Talk box opinions

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  1. ddewerd

    ddewerd Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I'm looking at getting a talk box (yeah, old school Frampton, Joe Walsh, etc. Early Christmas present!). I've been wanting one for a long time, but just finally getting serious about it.

    I'm looking at the Banshee, MXR M222, and Heil. I don't really want an auto one like TCH or others without the mouth tube.

    Any brilliant advice? I have a decent PA and mics, so worries there. It's more of a fun toy for me and my semi-retired band. Just looking to spice things up a bit with some new (to us) classic oldies.

    Anything in particular I should be aware of?

    Thanks, and cheers,
    Doug
     
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    I had the banshee, the original one that came out in the early 2000s and it was a decent talk box

    I can’t compare it to any other makes but the one I had sounded pretty good

    I think they are somewhat affordable also

    I’d say it has the Walsh Frampton tone right out of the box
     
  3. 24 track

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    dunlop Heil HT1 usually go for about 100.00

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    I've got an original Banshee and it is great. Check HERE for my review and explanation of the silly thing.

    Bob
     
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    I have a Danelectro Free Speech. It's kind of neat with its mini-mics. Unfortunately, talk boxes don't work for me due to my nasal passage noise issues.

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    This makes me that there is for years a Heil Talk Box left sleeping in my local music shop... exactly the one posted by @24 track, but in black box and purple texts. o_O

    I could borrow it just for curiosity... ;)

    -tbln
     
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    I had a Heil box back in the 70s and loved it. But I now use a Banshee for multiple reasons. It works just like a pedal, the Heil is a little more complicated, if I remember, due to it being in between the amp and the speaker cab.
    Another benefit of the Banshee is you can use it as a backup amplifier if needed.
     
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    If I were in the market for something like this, I would get an EHX Stereo Talking Machine. It isn't exactly the same thing, but it doesn't use a garden hose in your mouth, either.

     
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    I needed one for my 40th high school reunion, since we were playing both Sweet Emotion and Rocky Mountain Way. DIY gear nerd that I am, I built one. I happened to have couple of old University Sound full-range PA drivers in my junk box, so I used one of those. Cosmetically, I went for a Wile E. Coyote dynamite-plunger kinda vibe.

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    It's a passive talkbox like the Heil. I use my Vox MV50 to drive it, with a simple 3-way passive splitter. I leave the MV50 on for the whole song, and mute my stage amp with my tuner when I'm talkboxing, using my regular vocal mic. It's kind of a hassle setting it all up, but it was only one gig and definitely nailed the whole '70s-nostalgia thing.

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  10. ddewerd

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    Well, I got the MXR M222, arrived yesterday.

    Pretty easy to do wah wah wah, much harder to do consonants.

    It's almost like learning a new language - you have to shape your mouth in unfamiliar ways to make familiar sounds.

    But I'll get the hang of it - already have the Rocky Mountain Way solo sounding pretty good!

    Cheers,
    Doug
     
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    Study the master, Mr. Roger Troutman.

     
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