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King of tone, barber ltd or analogman ts9

kirkham13

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I'm going to go with the KOT....... barber from my understanding is not going to have a tube screamerish mid hump though and will be more transparent (optimal)? in a scooped fender circuit, like mine. I have also heard great things about the AM modified TS... I have to say that AM products are the best looking boutique pedals I have yet seen, which is not to say they are better for your rig, but that they are built with pride, yes, even in China.
 

tronus

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I have all three of those except my Analogman Silver is the Maxon OD9... but I'm being nit picky :)

I personally thing the KOT works the best across a variety of amps. The rest sound really nice (loves my OD9 Silver) but I've found they sound best in front of certain amps... Heck, no pedal works great with all amps. I've just found the KOT holds it's feel/sound better. You'd think it'd be different considering it's designed to let your amp shine. I dunno why. I just found this pedal has it's own feel that is always there when it's down front. That's why I like the thing. I can generally trust how it will sound/feel. Especially if I stack the Dist side into the OD side. The OD side kind of acts like a dirty amp channel and smooths out the Dist side, as well as creating a consistent "feel" for the Dist channel to stack into.

This post is scatterbrained :)
 

Jules-RM

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Barber Half Gainer is what you should be looking for from the Barber line. With the mids knob you go from flat mids (think a Timmy with a little bit of compression) to TS9 territory - but potentially a lot more gain.

No experience with the KOT, so can't comment on that.
 

delay dude

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I own a KOT and a barber ltd. Both are great pedals. I think it depends on your gear. I like the KOT more. It acts very amp like. A very dynamic pedal. The ltd feels more like a pedal -imho.
 

Funky54

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You could go ltd and cmatmods butah and compare. If you love the butah, sell the ltd and then get the kot and keep one. The kot comes from the bluesbreaker, the butah is a bluesbreaker. The difference is like $225 between the two. I don't have a kot. Would love to try one, but the butah sounds terrific with everything I've put it with. 67 BFSR, DRRI, Blue Jr, 65 AC30TB, Marshall 18 watt clone.
 

roknfnrol

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You could go ltd and cmatmods butah and compare. If you love the butah, sell the ltd and then get the kot and keep one. The kot comes from the bluesbreaker, the butah is a bluesbreaker. The difference is like $225 between the two. I don't have a kot. Would love to try one, but the butah sounds terrific with everything I've put it with. 67 BFSR, DRRI, Blue Jr, 65 AC30TB, Marshall 18 watt clone.
The Butah and KOT don't sound similar in my experiences. Not even close actually.
 

weshunter

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Owned all three - KoT and its not even close - and the barber is a distant third to the other 2

All IMO of course
 

speedyone

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Hmm, I think a Barber B-Custom Super Sport sounds better than everything listed!

As expected, our individual styles work better with different gear.

I do agree the KOT sounds the most amp like. I prefer the smoothness of the Barber pedals (in general) over the crunch of the KOT. I've always found the TS9 to be rather generic and uninspiring tonewise compared to all the other boutique offerings (Dr. Scientist, Wampler, Barber, BB, Catalinbread, etc). Just me I guess, as it's been hugely popular with a number of artists over the years.
 






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