Dr. Scientist Tremolessence VS Catalinbread Semaphore Tremolo

chuenx

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I am searching for a tremolo....and i need some help
Could you compare the goods and bads between these two pedals?

thx a lot
 

Ben C.

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No one has ever owned both. Ever.
Seriously.
There can be no legitimate comparison.
 

Dave

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No one has ever owned both. Ever.
Seriously.
There can be no legitimate comparison.
I think you're right, Ben. After reading through a bunch of tremolo threads this seems to be true.

FWIW, I ended up with a Tremolessence and I love it, no need to try anything else.

Good luck. :)
 

macmax77

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No one has ever owned both. Ever.
Seriously.
There can be no legitimate comparison.



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I owned both and all i can say is that you can't go wrong with wither one, they are both amazing.

A Friend wanted my Semaphore and i sold it to him just because i got all i needed from the good Dr.

But they are both amazing!
 

Ben C.

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aHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA
BE AMAZED!!!!!!!!!be really, truly amazed!!!!!!!!!!!
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That's too funny.
People ask that question ALL the time and no one has EVER owned both to be able to give a legit comparison! You must have been the only one. Be prepared for a lot of questions. :AOK
 

Ben C.

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yes~i agree
so can you (who owned one of them) tell me the goods or bads of anyone of these two pedals?:BEER
There's nothing bad about the Dr. Scientist. It ended my desire to try out any other trems. I thought about the Semaphore, but just from an ergonomic standpoint, I wasn't a fan of the pedal design. I'm not a fan of sideways boxes (e.g. ZVex as well) and the proximity of the switch(es) and knobs in boxes like that. But that's just me and it's a personal preference.

The volume control is on the inside on the Tremolessence - set it and forget it. The volume control is external on the Semaphore, so you have easier access if you frequently change your tremolo volume for boosts or cuts.

-Ben
 

macmax77

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There's nothing bad about the Dr. Scientist. It ended my desire to try out any other trems. I thought about the Semaphore, but just from an ergonomic standpoint, I wasn't a fan of the pedal design. I'm not a fan of sideways boxes (e.g. ZVex as well) and the proximity of the switch(es) and knobs in boxes like that. But that's just me and it's a personal preference.

The volume control is on the inside on the Tremolessence - set it and forget it. The volume control is external on the Semaphore, so you have easier access if you frequently change your tremolo volume for boosts or cuts.

-Ben


i think you can alaso ask Ryan about having the volume trimpot on the outside, but i am not so sure about it.

Anyway, the Tremolessence is bitchy, in a good way, hehehhehe.

I just love it, and i must say i owned a Cusack TAW, which is a beast!
 

Ben C.

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i think you can alaso ask Ryan about having the volume trimpot on the outside, but i am not so sure about it.
I know he's added an external volume control on the outside of the box for some folks who have asked.... don't know if it tacks on a few $$ to the price. They're very accommodating up there at Dr. Scientist, so it never hurts to ask!

So macmax... would you say they're similar sounding? It's kinda creepy because they basically have all the same function knobs and switches!
 

macmax77

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I know he's added an external volume control on the outside of the box for some folks who have asked.... don't know if it tacks on a few $$ to the price. They're very accommodating up there at Dr. Scientist, so it never hurts to ask!

So macmax... would you say they're similar sounding? It's kinda creepy because they basically have all the same function knobs and switches!

I had the Semaphore for a short period of time since a friend wanted it and i sold it, but i would say i prefer the Dr S.
It sounded warmer to me, or at least it didn't change my tone a bit.

The Semaphore is great, but the knobs are too close for someone bigger than me.
i am only 5feet 8 inches tall and have small feet-8

But for a bigger person it might be a problem cause the knobs could be moved while playing.

All in all the Semaphore is one crazy pedal that has lots of uses, lots of sounds.

Now, if i was asked to keep only one i would do what i did, i would keep the Dr Scientist.There is no need to look further.

There is only one Downside with the Scientist, once you've tried one of the good DR pedals , you want to try them all.

I am buying 2 more pedals from him in a couple of weeks.
 

Ben C.

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I had the Semaphore for a short period of time since a friend wanted it and i sold it, but i would say i prefer the Dr S.
It sounded warmer to me, or at least it didn't change my tone a bit.

The Semaphore is great, but the knobs are too close for someone bigger than me.
i am only 5feet 8 inches tall and have small feet-8

But for a bigger person it might be a problem cause the knobs could be moved while playing.

All in all the Semaphore is one crazy pedal that has lots of uses, lots of sounds.

Now, if i was asked to keep only one i would do what i did, i would keep the Dr Scientist.There is no need to look further.

There is only one Downside with the Scientist, once you've tried one of the good DR pedals , you want to try them all.

I am buying 2 more pedals from him in a couple of weeks.

And there ya go! The first comparison! You just made history my friend! :rotflmao

And to be fair as well to Nick at Catalinbread, he does make the "American Edition" Semaphore if you want the Semaphore but would like things spaced out a bit more ;).
 

Ben C.

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Correction. Nick hardly has time to build anything anymore. :( So Jason, Howard, and Derek are the guys responsible for Semaphorin'!
:BEER
Ah! Credit where credit is due... you're a class act Nicholas!

I too am torn between these two pedals. Both sound clips sound amazing.
As was mentioned above, I don't think you can go wrong with either. The deciding factors may be layout, price, and the external / internal volume control. Either way you go though, you know you're going to get a good trem.
 

kenoflife

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I have to say here that no one in history has owned both a Tremolessence and a Vibutron at the same time either. So that's it, I've said it.
 

macmax77

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I have to say here that no one in history has owned both a Tremolessence and a Vibutron at the same time either. So that's it, I've said it.


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