View Full Version : Cornell TM Boost... any good?
05-04-2011, 07:50 AM
Treble boost and middle boost in one pedal :drool I'm tempted but can't find much user feedback about them.
Who's tried one? What guitar/amp do you use it with? Opinions, please?
05-04-2011, 02:47 PM
I just noticed that the pedal is marketed (and listed on Cornell's website) as TM Boost, but it's actually labeled MT on the pedal :jo
05-04-2011, 03:38 PM
I had the opportunity to demo one at a store that carries quite a few boutique pedals. I visit there every few months to try whatever I may be interested or looking at. I always bring my main axe, Baker B1 custom built with custom shop SD pups, cables incl. patch cable, and they always have had a Fender Deluxe RI available that I plug into. I set up it up to be as clean as I can to determine the true nature of the pedal and it usually does well.
I demoed the Cornell pedal with that setup. Found the "middle" to be voiced rather usable and realistic. I am not a fan of the treble booster. I have played through some (Java Boost, Lovepedal Eternity, a couple other Lovepedal treble booster influenced designs, and maybe a couple others that I may be forgetting). Really thought it was an effective and well-executed, usable design with the footswitch selection between the treble and middle "channels". Liked the selection of each channel via a knob rather than toggle switch. This allowed to dial things almost to the frequency you want based on your rig-setup. Build quality seemed high and very durable.
Another added plus, as you can see, is the two outputs allowing you to send it to two different amps in case one sounds better or more suited for the treble booster and vice versa. Overall, a well thought out design and execution, a bit pricey but probably well worth it if you are into or looking for both a treble and mid-boost based booster. I have seen very few builders who design their pedals with the knobs recessed and protected by the housing to prevent accidental changes and consider this practical. At first what took me was the images from the size of pedal but it turned out not to be quite as large as you might imagine though may be still too large by some players' standards. Still felt that the pedal might be downsized somewhat- I am saying this without opening it up to check out what is underneath the hood.
I am not into treble boosters, have not been and currently am not interested, otherwise I might consider the unit money well spent. In other words, I could not see myself justifying the purchase of the unit based on one channel alone. It is one of the best mid-boost voiced booster pedals I have tried. I have played several boost pedals, owned and currently own quite a few, and even published a internet-based article comparing some of the best boost pedals on the market at the time - 2003.
I would like to see Cornell build the "middle" channel into a separate boost pedal possibly adding an option or two.
05-05-2011, 10:04 AM
^^^ Thanks, that's a really useful review :aok
05-10-2011, 08:42 AM
Has anybody else taken this pedal for a spin?
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