which are as noiseless as possible, that's why I want to switch to SMT components in the future. At the moment I'm using metalfilm resistors, mkt and greenie caps, some optional Russian diodes, leds,...

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

At the moment I only have one so... :D

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

Pandora's Box (PDB) is a pedal with a lot of components and it takes some time and effort to build one.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

Pandora's Box is a pedal which can be used in many genres. You have an overdrive, distortion and fuzz in one pedal. If you tweak the internal interchangeable diodes a little bit, you can even get some metal out of it.

No famous users yet, unfortunately. But I hope there will be in the future.

What does the future of Baml Effects look like?

At this very moment I'm really busy studying for my exams, so I don't have much time to do the things I want to do for the company. I want to build a website, some pedalboards to add to my products and maybe I want to build my own guitar. When it comes to pedals I want to build a newer version of PDB, which has less background noise. I also want to build a deluxe version of PDB which has an extra boost channel.

Are you working on any new products?

Not yet. But when I do, information will be sent to you.

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