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Whirlwind Orange Box for VH, Gilmour

vintage66

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Can it get the early Van Halen, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin Physical Grafitti sounds? Does anyone know of any demos or soundclips of it doing any of these songs or something similar? I haven't found any. It's between this and the '74 Mxr modded by Analogman or the Maxon or some other one like the Retrosonic or possibly about ten others.....
Seriously, I want whatever I get to have that sound and any other tweakablity is a bonus. I guess the Retrosonic is pretty tweakable but I'll ask the same question about it-can it do those sounds? I guess several I'm looking at are about $170 so I might as well include that one too.
 

zosozep7

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I ahree with the above. The EVH would be a nice choice if tour not a cork sniffer when it comes to phase 90s. You can get 2 settings with evh. Vintage or modern i believe. If you really want the perfect gilmour, evh or Page then get the 74 or whirlwind. There aee small differences between them all. The EVH is a nice phase.
 

vintage66

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Thanks-I'm not sure the EVH will get me close enough, but I'm not sure about the Whirlwind either-but in a different way. I'm thinking the Whirlwind might be too clear/hi fi but that's why I'm asking. I'm not sure if the script mode on the EVH is really like the '74 reissue-I might try to give one a spin. I hate to say it, but the paint is a turnoff.

The Maxon seemed really close in the Gearmanndude comparison video, but the sound quality was bad-when he hit a chord, it was loud for a second then it got quieter with a ton of compresion, so it's hard to say. He commented that they were very close though. Would that be the closest to the '74 but with a power outlet and light? I could use a battery addapter for the '74 I guess and save $50 for the mod (no light or true bypass though). I'm guessing finding a dealer with more than one of these in stock will be next to impossible locally so side by sides are tough.
 

Reckedtrek

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I have the 74' RI, a regular block (90's) MXR Phase 90, and the Whirlwind Orange box. I like the whirlwind best and feel it gets the closest of the bunch to those tones. But having said that- that's to my ears, through the rest of my gear, etc... I've seen them sell new for about $110, and it comes with the LED, 9v tap and True Bypass if that's your thing.
 

vintage66

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I have the 74' RI, a regular block (90's) MXR Phase 90, and the Whirlwind Orange box. I like the whirlwind best and feel it gets the closest of the bunch to those tones. But having said that- that's to my ears, through the rest of my gear, etc... I've seen them sell new for about $110, and it comes with the LED, 9v tap and True Bypass if that's your thing.
Thanks-can you tell me what you like more about the Whirlwind? I tried the '74 and it seemed like it really nailed it but it does kind of add a tiny bit of distortion or grit. I don't think the Whirlwind has that but I'm not sure if I'd get tired of it. Whirlwind doesn't have a ton of dealers but I might need to find one or just order from somewhere with a good return policy to try it.
 

Ramblin390

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I have the 74' RI, a regular block (90's) MXR Phase 90, and the Whirlwind Orange box. I like the whirlwind best and feel it gets the closest of the bunch to those tones. But having said that- that's to my ears, through the rest of my gear, etc... I've seen them sell new for about $110, and it comes with the LED, 9v tap and True Bypass if that's your thing.
same here, I got my whirlwind used off evilbay for $75
 

Dinosaur Sr.

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I have an orange box and I don't think you'll find it too clear/hi-fi. To me it has a thick sound & doesn't get too trebly or clear at all. Never had an original phase 90 but for comparison I have a Red Which Moon Phaser, and old TC Electronic phaser, a MojoVibe and a WilsonPurple Haze, and the Orange Box is definitely old school & nice & thick sounding to my ears. In fact to me the difference b/w the moon phaser and the orange box (besides the simpler controls) is that the orange box gets a little less trebly at the top of the sweep in general than the moon phaser. The orange box is a nice pedal IMO--to me the only downsides are that its just one dial for adjustment (like a phase 90), and one might say that it can't get a more thin trebly sound (like you can get with the some of the others by using the notch or dialing back the mix.) But I don't think you'll find it too clear/thin.
 

vintage66

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I have an orange box and I don't think you'll find it too clear/hi-fi. To me it has a thick sound & doesn't get too trebly or clear at all. Never had an original phase 90 but for comparison I have a Red Which Moon Phaser, and old TC Electronic phaser, a MojoVibe and a WilsonPurple Haze, and the Orange Box is definitely old school & nice & thick sounding to my ears. In fact to me the difference b/w the moon phaser and the orange box (besides the simpler controls) is that the orange box gets a little less trebly at the top of the sweep in general than the moon phaser. The orange box is a nice pedal IMO--to me the only downsides are that its just one dial for adjustment (like a phase 90), and one might say that it can't get a more thin trebly sound (like you can get with the some of the others by using the notch or dialing back the mix.) But I don't think you'll find it too clear/thin.
Thanks for the info-I watched a couple of the Whirlwind demos-one I had forgotten, and it sounded pretty good on there-it's hard to find many with overdrive, which is how I'd use it mostly. I'm leaning that way I think.
 

in_sherman

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i had a whirlwind a while ago, i could get some grit when i hit the strings hard but it was NICE, definitely not too high fidelity. loved that thing
 




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