Nowadays he sets his Komet's to drive and back of with the volumepedal. So, yes, he uses it a lot. He uses the old type of Ernie Ball with the jacks on the side. His tech also bought a bundle of the old replacement-pots that were in these.
EFFECTS: (This is where it gets tricky as I don't know the models or names of these things, but I'll give it a go.)
Boss digital delay
Boss digital delay (spare)
Dunlop tremolo pedal (it's purple with 3 knobs and 2 switches)
Hot Cake overdrive pedal (these are from New Zealand and sound fantastic, they don't compress in on themselves)
Ernie Ball volume pedal
Boss digital tuner in case something goes terribly wrong
A-B box between the two Vox amps in case something goes terribly wrong
ON/OFF switch box for the acoustic instruments.
Re: the effects, please don't ask, I have no idea what series this stuff is hooked up in. I scarcely use them, mainly the overdrive on the end of Speedway and I Dug Up A Diamond where it needs a little more stick, and a little delay and overdrive on Emmy's tunes, but those actually sound clean as I'm playing so quietly. Speaking of playing quietly, I do. Most of the time what is coming out of my amp on stage is what I would call living room volume or just above, though Guy F. who is on the riser above me might have a different opinion about that. It's the level at which I play in the studio as well and is a large part of the toneful nature of my playing. What can I tell you? I like guitars that sound like guitars and not electric razors.
... and where can I hear examples of it? I hear a tremolo effect on his later solo albums and am wondering how much of that is amp and how much is him rocking that pedal.
Knopfler never used a Carnish treble boost. In the Straits-days Cornish built a few rigs for him though. He does use a Hotcake but only for one or two songs.
How can you say he has never used one? A friend on another guitar page watched the teardown of his rig and saw a Cornish treble booster hidden by his monitor.
Well, I've been a Knopfler-fan for the better part of my life and has read almost everything there is to be found about him and I have never heard this.
When was this? Recently? I know he has been doing promo-gigs around Europe with Fender Blues Deluxe-amps for backline recently. Was it in this setting?
You need to learn that the players with the best tone never give out their secrets! Hence why the booster was hidden under a monitor. This was in 2006 if I recall correctly.
I saw Dire Straits on their last tour. They did the "Clean Stage," thing. No amps were on stage. Is he still doing this?