Original small clone chorus

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  1. Kenno5050

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    Has anyone used an original small clone? Are they any better than modern ones?
     
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    Anybody?
     
  3. Stanley

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    I don't think many originals are about t be honest compared to other vintage EH pedals hence maybe why its quiet
     
  4. SonicVI

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    I've owned three originals, but never had a reissue to compare directly unfortunately.
     
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    I'd like to know too...
     
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    I thought folks would be all over this. I've owned 2 originals and two of Analogman's recreations and they sound VERY similar. The originals tend to be a bit noisier due to aging components but otherwise, blindfolded, I couldn't tell the difference. At the moment I believe the originals to be cheaper than the clones!
     
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    Hi Bob

    Just to clarify, the OP means the original late 70s? Small Clone, not the one they have been making for the last 10-15 years?

    Was year was your small clone?
     
  8. vanguard

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    i've had them both. the RI actually sounds very good, and is close. the original was a bit quieter, and it had an overall fatness to the tone the RI didn't quite nail. they are very close though.
     
  9. Kenno5050

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    Does anybody know a good way to distinguish between the old ones and the reproductions?
     
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    From the outside the easiest way to tell the difference is the LED. The Small Clone was one of few original EH pedals that have a status LED. The originals have a 3mm clear LED and the reissues have a 5mm red LED. Also, some originals say "mini-chorus" rather than "full-chorus" which all of the reissues say.
     
  11. Kenno5050

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    Whats the deal with the mini chorus and full chorus thing?
     
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    I have both an original Small Clone and an Analogman Clone Chorus. To my ears, the Small Clone is quite a bit deeper and/or fuller. The Analogman is cleaner. I prefer the Small Clone. I have never played or heard one of the EH reissues, so I have no idea how they compare.
     
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    Dunno. I've had both and they were exactly the same inside. Maybe DOD or someone, who already had a "mini-chorus", asked them to change it. Or maybe they thought if something is mini it's not as good as something that's full? Or maybe they realized that thier "mini" chorus was larger than most of the other full featured chorus pedals on that market in 1981?
     
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    I am paying $150 for an original, is that a bad price?
     
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    I'd say $150 is pretty good. I've got an original vintage Small Clone mini chorus that I like a lot. Sorry, never tried a reissue.
     
  16. Kenno5050

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    Are the original polychoruses good?
     
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    bought a used ri small clone today for $45.00. it is slightly noisy compared to my AM bichorus. the AM is definitely cleaner and more defined. AND deeper. for 45 bucks the small clone is an awesome deal. i love this thing.
     
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    the big box clone theory i hoped was gonna be real good. I heard good thing but was disappointed. Maybe the one with the topp switch for cho/vib/flng is better than the first original run that didn't have the flange mode
     
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    The RI is fantastic. Sounds a little less complex than I recall my Analogman mini sounding but it was $200 less expensive..
     
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    Exactly
     

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