February 12th, 2004, 09:24 PM
Has anyone ever used a Maxon CP 101 compressor. I am looking to buy one for my Tele's. I really don't want to shell out $200 bucks for a Keeley but on the other hand I want one that works good. I think I could pick one up on Ebay for less than $100. Watcha think??
February 13th, 2004, 12:40 AM
I did the compressor quest a while back. Had the Boss CS-1/2/3, Maxon CP101, MXR, Dano, Ibanez 9 series, etc. I sold them all once I got the Digitech Main Squeeze. Finally, a compressor that doesn't have that oh so obvious cheesy squish. I also kept the Dano because it just sounded interesting - not transparent but still a useful tone. The Digitech can be had for $70 or so brand new.
February 13th, 2004, 12:47 AM
Just wanted to chime in I've had my Maxon CP 101 for about 2 years now and I simply Love it.I don't use a whole lot of compression just a littlle to even out the peaks,this lil gem is very transparent and its also built like a tank.It does'nt muddy up the tone of your guitar either,a lot of compressors tend to muddy up the top end but not this one,my tone stays totally in tact.And I've been playin' guitar for well over 20 years now and this is one of the best lil compressors out there and i've tried just about everything out there.Good Luck and keep us informed if you pick one up.DblStop aka Mark Moree Nashville Bound VERY SOON HEEEE HAWWWWW!!!!!!
February 13th, 2004, 01:20 AM
It's pretty cool for the bucks. Definitely doesn't color your tone as much as, say a DynaComp, & it has more headroom than the MXR. But it does add, to my ear, a bit of sizzle to the high end. My fave stompbox comp is the Menatone J.A.C. Actually, it's the only one I can really use. You might also look into a Marshall Ed-1, & if you can cough up a few more bucks, the Barber Tone Press gets high marks from some fairly picky folks.
February 16th, 2004, 08:23 PM
I used a CP101 for about a year after trading my Ross for a DM2. The Maxon was quiet and full of compression, but it did have an attack issue that is non adjustable. I'm using a CS2 at the moment, with mixed feelings, I might add. If I were to do it again, and I will, I'd have to spend the bucks on the Keeley. Hands down the best, but pricey. Dave
February 17th, 2004, 12:17 PM
I think it's a good compressor in the mid price range. OTOH, I'd definitely pay to get the Barber Tone Press. I've got the Keeley and it's worth the extra money to me. It's much better than the Maxon (noise and transparency). But, you have to make your own determination of value. BTW, I think i paid $60 for a barely used maxon about 4 or 5 years ago.