Morley’s Sapphire Flanger is a cute little box driven by wallwart or 9-volt battery. The box itself is a bit clunky and odd, but klunky and odd are “in” right now.
Our model did indeed deliver a “warm, fuzzy” kinda tone. The finish was a glittery blue, quite attractive. The speed setting was best left at slow settings, as rapid cycling made all listeners tipsy, and the depth varied the intensity from a suggestion of a Leslie effect to a lush, almost distorted sound. Very musical, very pleasing to the ear.
The classic flange tones were, well, classic, but perhaps overshadowed by the even sweeter sound yielded by the almost at-a-standstill Hammond organ effect. Not too pricey (highly discounted at your Morley dealer into the low $100-plus range), and well-made. And good things certainly come in bigger-than-Boss sized packages, yes?
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Dec. ’96 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.