Favorite compressor stompbox? (non-boutique)

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Post by swelle » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:45 pm

Wouldn't you consider the Keely a boutique pedal?

I use the Guyatone ST-2 and I think it's excellent... it also has a switch so you can blend it 50% non-compressed signal if you choose. I use it all the time, and it works great for recording.

http://reviews.harmony-central.com/revi ... /ST-2/10/1

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Post by linus » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:48 pm

If I can only choose one a script MXR Dyna-comp is my first choise. It just sounds right.

If I can have several an Orange Squeezer does cool things as does a Grey Ross compressor.
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Post by Spiderhead69 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:10 pm

I have an original Ross compressor I bought new back in the day.
I tried selling it at a garage sale about 3 years ago for $10 and no one bought it. Then I saw that these things go for sale on E-bay for like $150. :shock:

Luckily I wasn't so stupid,(this time....)
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Post by Joe P. » Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:00 pm

Spiderhead69 wrote:I have an original Ross compressor I bought new back in the day.
I tried selling it at a garage sale about 3 years ago for $10 and no one bought it. Then I saw that these things go for sale on E-bay for like $150. :shock:

Luckily I wasn't so stupid,(this time....)
Are you kiddin? I saw one go for about three hundred on ebay a few months ago.

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Post by Knights Who Say Neve » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:35 am

I use an EHX Black Finger (current version) in my Bass rig. It's the Jack Daniels of stompbox compressors.
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Post by NarxistDan » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:19 am

It's the Jack Daniels of stompbox compressors.
It makes everything seem a little better?
Sounds like a Harley?
It's square and black?
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Post by Dan Phelps » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:19 am

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Post by heylow » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:39 pm

Some of you guys should check out this one:

Diamond Compressor

I suppose this is a "boutique" pedal, but it isn't any more expensive than most of the others listed here. It's quite an impressive compressor....super versatile and fun to mess with. Build quality is preety much unmatched to any other comp pedals I've had, too.

Toaster, you said something about an 1176 on the floor....this may not be it exactly but I'd bet it's about the closest thing out there at the moment.

Diamond makes great stuff...their delay pedal is to die for as well.



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Post by Spiderhead69 » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:34 pm

handofthehost wrote:
Spiderhead69 wrote:I have an original Ross compressor I bought new back in the day.
I tried selling it at a garage sale about 3 years ago for $10 and no one bought it. Then I saw that these things go for sale on E-bay for like $150. :shock:

Luckily I wasn't so stupid,(this time....)
Are you kiddin? I saw one go for about three hundred on ebay a few months ago.
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Post by Knights Who Say Neve » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:59 am

DanTheNarc wrote:
It's the Jack Daniels of stompbox compressors.
It makes everything seem a little better?
Sounds like a Harley?
It's square and black?
Help me out here...
It's not a transparent compressor. It's colorful and has personality. You can get some great overdrive too, if that's your thing. Many will not care for it, but if you do like it, you'll really like it. Like Anthony Michael Hall in the picture there. Or Michael Van Halen or whatever his name is.
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Post by jaguarsg » Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:50 pm

mxr dynacomp.

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Post by vvv » Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:18 pm

I have one of those little Danelectro compressors, but I'm not sure why.

That said, since it's the one I have, and for US$10 (used), it's my favorite.

I even used it to record once, I think.
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Post by pootkao » Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:58 pm

I've been using the Boss one, but merely because the local stores have only recently started carrying Diamond & Guyatone. And both main places in town were out of Dynacomps when I needed a compressor pedal.

That said, people talk about the colour of the Dynacomp... and I'm a guy who likes his colour, but also likes more than one knob to tweak. Tele & Gibson RD Artist through an AC30. I know the Boss never gets mentioned, and I imagine for good reason, but what am I missing? In the studio I use a dbx 160xt or Urei LA22 anyways.
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Post by RefD » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:23 pm

over the years i've had the Boss CS-1 , CS-2 and CS-3.

all are hissy and eat the ass out of your guitar's sound.

to be avoided, imo.
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