Phaser recommendation?

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  1. Adamdc

    Adamdc Member

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    I've been playing a Phase 90 for about 10 years and I'm thinking it's time for an upgrade. I was thinking about a Grand Orbiter but then I came across the Chase Bliss Wombtone. I love that it can take an expression pedal but it seems like there's too much tweakability (plus $$$). Looking for some recommendations…basically something more advanced then a one-knob Phase 90. Not opposed to spending around $200.
     
  2. scolfax

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    Check out the Heptode Virtuoso, you may be able to find a used one in your price range.
     
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  3. misa

    misa Silver Supporting Member

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    Grand Orbiter is good.
    The Fender Lost Highway gives some pretty cool options and a speed ramping feature (got mine new for around $115).
    Even the EHX Bad Stone has a lot of character, good alternative tone to the 90, and inexpensive.
    Plenty of stuff used, like the Maxon PT-9 Pro+.

    Any features in particular that you're looking for? $200 is a pretty good budget, you can even get into some classic vintage stuff for that. Since the Phase 90 is a JFET phaser, I may recommend looking at OTA or Optical phasers to give you a different sound.

    This recent thread was pretty good:
    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/calling-all-phaser-heads.2025134/
     
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    Love the Heptode. It’s a modernized copy of the first phaser made, the Tom Oberheim designed Maestro PS-1a. The PS-1a is probably my favorite phaser of all time but the Heptode eliminates the volume drop.

    The Wombtone mkii is fantastic as well. LOTS of tweakability and great sound. I dial in 3 sounds that I like and leave it.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the Spaceman Explorer, though it shouldn’t have shocked me that it would be great.

    The phase sounds I can get out of the Boss MD-500 are surprisingly good and have a ton of tone-shaping parameters.

    If you can afford it, the Moog Moogerfooger phaser is the cream of the crop. I prefer it on synths more than guitars tho.

    The cream, cream, cream of the crop is a 70s Mutron Bi Phase. Huge, old, beautiful and expensive. It’s the secret sauce on a lot of records.

    Seriously tho, there’s nothing wrong with a Phase 90. It’s a classic for a reason and stands up to any other phaser made for its sound.
     
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    Earthquaker Grand Orbiter, Walrus Lillian, Boss PH-1r.
     
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    Check this one , I'm currently using it and quite happy with.
    It is reasonably cheap and has enough settings to shape your tone.
     
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    Old Blood Noise Endeavours' Dweller [phaser repeater]
     
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    SubDecay does phasers really well. Take a look at his current models, as well as discontinued. My Quasar DLX (old purple version) is so versatile and musical.
     
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    i had good tones from subdecay too. then i got an hbe psilocybe. i don't think they're made anymore. i've used it now for about 9 years i think. for me that one is it :munch
     
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    I'm liking the Walrus Lillian. The DPV mix knob is super for going from very subtle to deep phase to vibrato. This is an excellent sounding 4 or 6 stage phaser with great options.
     
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    I have a couple of Chase Bliss pedals and while they have a lot of tweak ability they can actually be used a simply as you care to and ime its really easy to dial in good sounds on the ones I have. I’ve been wanting to try the Wombtone and they aren’t much more than $200 used. My problem is the Big Joe Phasor which sounds so good is already on my board. The BJP is so warm and musical and goes from subtle to full on swoosh. I figure the Wombtone would sound great but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got.
     
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    Eqd grand orbiter
     
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    You can pick up the Empress for less than $200 used. I also own the Wombtone MKII and a Phase 90. I prefer my Empress purely for tone though. All the other cool things it does are just a bonus.
     
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    I still love my old Red Witch Moon Phaser.
     
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    I went from a Phase 90 to a Small Stone and I'm really happy with the change. The Small Stone has a much smoother sound with no artifacts.
     
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    I really like the DOD 201. I do miss the bad stone for the long dramatic sweeps though.
     
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    +1 on the Small Stone - I prefer the early 70's version. I've had one since... well, the early 70's...
     
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    Thanks for mentioning the BJP. I picked one up and really dig it!
     
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