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Cheap chorus - Biyang CH-8, DOD FX65?

mrwrang

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Hi,
I'm looking for a new chorus pedal, preferably cheap. I stumbled upon the Biyang CH-8 some time ago, thought it sounded fantastic on the YouTube clips, nice speed range too. Though recently I've heard great things about the DOD 65 (and the FX60) and judging from YouTube clips, it seems to sound very different from the Biyang. Less subtle, more colored and huge, i guess. Do any of you have experience with both of em? If not, I'd still appreciate some input on each of them. Feel free to suggest other stuff though, but I don't want any brittle sounding choruses. (I had a CE-5 which really just messed up my guitar sound). Thanks!
 

monwobobbo

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haven't tried the byang but i do own an fx65 which is still the only chorus i've felt the need to buy. had for over 20yrs. the older versions have a different plug for the 9v adaptor so be aware of that (ie not compatible with new standard ones)
 

mrwrang

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Hi! Thanks for the replies. Thanks for the tip about the power supply bobbo.
@Bluestones: Why should I go for the box logo and not the others? How are they different? And by box logo you mean the ones with the big logo right?
Like this?

http://www.google.dk/imgres?imgurl=http://files.effectsdatabase.com/gear/pics/dod_fx65_001.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.effectsdatabase.com/model/dod/fx/fx65&h=472&w=305&sz=23&tbnid=vRR-Ney1WJl2DM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=60&zoom=1&usg=__WI38NDdQkmp-rIKIgGs5w1ZBZhM=&docid=R-pTO7P_IH2GUM&sa=X&ei=7TB4UJ6YHIzNsgaYyYEQ&ved=0CEkQ9QEwBA&dur=4306
 

Silent Sound

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I'm a pretty big fan of the Corona Chorus by TC Electronics. It's worth checking out anyway. I'm not usually a digital effects guy, but this one isn't sterile. It's warm, yet clean and articulate.
 

mrwrang

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Hi John. From the clips I was able to find on YouTube, it seemed a bit brittle sounding. I also think the higher depth setting was a bit too extreme. But well, that's just YouTube demos. Maybe you could tell me a bit about it, compare it to other stuff?
@Silent
Yeah I might try checking that out, I live in Denmark so our music stores are filled with TC products, not too much EHX though.. I actually really like their Flashback Delay (unlike the Nova Delay, way too complicated for me, like a rack unit, only at your feet). Still, I often feel like TC effects are kind of "layered" on my dry signal, not blending too well. Same thing with the Flashback, which is why I still prefer the Replica. I think I'll check it out though!
 

ahltarocka

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Mooer Ensemble King, small footprint, modelled after the infamous Boss CE-2 the best chorus ever. True bypass. You can get it for under $60.00.
 

EricPeterson

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You cant beat the DOD fx65 for the cash, it should be in everyone's arsenal for the 30 bucks or less that they go for.

I tried a few and ended up back on the FX65. Despite it's non-boutique status it does exactly what I need.
 

mrwrang

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Just to narrow things down a bit, I think I'm looking for a mellow and not too hifi of a chorus, though without cutting too many highs or lows. I like my Script Phase 90 reissue, for it's darker sound (some would say warmer, but man that word is just getting old). So a pretty radical chorus, that still has a little respect core tone.
 

mrwrang

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yea, I think I'm leaning towards the FX65 really. How is the bypass on the thing? I'm not a snob when it comes to bypass, but some pedals (like my '74 Phase 90 RI) really sucks out the high frequencies. Most Boss bypasses work absolutely fine for me. Also, how does delay time knob effect the sound? Some people say that "it changes the general character of the chorus", but I don't think that's very specific...
 

83stratman

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I have a old MXR Micro Chorus, Dano Fab Chorus, DOD FX60, and a MIJ Boss CE-2. I HATE the CE-2 and the Dano FAB. LOVE the Micro, but it is super noisy. Maybe a new RI Micro isn't? FX60 is the bomb and is quiet. I still prefer the sound of the MXR, but the compromise sound wise of the FX60 is worth the quietness for me.
 

sgguitarzz

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You cant beat the DOD fx65 for the cash, it should be in everyone's arsenal for the 30 bucks or less that they go for.

I tried a few and ended up back on the FX65. Despite it's non-boutique status it does exactly what I need.
I agree 100%. I got one for $20 on Ebay or CL (don't remember anymore) and it works and sounds great.
 

mrwrang

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I have a old MXR Micro Chorus, Dano Fab Chorus, DOD FX60, and a MIJ Boss CE-2. I HATE the CE-2 and the Dano FAB. LOVE the Micro, but it is super noisy. Maybe a new RI Micro isn't? FX60 is the bomb and is quiet. I still prefer the sound of the MXR, but the compromise sound wise of the FX60 is worth the quietness for me.
If you could point out how all the pedals were different from each other it'd help me really much. Why did you hate the CE-2, and why was the DOD and the MXR better? I'm just about ready to take the plunge with the FX65 (33 pounds - the cheapest FX60 I could find was 50 pounds, and they are supposed to be quite similar, so of the two, I'm gonna go with the 65)
 

larimar

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Hi! Thanks for the replies. Thanks for the tip about the power supply bobbo.
@Bluestones: Why should I go for the box logo and not the others? How are they different? And by box logo you mean the ones with the big logo right?
Like this?

http://www.google.dk/imgres?imgurl=...7TB4UJ6YHIzNsgaYyYEQ&ved=0CEkQ9QEwBA&dur=4306

Ya that one. They sound a bit cooler / more "musical" for lack of a better descriptions than the later models (imho). There is a nice youtube clip of that model as a good example. The later "beams" label versions I have owned and own now just do not get the same tones.

EDIT : Just noticed your pm.....they sell adapters to run the older DOD pedals. Visual sounds for example..
 
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mrwrang

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Ya that one. They sound a bit cooler / more "musical" for lack of a better descriptions than the later models (imho).
I can only find the beam pedals at the moment. Think I'll go for that one, don't wanna wait too long. Do the beam pedals use the same adapter as the box logo?
 






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