cheap, decent sounding chorus?

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  1. lv

    lv Supporting Member

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    I need a chorus pedal to add modulation to the repeats of my dd-2 that is in a wet only loop. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a nice sound and hopefully something relatively quiet. Open to used stuff, hoping to keep the price below $150, below $100 is even better.

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  2. Red_Label

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    I've been using the Dano Cool Cat chorus at gigs for the past 8+ years. Just for clean parts. It's so nice and shimmery to my ears. I also use a Dano DaddyO overdrive and the DanEcho in my chain. For a while I felt a little silly running such inexpensive Dano effects between my PRS Customs and my H&K Triamp MkI. But they've worked! And even though I tried many other pedals, for the chorus the Dano has been my favorite. This is all about to change though, as I've got a Visual Sound Route 66 V2 on the way for comp/overdrive and will shortly have the Liquid Chorus Echo V2 on the way for chorus/delay. But for live sound, I still think the larger Dano pedals are decent (especially considering the price). I've been hauling around a reissue TS9 Tube Screamer for years as backup, but every time I put it on the board with the DaddyO, it gives me no reason to replace the DaddyO. The only reason I'm going with the Visual Sound to replace it is that I play a lot of country and need and compressor for my ASAT tele.
     
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    Arion SCH-Z...best $35 I've ever spent.
     
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    Arion SCH-1 or Boss CE-2
     
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    may not be the cheapest of the lot, but you can't go wrong with a Boss CH-1. Probably $75 used.

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    Ibanez BCL. The black one - not the Bi-Mode Chorus, which is a bit more expensive (but I think it's actualy the same circuit). You can get them pretty reasonably on eBay
     
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    Boss CE-5... its only about $80. i only use it for clean playing, and it actually gets a wide range of different sounds. i would recommend it unless you are one of the boutique users on this forum.
     
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    I'd say get a delay with modulation,like the Carbon Copy(mxr) or Jauques Prisoner.If you end up getting a chorus make sure it has a mix knob.
     
  9. Jackie Treehorn

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    If you're running in parallel, I would go with vibrato on the repeats, myself. It'll more closely emulate a delay with modulated rate.
     
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    +1 on the boss ce5. Used it for my faux leslie for a long time. . . love that it has an effect level knob. . . . very tweakable. . . probably around 50 on the used market.
     
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    Lou, for something readily available and cheap, I'd go for the Boss CE-5. I had one for about a year as my main and only chorus, and I really dug it. Check it out.
     
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    What about a used Visual Sound H2O? You can probably find one for around $100 (maybe less). The H2O is a clean, flexible modern sounding chorus. And you have the delay side as a bonus.

    Personally, I didn't care for mine and sold it. It was too hi-fi for my taste; I like analog delays and darker, warmer vibes. I can see why some people really like this pedal, however. Just depends on what you're looking for. Try one out if you can.

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  13. lv

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    Jackie,

    What's the difference - does vibrato modulate the entire signal where chorus blends in modulated with clean? Also, can you recommend some vibrato pedals to check out?

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    Another one for the Boss CE-5; it keeps finding its way back to my board.
     
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    Danelectro Fab Chorus - I paid $15-$20 AU new on eBay. It's one of the best modern sounding choruses for the price and it's analogue. I've owned more expensive Boss units in the past and this one sounds better than they did, costs a fraction of the price and it's not noisy at all. It does the subtle chorus thing well but it also has some radical and bizzarre sounds when you dime all the knobs which sounds good with delays!!
     
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    I remember picking a ce5 of the Bay for like $30.00. That was a few years back though.
     
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    +1 on the Cool Cat. I was going to suggest that before I even read your post. I like it alot, and I agree about the DaddyO - unfortunately I lost mine. Basically, for a cheap quality chorus, go Dano.
     
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    Another vote for the CE-5. It's not as "in your face" as some choruses, and produces some nice sounds.
     

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