There are some legends around this pedal since it is unbranded, just called The Dirt Box. It's quite obvious that it is a Maxon made pedal and when you check the guts you will see that the pcb copper side states clearly MP-D0701, which means it is an OD-855 Overdrive II. So, everything clarified? No, not at all. Sometimes (on very rare occasions, as this thing is RARE) you can come across a Dirt Box with different guts, namely an OD-850 in disguise (pcb MP-D0501). You cannot tell the difference from the outward - both are just labelled The Dirt Box.
On the edge you will find a kind of a model number, No.15451. So, what's that? Well, it took me a while and meticulous research, but now I am quite sure that this is a Sears Roebuck & Co. catalog number, though by now I couldn't track down a Sears Catalog listing this particular pedal. But there are lots of other musical products with a five digits number, starting by 15xxx in 1970s Sears catalogs.
An intersting fact is, the "Amplifer" misspelling on the left edge, which I could not find on other Dirt Boxes I came across. Thus mine seems to be from a pre-production run and the mishap was then fixed for production.
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