[interview] Brunetti: Marco Brunetti

Here's FXDB's interview with Marco Brunetti of Brunetti:

How did Brunetti start?

Brunetti Tube Amplification was founded in 1993, 2 years after I designed my first rack preamp (the Mille). We started building pedals because some of our customers ask for them... especially the Mercury Box was made to spread the brand on the market. I personally made the first pedal design in 2009.

We work with some very good guitar players in Europe, Dave Kilminster (Roger Waters "The Wall" guitarist) is our best but in Italy we work with Gussoni, Varini and others.

Where do the name and logo come from?

That's obvious, it's my name.

My idea was to put my "face" on the logo, with an innovative inspiration... a sort of challenge

What sets Brunetti apart from other builders?

Surely our philosophy is totally different form other competitors... no clones but true innovative design.

How do you start on a new pedal?

Basically I like to move the tones of our amps into a pedal... normally it takes about 3/5 months of  work (not continuous).

How do you name your pedals?

The Mercury Box comes from liquid metal because it has... liquid tones.

The Taxi Drive is a word play.

The Vanilla is for its creamy tones.

The Burning Box is for its fire tones.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

We assembly everything in-house with 4 people. Our suppliers are for enclosures, PCBs, cabinets.

The circuits are on PCB or a mix of PTP/PCB.

The enclosures are Laser cut to our design. And painted with industrial paint, after surface treatment with oxide.

How important is the look of your pedals?

The look/design is always important: in my opinion everyone has a feeling from the look.

Is parts selection important?

We pay attention to all the components in relation to the costs. But of course we focus on the quality for the best tones.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The Mercury Box is our best... It reproduces the legendary tones of the Mercury custom amps very faithfully. 

Our best user is David Kilminster, Roger Waters' guitar player for the The Wall tour.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

Again the Mercury Box, for its tonal quality.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

We have 5 pedals basically for boost/overdrive. This is to make our tones known to more people. Amps production is our main goal.

David Kilminster uses the Mercury Box and the Vanilla with our Mercury head. Roger Waters said he has an amazing sound!!!

Are you working on any new products?

Not for now, sorry. But I would like to design some analog modulation pedals.

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