Treble Boosters: Retroman Beano vs. Java Boost

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  1. JKoeth

    JKoeth Supporting Member

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    I used to have a Java Boost and absolutely loved the sound but it had considerable hiss when used with power supplies. With a battery it sounded great but it is a royal pain for me to unplug pedals as my stuff is so close together on my board. I might buy another if it weren't for the hiss issue.

    Anyway, I was looking at the Retroman Beano and wondered how it compared sound wise. It is cheaper and seems to use similar components. It also has a "hiss buster" knob and a pull pot to disengage the battery.

    Has anyone tried both?
     
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    I don't know about the Beano, but I've tried the Java Boost and I chose a phoenix custom electronics Ranger instead. In my opinon, to my ears, it's a superior product to the Java Boost... It just rocks the socks off my amp.

    PCE makes several different boosts via custom orders for $120. They have both Germanium and Silicon boosts. My Ranger is a germanium rangemaster clone with a bias knob, so it can be modified from a treble to a full boost and I've found that I use the pedals entire range.
     
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    neither, the FMD is the best handsdown. Check out my review at musict##$.com. They are hand made, point to point for 100 bucks and I know this is a market introductory price, so order it cheap while you can my friend
     
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    Jamie, I haven't tried the Beano, but I'll certainly give props to Joe Wolf at Retroman. My Sybil fuzz is quite capable of delivering an edgy treble boost at low settings - especially the germanium side. With the fuzz rolled off my guitar's volume pot acts like a tone control..

    Being able to turn off the battery's really a cool feature. I wish all my pedals worked that way.
     
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    I've got the /13 DynaRanger. Cheaper than the Javaboost, tone control has 5 settings and the pedal is noise-free when used with a power-supply.
     
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    +1 on everything mentioned above on the DynaRanger - one of my desert island pedals without a doubt. Just killer tone with marshall and Vox style amps, and very versatile.
     
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    I've been through a lot of Treble Boosters to find the Holy Grail...for me my hunt finished when i bought the Cornish TB83 Extra. I've tried/owned the Retroman, Beano, Java, Derrangmaster, CrispyCream, Fryer, BSM, and probably a few i've forgotten about. Seriously...what clinched it for me is doing an a/b with Tonemans rangemaster which in itself is a mighty booster with the TB83. It was game over...difference was like day and night. If you can find one to try...do it:)
     
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    Stress,

    Can you post a pic of the Cornish? Are they even available?

    Thanks!!
     
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    Here's the Cornish link...http://www.petecornish.co.uk/vintage.html

    Have a look and see what you think...tonnes of info and drop Pete a line, takes his time to get back to you but a lovely helpful chap!! :AOK

    He said to me that he's currently building them as i was toying with getting a TB83 to go with my Extra.
     
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    What about the 65 Amps one-anyone tried?
     
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    Haven't tried myself but apparently same 'tonally' as the Toneman...just a bit more scope to it.
     
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    Stress,

    A couple more questions about the Cornish. Does the Extra work as a stand alone Treble Booster? It looked as if it was meant to be used in conjunction with a regular TB. Where'd you pick one up and what was the damage?!
     
  15. Cary Chilton

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    like I said, FMD, 100 bucks, awesome!
     
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    Do any of you play metal? What do these do for that type of sound and which one is best???
     
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    ...Oh the Stephenson Amps FMD... :BEER

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    It's now $125 on his site but if that's the shipped price not bad...
    I see that it's driven by JFETs, wouldn't it sound different than a germanium transistor based treble booster? The reviews are very positive...(dam* you :D )
     
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    FMD = Fix My Duck, in BC, Canada. Price is $169 now.
     
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    I recently bought a Diamond Marquis, which provides a nice Germanium treble boost or a hybrid germanium+JFET full range boost. There is some hiss with the germ treble boost mode, but the hybrid mode is dead quiet (and lower gain). It's a nice pair of options to have on board. I have noticed no difference in behavior when run on battery power vs. a good center-negative power supply.
     

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