Best tremolo under $150

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  1. russpurdy

    russpurdy Tele-Holic

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    Hey guys, found lots of "best cheap trem" and "best expensive trem" but none in this range.

    So what are your reccomendations? Under 150 bucks, needs to do vintage trem sounds and would be great of you could get choppy as well. Biggest requirement is that it CANNOT have a volume drop or boost. I need it to maintain a very even volume. I have been looking at the vfe old school but heard bad news about quality control, checked out the boss trem but worried about volume drops. Also considering voodoo labs, earthquaker, red witch seven sisters, what are your reccomendations?
     
  2. smoss469

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    CC Trem. Knob placement sucks and the switch shape is awkward but it has Sine and Square Wave settings. I don't notice a volume change on mine when active although with a Trem it can be subjective since that's what the effect is designed to do.
     
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    nasonm Friend of Leo's

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    I have the Voodoo Labs 4 knob trem and the old, huge Dunlop TS-1 trem. Both are great and both can be found for $80 or less.
     
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    Dano tuna melt. I tried tons of trems and that's the one I came back to. I love that little thing and its only 35 bucks. Can't beat that.
     
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    Danelectro Cool Cat Tremolo. $35. Excellent.
     
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    Marshall VT-1
    No true bypass. I use a bypass looper

    Very good vibrato, as well as, trems.

    2db boost in line.

    Usually available for about $60 on the bay.
     

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    Voodoo Lab. It makes a good boost as well.
     
  8. harold h

    harold h Friend of Leo's

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    BBE Tremor. And you will have $ left over.
     
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    Voodoo Lab Tremolo
     
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    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

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    +1

    $107-$119 depending on where you shop.

    Setting a slow trem and a fast trem and being able to choose with your foot is awesome. BBE builds great pedals. I love this warm tremolo.......

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    Joyo ...the yellow one with the dog on the casing.
    the dano pedals are cool too.
    Both under $50 !
     
  14. 1986

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    The Boss tromolo TR-2 is great! High quality and cheap. Some people complain about volume drop, but Boss fixed that when they revised the circuit in 2006. So as long that you buy a newer pedal, you don't have to worry about that.
     
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    +1!
     
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    +1 for the BBE - built like a tank, dual speeds is super useful, great sounding pedal.
     
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    Rich_S Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Boss TR-2. Good as-is, but plenty of published mods if you want to get fussy. Definitely does the whole range from choppy to whoozy. $50 used, still under your limit new, will last forever.
     
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    voodooblues Friend of Leo's

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    Not to hijack the thread, but for those of you with the Dano Cool Cat, how is the casing? Does the pedal hold up well over time with regular gigging?
     
  19. artdecade

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    Crap... if you can do 175, the Nocturne Nail Head is zee best (at any price point).
     
  20. basher

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    The Cool Cat pedals have metal cases; they hold up just fine. Unless you need tap tempo, I don't know any reason why you'd want to spend more for a tremolo pedal.

    That being said, if you can solder, you might consider building an EA tremolo: http://home-wrecker.com/eatremolo.html. It's a nice smooth-to-choppy trem with a preamp. You can adjust the volume of the effect or even use it as a clean boost. I like it a lot.
     
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