Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by RL in Fla, Mar 15, 2006.
"Bild yer own" works too , but hard to get a handle on it since there are a bazillion sites out there , and the numbers make more sense on "storebought".
I'm no stranger to a soldering iron though , my Weller station is a '74 model (on element # 4 or 5 I think )
I voted for the CS-3. Horrible compressor
Buy one off ebay and do monte allums mod to it, though, and you've got an amazing compressor for under 100 bucks.
Just build a Ross/MXR clone from BYOC.
This kit lets you build it to Ross OR MXR specs.
Build it yourself for $75, or pre-built for $129.
BYOC or a used Maxon CP101 - there are plenty of them running around and it's just a darned pleasant little box.
I think all the ones on your list are crap. But if they are good enough for you, save some money and just get an Arion SCO for $25.
How about a Marshall ED-1? I paid about $60 CDN for mine.
If you wanted it to MXR specs, why wouldn't you just buy an MXR prebuilt for ~$70
The new Line6 Constrictor can be had new for under $100 on eBay. It has 3 different pedal models - 70s, 80s, and 90s opto. If it's as good as their Verbzilla and Echo Park (I have both), it should be very good. I'll probably get one next week.
I was waiting for someone to suggest that. Worth checking out.
BTW, $99 is a perfectly generous budget for a compressor.
Because those are MXR specs, not Jim Dunlop "MXR" specs.
I'd search for a Barber Tone Press. I got my first one for $105 shipped. I now use a Keeley, but that is about $50 over your limit. Seriously though, the Tone Press is a great and very versatile comp.
Marshall ED-1 or find a used Boss CS-2
yeah, I'll +1 the marshall ED-1
how about this one
i've heard good things about it no personal experience except for years playing ross clones in general
you could buy the byoc prebuilt for a reasonable price
or anything used (people get desperate in the emporium sometimes)
I think it depends on what you want it to do. If you want to hear the squish and/or going for country sound, then I hear Ross valiants are the way to go. On the other hand, if you're looking for a comp that's transparent, then I suggest CS-3 with Monte Allums Opto Mod. I just did it, and for subtle to moderate compression it's very transparent. I am amazed that even when I choose to compress the attack, the result still sound uncompressed (meaning -- the attack doesn't sound squished, though the volume-wise it gets even/compressed)
Of the ones you'ver got posted the ST-2 works OK.
I'd recommend a Marshall ED-1. You might also find a used orange squeezer clone. I paid around $60 for a barely used mcSqueeze a while back.
I've got an ED-1 in excellent condition that I'll sell for $65 shipped. It really is a great sounding comp, I just never use it with my rig.
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