Brian Cheyne has been building pedals since 2016. Starting out as a hobbyist, he began selling to musicians near his home in Yerres, France, and founded Signal Cheyne in 2021.
You may think that Brian isn't a very French name, and that's because he’s an American ex-pat who decided to stay after meeting his girlfriend (now wife) during an exchange year for university in 2008.
Brian builds all of his pedals by hand using quality through-hole components, and manually screen prints his artwork. Every pedal is tested once complete to ensure a high level of quality and consistency.
Signal Cheyne pedals are exclusively available in the UK from Boost Guitar Pedals.
The Bleak District Tapescape is one of the best delay and ambience style pedals ever invented. The controls are all intuitive but highly flexible, the sounds are rich and detailed, the modulation can go from dreamy to nightmarish very quickly, and all of that inside a small footprint with a low power requirement. It's difficult to get a bad sound out of it, honestly.
Add in that Boost shipped it out quickly and it arrived with a nice note written on the invoice, is there anything else you could ask for? Definitely will be buying more from both Boost and Bleak District in future.
I ordered a set of strings from Boost, that did not initially turn up. After contacting Boost via the website they immediately sent out another set (no questions asked). Both sets arrived a few days later (Thanks Royal Mail!). Boost were prompt in dealing with the issue (gave) me a set of strings and got things sorted out. Highly recommend you use these guys.
I didn’t know that particular manufacturer from Italy, but I definitely recommend their "Vintage Vibe”. It’s simple, intuitive, it looks awesome, the build quality seems impeccable, and most importantly, it sounds fantastic.
Really loving the range of organic tape sounds from the tapescape. Great build quality and a world of wobbly good times. Instant atmosphere as soon as you turn it in. Great small company from the UK, worth every penny