RAF Mirage

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  1. Lucidology

    Lucidology Member

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    Cannot not believe how similar this pedal sounds and feels to a BJF compressor...
    Not only a good compressor but an 'incredible tone enhancer' much in the same way as the BJF ...

    Highly recommended ...!!

    (good work Montez ...)
     
  2. Montez

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    I am humbled and honored by the comparison. Thank you!
     
  3. BillyK

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    Hey Lucid,
    Any more info on the Mirage? Comparisons with other comps you've owned?
     
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    lv Supporting Member

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    Joe,

    I've always wondered how this one compares to the BJF, thanks so much for the heads up.

    Can it provide more compression than the BJF?
     
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    Montez,

    Would you compare the Mirage and the Tumble Weed?

    Thanks
     
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    Never played a BJF but did have a chance to demo the RAF. It does everything a good compressor should.
     
  7. Montez

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    My reply would have to be Mos Def ....
    Used the BJF as a tone enhancer on a major recording session and you can hear it on many of my clips with my Nylon String Godin .. but I did not find it useful as a compressor ... I had my Maxon CP101 on right next to it in fact ...

    IMO, the RAF is a more valuable purchase then the BJF, because you get both the aural tone enhancement qualities of the BJF (which are remarkable) and a decent amount of compression too ...

    Might be flamed for this, but I don't consider the BJF a compressor (for my purposes) ...
    but I do consider it an incredible sounding pedal which adds a beautiful, classy sheen to one's sound ...
     
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    After trying 6,7 comps I come to the conclusion that the RAF is one of the few (perhaps the only one?) that makes your sound better or doesn't screw up attack or bass response. It alters the dynamic without side-effects.
    The best IMO.

    Vinni
     
  10. BillyK

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    Lucid,
    Have you tried a Compulator? If so, how might that compare to the RAF?
     
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    I agree re: the bjf, very slight compression, but gorgeous for what it does. Thanks again for the heads up, now to decide between the std and the optical!
     
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    WahmBoomAh World Crass Guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    exciting ! My RAF is in a box waiting for me to get off of the road next week ! I`m using the AYA now and want to compare
     
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    lv Supporting Member

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    D,

    any idea when it will be available?
     
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    Joe,

    I just ordered the optical one, will post thoughts when it arrives.

    Lou
     
  16. BillyK

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    I am sure the MP is a fine comp. But I think it's in the $300 - $400 range, right?
     
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    james russell Silver Supporting Member

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    Hey Montez,

    Can the Tumbleweed cover the same compression as the Mirage, in addition to giving more squish if wanted? Do they overlap, or does the Tumbleweed just sound/feel different?

    Thanks,

    James
     
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    James,

    There is a lot of overlap between them as the core circuit is the same. The The key difference is with the Tumbleweed there is a slight optical delay before the compression kicks in. Thus there is a difference in the feel of the attack. The Mirage compresses from the moment the pick touches the string following the envelope of the note. There is slightly more compression with the Tumbleweed. There is also a bit of hair with High-output pickups which can be trimmed out.
     
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    james russell Silver Supporting Member

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    Don Rusk Biggus Bearfootus Vendor

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    well thats true he did say 'poormans comp'..... and that would be the Marshall Ed the compresor :YinYang
     

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