Is there any sound difference between these two? Pretty sure the CSP101-SL w/led is true bypass for what that is worth. But does the CSP026 sound any better and is it worth $30 more in reality? Thanks.
Jumping in late here but this thread prompted me to open up my CSP101SL this morning. I have the Rev. C iteration with a red board. Looks like it was overhauled, at least on the surface, away from the EVH board. I can’t speak to the particulars as I did not have time to do a trace nor do I have an EVH for reference but here it is:CSP101 - is basicallyEVH pahser, without button (but it still on PCB). Something like "a bit tuned" block logo version. Maybe r28 mod, and some other.
CSP026 - is true authentic reissue of 74' model. Which makes it closest to vintage one, however: no LED, no DC, no True Bypass (however, I do not think, that it sucks tone that much).
From Analogman himself:
"This is the CSP026 hand-wired custom shop version of the Phase-90. It's the only one like it, the cheaper models that MXR make with an LED are not the same, they are not hand wired and do not have the same script logo circuit.
Analog Mike compared this new pedal to the original 1974 Phase-90 on his pedalboard and found it's just as great sounding! So we are carrying them now and selling them stock or with some convenience mods.
The long-time standard among phasers, the MXR Phase 90 is on the list of many players and even more collectors. Carefully recreated, this famous effect is available once again as the 1974 Vintage Phase 90. Hand wiring and hand selected matching transistors work together to bring back the same mesmerizing, smooth modulation as the original. You'll even find the same classic orange painted metal housing with the script logo."
Here is CSP101:
And here is csp026:
So, it depends on goals: modern features, or faithful reissue.