TTE VS. Cornish T.E.S.

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  1. Tone Guru

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    All right, which echo should I buy? The Fulltone TTE or the Pete Cornish Tape Echo Simulator? Does the Cornish T.E.S. really sound like a Tape echo or just a really good digital delay? Does it rival the very best Lexicon delays? I am looking for really fat big sounding delays. How good can a Boss DD-2 sound? The Fulltone is a lot cheaper and it is a tape echo.

    I want to use it for fattening up both rhythm and lead tones. I already use a Boss DD-5 (w/ analogman high-cut) for rhythmic tap tempo delays. So why would I need to spend $1600 on the Cornish T.E.S?
     
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    >Does the Cornish T.E.S. really sound like a Tape echo or just a >really good digital delay?

    sounds pretty close to a tape echo, but is not exactly a tape echo. if you have to have a tape echo, get a tape echo. but i don't miss my tape echo anymore.


    > Does it rival the very best Lexicon delays?

    yes.


    > I am looking for really fat big sounding delays. How good can a >Boss DD-2 sound?

    extremely good. these are really big and fat.


    >The Fulltone is a lot cheaper and it is a tape echo.

    sounds like you have already convinced yourself. so get the fulltone. how much do you like tape noise?


    >I want to use it for fattening up both rhythm and lead tones. I >already use a Boss DD-5 (w/ analogman high-cut) for rhythmic >tap tempo delays.

    i have an analogman dd2 and it's really great. no comparison with my TES. not even close.

    i'd also look at the echoczar based on the comments here.
     
  3. malabarmusic

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    +1 with a bullet. I'm just getting my arms around the 'czar, but it's an incredible tool. My initial reaction is that it's quite a bargain :eek: given the tones it places at one's disposal.

    - DB
     
  4. Tone Guru

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    Thanks for the help on the TES! Have you owned or tried the Fulltone?

    Tell me a little more about the Echoczar. Is it dark like other analog delays? There is no tone knob unfortuately. Is the vintage mode realy dark or just a slight high cut? How clear and full is the modern mode?
     
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    TG -- I've spent most of my time so far in "Modern" mode, which is clear and pristine analog -- very reminiscient of my Aqua Puss, but with a LOT more delay time on tap. After I listen more to the Vintage mode I'll give you my $0.02 on that tone. I've owned plenty of "dark" ADs, and FWIW I have also test driven the TTE. More to follow.

    - DB
     
  6. Jemlite

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    Where can you find a TES? I heard Cornish wasn't making them much anymore.
     
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    cornish is making them.... you just may have to find a dd2 to send him. that shouldn't be too hard. maybe some of his dealers will have one in stock... check around.
     
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    Is Analogman DD-2 better than Cornish Tube Echo Simulator?
     
  9. landru64

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    no, but it's great for the dough....
     
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    I've got a TTE & must say it is a thing of beauty. Keep in mind it is a tube tape delay, so it won't get pristine digital-ish Lexicon/Roland sounding delays. It's always warm & juicy - which is why I love it. I've got a Roland SDE-2500 for the other flavors.

    The TTE's tube circuitry warms up your tone nicely even when the echo is off. Bonus!

    For the price of a T.E.S. - you could get both a TTE & a Roland!

    . . . but I've never heard or played the T.E.S. - so take that into consideration. . . .
     
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  12. Play by Tone

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    its quiet but not like a digital delay...i think that was the point.
     
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  14. Gordon_Gecko

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    I am using a Boss DD-6, it really sounds great. I can't justify spending $1000 + on a delay, of course I don't have $1000 to spend, but even if I did, I don't think I would.

    I prefer digital to analog... it sounds better to my ears.
     
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    The mechanical noise is loud enough that if you use condenser mics, you'll pick it up. The one I bought was not dead quiet (I don't mean the tape noise). Nice sound, but not for the money. We'll see how the T.E.S. stacks up.
     
  16. EddieFeder

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    nahh, I've had noisy TTE cartridges and quiet ones. But all of 'em get dead-quiet by simply placing the TTE on its front, ie, Logo badge face-down. I always run it mine that way.
     
  17. lv

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    dead quiet? I think you love this product so much its affecting your hearing :)

    Seriously, so many owners and the magazine review talk about tape noise, maybe you got the only quiet one?

    Mike Fuller himself admits there is some mechanical tape noise.
     

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