After using a Tone Press for the past few years and auditioning many of the most-desired compressors chatted about here (Keeley, FXEngineering, Diamond, more...) I figured there just isn’t a compressor that’s really going to give me what I want. I’ve been looking for a compressor that: - Preserves my high-end - Is transparent in mids and low-end as well - Has a range of compression from subtle (is it on?) to a musical squish (I can feel and hear it) - Is quiet - Is relatively affordable (like under $250) I was just about to buy a Maxon CP-9 Pro when I figured I’d take a right-hand turn and go in a totally different direction. Based on the pervasive use of the Boss CS-3 by amazing players for years/years, and influenced by the less-than-stellar reviews of the stock CS-3 by really picky gear-heads (like many of us TGP’ers), I wondered if a modded CS-3 would be the ticket - one that may avoid the common stock CS-3 shortcomings. The Humphrey Audio modded CS-3 hits that mark for me and my rig. The Humphrey CS-3 doesn't get talked about here, but players seem to really love it, giving it great reviews elsewhere. For me, the final word will come six months or more down the pike, but I am happy to report that I am knocked out by it now. I find the Humphrey CS-3 to be amazingly quiet, I can keep that sparkle via a now active tone control, I can control attack speed and get any flavor of compression that I want. Most of all, it just sounds “musical” to me, at a price I can easily live with ($145). I have yet to find a compressor that hits all of my needs right from the start, and it’s a modded Boss pedal for God’s sake!! Every other compressor had flaws for me right out of the box. I run the Humphrey CS-3 first in line and the buffered bypass is wonderfully transparent (it’s the only buffered bypass on the board). If you have also spent more money/time than you want to admit looking for a great, down-right musical compressor, consider the Humphrey-modded CS-3.