What our editors saw on the final day of Winter NAMM 2013.

"Loud Button Electronics brought two new pedals to NAMM this year. In physical dimensions, the Morphine Dream was one of the biggest pedals we saw at the show, but the good news is that its analog phasing and fuzz action matched the footprintяit served up some of the thickest, most harmonic-rich craziness we've heard in a while. Meanwhile, the WTF distortion/low-frequency oscillator was so whacked it made the the Morphine Dream seem a little quaint. Reportedly, A Perfect Circle's Troy Van Leeuwen was eager to get his hands on the latter. "
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