Catalinbread Naga Viper treble booster

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  1. D_Malone

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    I’ve owned quite a few treble boosters and have used them on and off for years. I love the dynamics and the way they push your sound forward, but they’re typically noisy and a bit too “honky” for me. Germanium transistors can be problematic too. The Naga Viper solves/mitigates these issues.

    It’s been out for years and there are lots of glowing reviews. I don’t know why it took me so long to try it, but I’m loving it.

    If you’ve tried treble boosters before but were turned off by the issues listed above I would highly recommend giving the Naga Viper a try.
     
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    I've only become familiar with treble boosters in the last few years. After buying a nice but noisy TB and living with it for a while, I, too noticed all the great reviews of the Naga Viper and so recently bought one. I'm a cheapskate and generally avoid buying expensive pedals but the NG is absolutely worth every penny.
     
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    100% agree.
     
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    I've been intrigued by Treble Boosters lately and the Naga Viper is on my radar... but it's really expensive for such a simple circuit. Then again, most of the current recreations are expensive.

    I saw in a JHS video that the BBE Freq Boost is a Rangemaster circuit that subs opamps for the finicky germaniums... and those are cheap as chips, if you can find one.
     
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    It is relatively expensive, but it’s very well executed. It has less noise than any TB I’ve tried, will do everything from Rangemaster to full frequency boost, sparkling clean to dirty, and it is built with a silicon transistor. If it didn’t deliver on all those things I’d say it was over-priced.
     
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    They're easy to DIY if you can do that. I find they work best when the amp is cranked and compressing - not so good on an amp that has headroom left.
     
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    I think that my be the reason treble boosters aren’t more popular. They sound horrible into a clean amp. Not a “bedroom pedal”.
     
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