[interview] TubeDepot: Robert Hull

Here's FXDB's interview with Robert Hull of TubeDepot:

How did TubeDepot start?

We provide kit vacuum tube amps and one guitar pedal, The Button. The Button is a tube driven, high level distortion pedal and our nod to the Westbury W-20 as played by the late great guitarist, Shawn Lane.

Our customers always inspire us and push us harder to provide interesting parts and kits.

Where do the name and logo come from?

We are the depot for vacuum tubes. We have no special logo... just our name.

What sets TubeDepot apart from other builders?

Our pedal looks great and performs fantastic. The case (top and bottom) is stamped steel and solid construction, setting the appearance apart from most other builders.

How do you start on a new pedal?

The Button has been our only pedal design. The amp kits usually take around 6 mo. from the start and the finished product for sale.

How do you name your pedals?

The Button is our single offering in pedals, it is named for being the button to push...

Can you tell us something about the production process?

We build The Button in house.

We like to build / design kits around off-the-shelf components. Thereby lowering costs and making it easier to find substitutions for the end user. We like using aluminum chassis for the easy of modification by the customer (easy to cut). And PC board or point-to-point turret boards are both used effectively.

How important is the look of your pedals?

very important.

Is parts selection important?

The components inside The Button were selected for sound quality and realistic pricing.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

The button was designed with the legato distortion players in mind... fusion / progressive rock especially.

What does the future of TubeDepot look like?

We are concentrating on providing parts to the DIY tube audio market. Our focus has moved more toward amp kits, although a kit version of the Button distortion pedal is still in the future.

Are you working on any new products?

No new pedals in the works.

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