Do I need a buffer?

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  1. Phisherman

    Phisherman Supporting Member

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    My pedal or goes such as this:

    Catalinbread Octagina (True Bypass)
    Boss TU-3 (Buffer)
    Keeley Neutrino (TB)
    Wah (TB)
    TS-9 (Small Buffer)
    Prince Of Tone (TB)
    Ross Compressor (TB)
    Lizard Leg Flying Dragon (Boost; TB)
    Earthquaker Devices The Depths (TB)
    Electro-Harmonix POG2 (TB)
    Eventide Timefactor (TB)
    Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
    TC Electronics Hall Of Fame Reverb (TB)
    Ditto X2 Looper (TB)

    Should I add a buffer, ala JHS Little Black Buffer, after my Ditto since I have so many True Bypass pedals?
     
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  2. jay42

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    If your volume pedal is a passive original or junior, you could replace it with an MVP. OToh, if the JHS is reasonably priced, there's no reason not to have a buffer in the arsenal.
     
  3. gibs5000

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    I'd say yea, get one at the end of your signal. But I don't think dedicated buffers are worth more than $50. And even that is a bit much, but it's your call, I personally don't see enough of a difference from one buffer or another, so the reason some buffers are so expensive confounds me.

    However, if your cable to your amp is fairly short, like 5 ft. You probably fine without another buffer
     
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    If you don't hear anything wrong with your rig don't change it.
     
  5. Coda11

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    One buffer is enough. The TU3 buffer should be sufficient.
    The signal is low impedance after it so you do not need a buffer.
     
  6. crambone

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    I agree with this, but devil's advocate: what if adding a buffer makes his tone better but he'd never know it without trying?

    Caveat: 3 of my 10 pedals on my board are Boss so I am plenty buffered :)
     
  7. stinkfoot

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    You already have a buffer at the start of the chain, so you can add as many TB pedals as you want after that point. If you want to try a buffer at the end, you can turn the one in the HoF on (unless you're using it for the kind of reverb you never turn off - in that case, you're already there).
     

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