Compressor Help!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Moe45673, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. Moe45673

    Moe45673 Member

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    I'm finally gonna take the plunge and am gonna get rid of my whammy which I never use. I'm going to replace it with a compressor, and am thinking of either a diamond compressor or the retrosonic one. Both are high end but what I get from selling my whammy should cover it.

    I'm looking to use the comp for country-rock and funk type stuff. Who knows, if I like it enough I may use it all the time!

    I just got back from the studio and on one of the songs we're recording, I used a marshall ED-1 the engineer had lying around and was pretty happy with it.

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    I don't know how it stacks up to other comps but it sounded good to me. You see where my knowledge of compressors lie, but I do want a high end one, one that is transparent, silent, and preferably uses 9VDC. The whammy is a big footprint, so I don't care much about size.

    What are the pros and cons of the diamond and retrosonic comps in relation to each other?
     
  2. Phil M

    Phil M Supporting Member

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    Any aversion to the Keeley? I find that his compressor pedal is very high quality.
     
  3. drolling

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    Yo Moe, don't know the retro, but I'm blown away by the Diamond. I've worked my way thru' several comps, and this one's better than them all put together. Plus Mike's up here in Canada, too, so for once we get a bit of a break on price.

    OTOH, the ED-1's a great little comp for the $. The 'emphasis control's really useful (altho' the tone control on the Diamond's even better) and it's not a tone-sucker in bypass mode. I have one and it's still going strong, but my buddy's died & couldn't be fixed, so I'm a bit concerned about reliability. It's beginning to become clear to me that w/these cheap FX, you get what you pay for.
     
  4. The Gainster

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    I have some very good comps for sale....contact me if you like...

    I use the HBE comp and love it. I did a comp Out and need to move some pedals.


    Sorry for the spam...just trying to help.
     
  5. nashvillesteve

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    Analogman has a really nice compressor, too. The attack delay control is very useful, it lets your attack come through before the compression begins. He has a Bi-Compressor model as well that has the Ross clone side and a Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer side.

    Tonefactor.com also has a cool Orange Squeezer clone that is a good deal, with a "blend" knob instead of a "sustain" knob... pretty cool.
     
  6. Moe45673

    Moe45673 Member

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    The guy I do business with sells 4 compressors and is selling any of them to me for great prices.

    The Diamond
    the Jacques stompboxes fat burner professional compressor
    pedalworx mcsqueeze
    retrosonic compressor

    He recommended the 2 I am asking about but said the other two are quite good as well. The prices he's giving me are great, especially for a canuck (as droller implied), so I'm pretty much set on those 2. Just asking about the pros and cons of each of them in comparison to each other. I thank you all for your recommendations nonetheless!
     
  7. jonny guitar

    jonny guitar Member

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    seems how you are in Canada you need to know about axeandyoushallreceive because he has some serious variety at good prices and Scott is a "good Canadian Kid".
     
  8. Moe45673

    Moe45673 Member

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    you just identified the guy I do business with :D
     
  9. jonny guitar

    jonny guitar Member

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    Whoop, I hope it wasn't a secret:eek: I am going to get a trem from him as soon as I make up my mind which one to get. Nice to have that kinda selection up here.
     
  10. Moe45673

    Moe45673 Member

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    no secrets, I whore scott out whenever I can. He sold me both my super chile picoso and my DGTM and I love 'em both. He even recommended the DGTM over the keeley bd-2 which I originally asked him about, and the DGTM is 20 dollars cheaper!

    Anyhow, I think I may go for the Diamond as it has that extra knob and looks way cool
     
  11. oxtone

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    Keeley Compressor - best pedal comp there is...
     
  12. Scott Peterson

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    Keeley Compressor man here. Damn fine pedal. Worth the money, lives up to the hype. :AOK
     

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