Tremolo - what’s good?

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  1. lefort_1

    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    Mr Black Pana-Trem.... can do Stereo and Pan, and has both an amplitude and Harmonic-trem voice, with a nice brownface voice as well.
    Also one Save/Preset.
    And And And, you can vary any of the controls on an expression pedal!!

    For mono: try Mr Deville's "Deluxe Plus Plus".... lovely harmonic trem. You'll have to find this one used.
     
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  2. JackedEagle

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    I'm a huge Boss fan and was just looking at buying a used TR-2. Then I learned that a big complaint about it was the drop in volume when turning it on. There are mods that can add a level knob, but those can be kind of pricey if you can't do it yourself. Now I'm looking for a tremolo pedal around the same price as the TR-2, but with a level knob.

    There was also a That Pedal Show on tremolo where they talk about the TR-2 and its perceived volume loss issue.
     
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  3. GeorgeNada

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    I’ve heard that complaint, but had one for many years and never noticed the drop off (I’ve had other pedals that had a volume drop and it drove me nuts), it might be something boss corrected over time...or maybe my hearing sucks...or I just got super lucky with mine
     
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    Yup, later ones fixed this issue.
     
  5. jnovac1

    jnovac1 Supporting Member

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    i had a demeter tremulator for years. sounds great, the built in volume jump finally caused me to replace it with a supatrem, which has an internal pot to adjust for no volume jump. sounds just fine. the demeter was a wee bit swampier, but you’d have to strain to really tell the difference.
     
  6. RevLoveShot

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    I def enjoyed the source audio vertigo and the spring reverb Trem options.
     
  7. hunter

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    Yep, TR-2 volume drop hasn't been an issue for years. After looking at all the fancy option packed stuff, the TR-2 had exactly what I needed, sounded as good as any and was readily available. Just a simple trem though.

    hunter
     
  8. JPH118

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    Technically, a vibrato.
     
  9. Jess 1971

    Jess 1971 Supporting Member

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    Ive been through a lot of great tremolo pedals over the years, and the overall best, in my opinion, is the Diamond Tremolo. I switched to the Suhr Jackrabbit, as it's essentially the same as the Diamond but without tap tempo, which I no longer needed.

    The Flint tremolo is outstanding as well, but of course it's also a reverb, which not everyone wants. I also like the tremolos in the Strymon Mobius, although they seem to be overlooked.

    I think the key to getting great tremolo sounds, especially when playing with higher gain, is to run it through the effects loop.
     
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  10. Husky

    Husky Gold Supporting Member

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    FYI the Jackrabbit has Tap and Strum tempo and you can hook up an external switch if you like as well.
     
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  11. Class5

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    I've been using a TR-2 for years without any problems-no volume drop; no noise. I recently upgraded to a Moog MF Trem and I'm still getting used to it for it's a little 'in your face' in comparison to the Boss.
     
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  12. JumpinBradFlash

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    Basic Audio Throbby is my fave. The trem on the Flint is very good as previously noted.

    I also enjoyed the Diamond which is very versatile if that’s important to you.
     
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  13. mrpinter

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    I think the Earthquaker Devices Hummingbird is worth checking out. It has three speed modes, rate and depth controls, as well as a level control. You can also plug in an expression pedal that changes the rate.
     
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  14. weaksauce

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    My two current faves:

    Dazatronyx Optical Tremolo

    Toneczar Powerglide
     
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  15. Rockerduck

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    I like the TR-2. I dumped all my power hungry pedals and went analog too.
     
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  16. 850Special

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    EQD Night Wire won it for me after a long search.
     
  17. motokev

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    Wampler makes purty good stuff.

    Anyone tried the Wampler Latitude Deluxe Tremolo Pedal ?
     
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  18. shadowbox

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    I love my Demeter Tremulator. I tried many tremolos, and I've settled on this. I have the red-knob version, which I've owned for quite a few years. It ended my search for trem pedals. Try one out if you can.
     
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    I like my Walrus Monument. The Lovepedal Tap Tremelo and Greenhouse Drifter sounds great in Demi’s, also.
     
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  20. rockon1

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    True (vibrato- pitch, tremelo- volume) but the accepted nomenclature seems to be tremolo.
     
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