Here's FXDB's interview with Albert Kasleder of Kasleder.
Kasleder effects was founded by Albert Kasleder in 2006. He does it all on his own (engineering, building, marketing,...). The company is located in Budapest, Hungary.
How did Kasleder start?
I'm an electrical engineer and guitar player who was searching for his sound, so I started to experiment with circuits. First just on a DIY level, but as others raised interest I started building pedals onto PCB and professionally painted boxes, and slowly became a full time pedal maker.
For the first time I run a business on my own, but sometimes I get help from friends, regarding graphics and marketing issues.
The first huge impression was when I learned about Z.Vex's and Analogman's story and their efforts and how they became well known effect specialists as a result of those efforts. The Tonepad website also gave me a huge push as I downloaded my first schematics from there to experiment with.
The company name comes from my last name of course.
The look of the logo is not so important (it should look simple and nice in my opinion), as I think my unique sounding name should attract interest as Marshall or Fender did the same in their times without a very special logos, but the quality of the products behind the logo gives it an emphasis and people start taking it serious.
What sets Kasleder apart from other builders?
Quality, sound, design ... but I think all the builders make special, good quality pedals, and I hope people find my sound unique and lovable as well. :-)
How do you start on a new pedal?
Usually I start from a basic circuit that I try to modify and add my ideas until I reach the sound that I wanted. The test phase can last for months, until I reach the circuit that I'll use in a pedal as I make no compromise.
All the pedals are named after a song that is important to me.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
I build all my pedals on my own. Only PCB etching and painting are made by professionals and precise machines.I use standard type boxes (Hammond type). The pedals are painted and labeled professionally.
All the pedals are hand-built and each one is carefully tested by me. I use only high quality parts (jacks, switches, pots) to build long lasting pedals. The circuits are on high quality PCB (in case of standard production pedals) and sometimes hand-wired (in case of custom models).
How important is the look of your pedals?
At first I wanted them to look plain and simple, but now with the newest series the unique design is also a very important part of the whole.
Is parts selection important?
I only use high quality parts and select them where necessary. In case of my vintage circuit based pedals I use NOS parts.
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
I'm proud of all my pedals but maybe the recent Boor Custom is a favorite that was inspired by my friends who started building custom motorcycles at the same time when I started experimenting with this one, and the new fuzz matched perfectly with their beautiful bike.
The My Generation delay was the toughest, as that was the most complex circuit that I made.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
The Dirty Little Thing is the most popular, because it is a classic OD that easily matches to any music genre.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
Usually I build the kind of effects and sounds that I like, but I keep in mind that not everybody loves vintage fuzzes and OD's and I try to build effects that many people love and I find interesting as well.
There are several famous people using my effects, mostly hungarian musicians though: Peta Lukács (European Mantra), Tom Petendi (Message to Hendrix), Ádám Nagy (Roy és Ádám), Zsolt Ábrahám (HS7), Attila Szabó (Csík zenekar), Peralta Miguel (Angertea), Attila Vörös (Leander), Mikky Slade (Rockhead) and even Philip Sayce was given a Purple Haze 2 fuzz by a friend, and allegedly he was happy with it. :-)
What does the future of Kasleder look like?
I have 10 pedals (one for bass) in production and 3-4 pedals to finish in the near future.
My first and most important goal is to reach international customers while keeping my local buyers interested as well.
Are you working on any new products?
I will also soon introduce a vibe and a high quality bass compressor.
Two types of bass drives are being tested and should arrive in the first half of the next year. A Bender type heavy fuzz (with NOS germanium transistors) is also coming around the same time.