Lushest, watery analog chorus....under $200.

codyj84

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Hey guys,
Im wanting to add analog chorus to my rig. Since BYOC is discontinued theirs, building is out. Whats the best chorus you know of for under $200??
 

Jack

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I hate to spam but the answer is Arion SFC-1 Stereo Fat Chorus. Mine is on ebay right now. I'm selling because I don't use chorus with my band. I ain't kidding. It's lush.
 

popsongsmith

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I recently bought a BBE Mind Bender, and the more I use it, the more I like it. You can get them new on eBay for $100
 

StompBoxBlues

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H2O...(hence the name). The reason? It has a width control that lets you fine tune it. Also, as a very good buffer, a very nice echo, all in one, and the bypass buffer works for me anyway.

But if the chorus wasn't so nice, I would have sold it on long ago.
 

kiki_90291

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If you can live with a piece of rack gear, check out the Boss CE-300. It sounds great in mono and absolutely magnificent in stereo. They are also dirt cheap on eaby - I got mine for $50 and see them come up for around that pretty regularly (I though I haven't seen one for a while). I wish I could rehouse mine into a pedal, as dealing with one piece of rack gear is a pain.
 

re-animator

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the ehx polychorus is by FAR the lushest, most spatial sounding chorus i've ever heard. Its absolutely the most excellent chorus pedal i've come across. Extremely lush and rich sounding with unlimited tweakability. Its $200, but it also comes with one of the most useable flangers around.
 

Echoes

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the Jaques Meister Chorus or something like that is analog, cheap and sounds great!
 

Axekisser

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I just picked up the Carl Martin Classic Chorus and have to say it sounds great. Just a couple of things: First- don't run it on the Line 6 output of a PP2 or it'll hum like a banshee. Second- contact visual sound and pick-up their version of the MN BBD chips. I put sockets in the CM CC and popped the new chips in- very similar sound but I'd say a touch cleaner and less clock noise.
 

frankencat

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Line6 MM4 and Boss CE-3 side by side: CE-3 sounds nicer/richer but you can get very close with the MM4 plus you can go beyond the stock settings if you wish.
 

4styx

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EH Small Clone is probably the lushest chorus out there and one of the cheapest.
 

Rid

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Second- contact visual sound and pick-up their version of the MN BBD chips. I put sockets in the CM CC and popped the new chips in- very similar sound but I'd say a touch cleaner and less clock noise.
Less clock noise???
What are you running with that thing??
And why buy something that was designed to be nonsterile, and then "clean" it up:D
And it is most oldstyle made...no compander..only filtering with resistors and caps....
Buy the X2 if you want more clean modern chorus...not the CC!
NB the L-6 output on that PP2 is unregulated and puts out 16v.....the chorus is 9v regulated only!
Niels
 

Den

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the Jaques Meister Chorus or something like that is analog, cheap and sounds great!
I think it's Meistersinger ... I loved the chorus in this one, but it's not true bypass and it screwed up my tone when bypassed. Too bad ... very cool pedal.
 

Axekisser

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Less clock noise???
What are you running with that thing??
And why buy something that was designed to be nonsterile, and then "clean" it up:D
And it is most oldstyle made...no compander..only filtering with resistors and caps....
Buy the X2 if you want more clean modern chorus...not the CC!
NB the L-6 output on that PP2 is unregulated and puts out 16v.....the chorus is 9v regulated only!
Niels
Good points!

The line 6 thing was a mistake and I couldn't figure out what was causing my very minimal board to hum.

As far as the new chips, by clean it up I mean that the stock BL/China chips are really low grade. I'm fussy and could hear the clock noise when the amp volume was really up. The Visual Sound chips sound the same but the clock noise is contained.

I have to say that the CC is a great sounding, old school chorus and that's what I was looking for. BTW Rid, I see you're from Denmark- do you work for Carl Martin?

Thanks!
 

dbx

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I can't say what's the "best" for your situation and all of this is a matter of your tastes/preferences...a couple that might be interesting for you to check out: HBE THC Chorus, Ibanez/Maxon BiMode Chorus. I can't find a larger/clear pic of the THC at the moment but here's the BiMode.



The BiMode has two choruses (chori?) going on at the same time, depending on how you set the speed/width of each side you can get some good variety of chorusing going on...but you can't isolate either of the sides...
 

Rid

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I'm fussy and could hear the clock noise when the amp volume was really up.
There must be something causing this from the outside!!
And the BL chips where chosen over MN3007...as we did not like that "harder" brighter less fat sound in this setup!
The funky BLs where much more warm and fat....as neither of us who spent time developing this pedal, are much of a chorus fan in the first place!
So we made something we would like ourselves....
The clock is should not be audible under any normal circumstances!!
We had it through a very very very loud DR201 Hiwatt......with dirt, no dirt all kinds of strange powersupplies....different guitars...all the shebang!!
No clock!
And the sound is deliberate lowfi and funky....I grew up in the 80s....I cannot stand that sterile clean chorus by a loooong shot:D
I am too used to old Boss (CE-1 CE-2)and Ibanez chorus(CS-505).....
Niels
 

iualum

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EH Small Clone is probably the lushest chorus out there and one of the cheapest.
...absolutely true (although because of Gear Page induced GAS (darn it!, lol) I've got about another 7 chorus boxes in addition to my Clone, some of the pretty expensive variety)...
 






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