CE-1 Style Chorus

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  1. jmp

    jmp Supporting Member

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    I've started shopping for a good chorus pedal. Looking for the usual 70's-early 80's classic rock sounds: Lifeson, Summers, etc. I'm considering several and have read most of the threads here on the TGP. For a CE-1 clone, the Retro Sonic looks good, but I prefer 9V operation and don't feel a need for the extra vibrato function. Is anyone making a simple CE-1 chorus copy? Might be nice to have a one or two knob pedal that replicates only the chorus side of the original CE-1.

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  2. jbird327

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    I was just going through my old pedals a few days ago and came across a Voodoo labs chorus, still in the box. It says on the front of the box - a recreation of the CE-1 (or something to that effect). I have not used the pedal much as I prefer the sound of the CS9, but it might be one for you to investigate.
     
  3. Wooley

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    The Retro-Sonic Chorus is supposedly a faithful reproduction of the Boss CE-1.
     
  4. markom89

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    Ive heard, just heard, not experience that the Analogman clone chorus can get those sounds. Im also looking for a good chorus at the moment and want to get those ce-1 type sounds like Mr.Frusciante. So Im kind of set on the A.man stereo bi-chorus.
     
  5. Oddos

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    The Bi-Chorus isn`t even close.
     
  6. markom89

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    oh...well thats not too good now is it?...maybe I should just get a CE-1 and be done with it. It would be cheaper than a stereo bi-chorus...
     
  7. Oddos

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    I haven`t tried the Retro-Sonic yet.

    Playing through an original Chorus Ensmble is however one of my most cherished moments. Soundwise that is. I can come up with quite a few better experiences. And I constantly knock myself for not buying a mint one for less than $ 100, but I really didn`t know what it was back then.

    My Clone is one of very few pedals that I`ve actually passed on.
     
  8. Wooley

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    Hey, if you're looking for CE-1 sounds, you should not get the AM! I have the AM and the Retro-sonic and they sound VERY different. They are both great but the AM sounds like an EH Small Clone (drier, more flanger-like chorus) and the RS sounds like a CE-1 (wetter, more phaser-like chorus). Just thought you should know before you spend that much money (both cost over $230).
     
  9. markom89

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    Kinda OT, but maybe you guys can helpout...Im selling my Orange 2x12 on craigslist, and this guy just emailed me that he has an original roland/boss CE-1 hed be willing to trade + cash...Im asking $800 CDN for the cab, which is a very fair price over here. So how much should I ask for ontop of the CE-1...Im waiting for some pictures and to see if its all original and in good condition...what do you guys think? Do I take the CE-1 + cash or just cash? Cheers.

    Marko M.
     
  10. Enjoyer

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    Sounds like you are interested in the CE-1, so it's up to you whether or not you need the cash or you want some cash and the pedal.
    Clean CE-1's have been selling on ebay for over $200.
    You should do a search on ebay for recent sales.

    ??????Consider $600 cash + the CE-1??????
     
  11. wolfpack

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    Agreed :AOK
     
  12. what?

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    My old CE-2 nails the chorus tones of the police, fat!
     
  13. Jacobpaul81

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    RetroSonic CE nails the CE-1 Vibe. I had an old CE-1, a CE-2 and then tried out the RSCE. It sounds like that old CE-1 did without all the added noise when in bypass. I couldn't afford to keep the thing, since I mainly wanted it for vibrato.... I keep hoping someone will release a low cost, well designed vibrato pedal (a boy can dream).

    Anyways, if your trying to nail down Summers or Frusciante, the Retro-Sonic is the ticket. Small box, zero bypass noise, and dead on tone.
     
  14. Angle Loss

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    I'll just jump in and affirm alot of whats has already been said. The Retro-Sonic is it for the CE-1 sound (I've had an original and like the RS better!). The AM clone chorus is a different circuit. It sounds great (i've had 2 plus a bi-chorus)--but it is warmer and smoother. I've come to enjoy the Retro-Sonic more, so I sold my AMs. The Voodoo Lab Chorus is also supposed to be like a CE-1, but it does not sound like it. There is an unpleasant boost in the mid frequencies which I don't like. It wasn't bad sounding, but it wasn't a CE-1 either. The ticket for those sounds again is the Retro-Sonic, which I will take any day over an original Boss CE-1 anyday. They really made it usable (better bypass, volume knob--thank you!!!), and cleaner circuit (my original got overdriven fairly easily.
     
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    I was on a Chorus hunt a while ago, and then I ran onto a Made In Japan Black Label Boss CE-2 with the Keeley mods, and It's really made me smile when I heard it. I went out and found two more MIJ black label CE-2's and now they are my backups. You know, when you find a good pedal you should have a backup. The CE-2 ended my Chorus search.
     
  16. jmp

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    Again, I need something that can run off a standard 9V power supply, i.e. Voodoo Labs PP2. The Retro-Sonic requires an AC plug. Any CE-1 sounding chorus units out there that will run on 9V? Can the Fulltone do the CE-1 thing (I know the website says it can, but looking for some real world experience)?
    -Mike
     
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    I think Retro-Sonic has updated the pedal to run off 9v...
     
  18. Retro-Sonic

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    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for all the nice comments.

    I have some great news for everyone. The Retro-Sonic Chorus is now available in stereo AND it will run on a 9VDC power supply. It took a while to get the power conversion done properly but it's finally here. Please check www.retro-sonic.com for the release announcement and a picture of the unit.

    Hope you like it!

    Cheers,

    Tim Larwill
    Retro-Sonic
     
  19. Moe45673

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    The Boss CE-20 Twin pedal does an excellent CE-1 and Dimensional D (which is my personal favorite chorus sound ever) reproduction, according to the grapevine
     
  20. jmp

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    Well then, I suppose my decision just got easier. :)
     

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