Diamond Compressor vs. Barber Tone Press

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by ZJD, Jun 7, 2006.


  1. ZJD

    ZJD Senior Member

    Messages:
    108
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Location:
    Long Beach, CA
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [FONT=&quot]What’s the biggest difference? Any drawbacks to either? Thanks. :BluesBros[/FONT]
     
  2. jamison162

    jamison162 Member

    Messages:
    7,780
    Joined:
    May 15, 2006
    Location:
    FL
    I've been looking/reviewing comps for a few weeks now. These are the exact two choices I'm down to. Hell, I can't decide. Might by both and send one back. That's all I can think to do.
     
  3. ZJD

    ZJD Senior Member

    Messages:
    108
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Location:
    Long Beach, CA
    [FONT=&quot]Yeah it's a little hard for me to decide too because there's rave reviews of the Tone Press on HC forums and then I come over here and it's all about the Diamond Comps...:([/FONT]
     
  4. dingdongbell070

    dingdongbell070 Member

    Messages:
    330
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    I have a tone press and the only thing that i could find wrong with it is that it dosen't really have that much squish if your really into chickin pickin or something like that its probably not the compressor for you. Its great for just taking the edge off and evening out the volume a little but..very subtle if thats what your looking for its great...sorry but i dont know anything about the dimond
     
  5. Moe45673

    Moe45673 Member

    Messages:
    5,300
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2005
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    really, dingdong? I have the diamond and the only reason I had gas for a tone press was cos the diamond is really subtle and I assumed the tone press could squash my tone like a fat woman sitting on a sandwich.

    Learn something new everyday.
     
  6. Dana

    Dana Guest

    If you want a lot of squish try a Keeley.
     
  7. fast ricky love

    fast ricky love Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,455
    Joined:
    May 19, 2005
    Location:
    NYC
    I'm a huge fan of the Diamond. I'd gone thru quite a few to arrive at the Diamond and be happy.

    But then I got the BJF Compressor...! It is unbelievably good.
     
  8. ZJD

    ZJD Senior Member

    Messages:
    108
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Location:
    Long Beach, CA
    Looks great Dave. :AOK
     
  9. big mike

    big mike Fixed Bias Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    21,515
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Location:
    Raider Nation
    My fave is the HBE CPR Compressor Retro.
     
  10. enickma

    enickma Member

    Messages:
    308
    Joined:
    May 15, 2006
    I dig the Tone Press. It's all about the blend knob
     
  11. erksin

    erksin Member

    Messages:
    20,806
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2004
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Is the Tone Press an opto-style comp like the Diamond and Demeter?
     
  12. GuitarNorton

    GuitarNorton Member

    Messages:
    1,597
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2002
    The Barber Tone Press does have squish if you set it up correctly. There is a color control located inside that adjusts from a open snappy tone to a squishy tone. With the color turned all the way down, to give you squish, the blend knob all the way up, to give all compressed signal, and the sustain knob up to taste, you have a warm squishy compressor.
    The Tone Press is no one trick pony. Can do everything from clean boost, to transparent, chicken picken, to Vintage.
    I posted a thread on the control functions and settings here http://tpngear.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=617 I think some people don't understand the function of the internal color adjustment and the Blend knob.
    I'm sure the Diamond is a good pedal too but I have no experience with it.
     
  13. mavrick10_2000

    mavrick10_2000 Member

    Messages:
    757
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2006
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    The diamond is an Optical style compressor (more of an effect) that you notice when it's turned off. The Barber is a Ross style compressor (Think Nashville type compression)with a cool twist, it won't mess with the attack unless you want it too, and the blend knob allows you to blend the original signal with the compressed.
     
  14. erksin

    erksin Member

    Messages:
    20,806
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2004
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Thanks for the clarification...
     
  15. jeware

    jeware Member

    Messages:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2006
    Fat Sounds Guitar sold me on the FX Engineering Mirage Compressor. Anyone else tried one?
     
  16. trumpus

    trumpus Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,107
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Location:
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Nope, but i do love Fat Sound (in Cary, right?)

    Brian
     
  17. jamison162

    jamison162 Member

    Messages:
    7,780
    Joined:
    May 15, 2006
    Location:
    FL
    So Moe, do you not like the Diamond Comp? What serial # do you have. I emailed Diamond and they told me anything in the #200 + range would have the new Comp pot which would allow for a little more squash/squish.
    I guess I'm gonna end up buying both and sending one back.
     
  18. Moe45673

    Moe45673 Member

    Messages:
    5,300
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2005
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    really, eh? I have serial #137. Don't get me wrong, I love the Diamond (it's never off), but there are times I would like squish. If I had to, I'd get a second compressor to use for squash, the Diamond ain't goin anywhere!
     
  19. lcjc800

    lcjc800 Member

    Messages:
    9,604
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2005
    Location:
    in a van, down by the river
    I've tried a few and I settled on the Barber, I like it's parrallel cicuit and blend ability. I bought mine used at a local dealer and came to find out it was a High Output model, Dave said that he built around 20 of these and I really like it. Great squish, bloom and even pedal steele swells are posible, Great pedal!
     
  20. david henman

    david henman Member

    Messages:
    3,051
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2006
    Location:
    toronto area
    ...it is!

    -dh
     

Share This Page