i think folks are referring to a loss of highs in the original signal, not just the repeats.Um, the whole thing that makes tape delays so sought after for tone is that they have a very natural decay to the highs. That's kind of the point, otherwise you may want to go digital if you want pristine highs.
Yes, we are. It's the whole preamp, and when you use a pedal to switch the effect on/off you're still going through the preamp; as opposed to flipping the bypass switch on the unit, where you bypass everything.i think folks are referring to a loss of highs in the original signal, not just the repeats.
A little UPDATE: I was a bit fast when I said that the TTE is more middy and compressed when the preamp is engaged (at unity gain), even when the footswitch is disconnected.Yes, I've noticed the same thing. The tone gets more middy and compressed, going through the tube preamp in the TTE, even with the echo bypassed via footswitch (same thing with footswitch disconnected). Nothing strange, I guess, but at first I was a bit surprised at how much the tone changed, especially since I've read several reviews on how the TTE added highs, especially the earlier versions.
I've tried out different 12ax7s in the preamp, EH, JJ and Tung Sol, with the Tung Sol being the brightest, still the tone is considerable more middy/less highs and compressed than when the TTE is bypassed.
The jury is still out on how I like the preamp tone, it also varies with what amp I'm using, mainly whether it has a treble pot.
But overall the TTE, with echo engaged, sounds so beautiful that the loss of highs don't bother me much.
Thanks Charmboy, loopmaster should be a good option, see he has several options. How would you compare your tone going throught the TTE, with loopmaster switch and BL cable, and TTE bypassed?^ ^
Yes, I had a simple on/off switch built by loopmaster - no led or anything, just a small enclosure barely big enough to hold a footswitch (you can also option to have a bigger one with LED). Then I built myself a cable with leftovers from my Bill Lawrence cable kit. Works quite well.
Yup... That's why it mostly goes unused. I prefer other solutionsgl
This is the second TTE I owned and noticed this. When I hit the "bypass" switch it becomes obvious the TTE is eating a substantial amount of high end. This is especially noticeable when running various ODs thru it.