So I've got one of these:
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but the problem is that it doesn't seem to sound like the ones I've heard on records and on youtube. It has that mid range growl of the old Entombed and Dismember records, but the problem lays in the low and high ends. The lows are SUPER present, and heavy as shit, but there's way too much of them, and they get muddy very easily. The high end seems to be lacking, there's much less cut than these things are supposed to have, and the pedal seems to sit way lower in the frequency range than I thought it would. I'm considering taking ti my local music shop and having them clean up the insides and look for anything loose or fucked up, what I'm asking is: do any of you have experience with these things, types of problems, and do you think it's worth it to try and clean it up?
Well... those records are mic'd up and EQ'd for the record. I've seen bands play HM-2's live and while it sounded brutal they didn't always have the best tone to be heard in the mix... also I've played a maxed out HM-2 into various amps and the sound is loose as fuck. There is no tightness but that is the appeal lol. Lots of low end and chainsaw sound. One probably needs to mess with the controls on the amp with the mids and treble to get it to cut better... or throw a graphic EQ pedal after it or in the loop
If your HM-2 looks to be in decent shape it might be chill, but if the music shop knows what it's doing maybe it's worth it to look at it, but they will probably need a schematic... I know the the pedals contain Germanium diodes which are hard to find these days (out of production) and they will operate and sound differently at different temperatures (I only know this because my buddy is an amp tech and works for Wren&Cuff pedals).
Edit: Oh also make sure you're using a regular 9 vold battery or the correct AC adapter and not a DC (I think, I forget which one exactly, but it's not a regular modern day Boss adapter)