Wampler Belle or Timmy?

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  1. D_Malone

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    If you’ve owned the Wampler Belle and the Timmy, I’m wondering how they compare, specifically into a slightly dirty amp.

    I have the MXR Timmy and I’m using it with a slightly dirty Marshall SV20H (20 watt Super Lead). I’m pretty happy with the Timmy, but if we’re being nit-picky, the clipping is a bit grainy. How does the Belle compare?
     
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    Isn't the Belle based off the ODR-1? I don't think they would be at all similar. I've had a Euphoria, and it is very similar to Timmy. The tone control function little differently though.
     
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    I have a J Rockett Chicken Soup, which is also based on the ODR-1, and I’d say it’s more in the smooth overdrive camp. Not sure how the Belle compares, but the Chicken Soup and ODR-1 lean more towards low end frequencies. Never had or tried a Timmy, so no comments there. Good luck!

    I’d caveat that I use it through cleanish Fender Blackface amps, so not sure how that translates to how you run the Marshall.
     
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    Like Rat Fink I have a Chicken Soup and a Wampler Belle. They are both smooth but the Wampler is more tweakable. Still, the ODR might be a little dark with the Marshall. Unfortunately I've never owned a Timmy either
     
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    A Marshall Super Lead is very bright, actually. The Belle may work well, thanks.
     
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    I thought the Timmy I had was "grainy" too. I would not call it a clean boost.
    The MXR Micro Amp is a super clean boost.
     
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    Wampler Belle is currently SDOTH.
     
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    Glad to help. Let us know how it works out if you pick one up
     
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    Did you mean “SDOTD”(stupid deal of the day)? If so, where?
     
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    Will confess, got a stupid deal Belle email, could not resist.
    So tomorrow should be a new pedal day..
     
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    The Belle and Timmy can be similar, I've owned them all at one time or another (ODR-1, Paul C Timmy, Wampler Belle, MXR Timmy). Either Timmy is going to be more versatile than either ODR type.

    Recently owned the latter 2, sold the Belle. It's a good OD, I just preferred the MXR Timmy. Even if the level control on the MXR Timmy is SO touchy it pisses me off. It's almost impossible to set it at true unity volume, there's a volume jump at that point on the level control. But the tone is great.
     
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    Yep, I’ve experienced the same. Not a deal-breaker, but pretty annoying. The sweep seems to be smooth and linear right up to just before unity and then becomes ultra sensitive.

    Maybe I’m splitting hairs by looking to replace the Timmy. It is a handy tool, for sure.
     
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    I'm loving the Wampler Belle, never tried the Timmy.
     

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    I've had an odr mini and a Timmy. Currently have neither, so that might say something.

    They are completely different. Odr is very smooth and compressed sounding with a lot of low end. Timmy is the epitome of transparent. So much so that I found it a bit boring. Good pedal though if that's what you want.

    I love my Barber gain changer. Close to a Timmy, but a bit more character and fatness.
     
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    The Barber pedals I’ve owned (DD, Burn Unit, LTD) were all a bit dark/dull to me. I’m guessing those would work better into a clean amp, but into a slightly dirty amp I found them muddy. The Gain Changer gets great reviews, and I’m interested in it.
     
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    Don’t get a Gain Changer...that’s mine!
     
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    We only gig in the Detroit area, so as long as you don’t come here nobody’s gonna know. ;)
     
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    Yeah I play into a DRRI, so take that into account. I have the GC and the newest DD. The direct drive is a very exciting, juicy Marshall type pedal, but perhaps not meant for a Marshall amp.

    The gain changer is very open sounding. But it can cut without sounding piercing or shrill. I like the way the GC sounds, but it's real magic is in a mix. The EQ toggle is very useful. Just a great design and very well made pedal. I would consider it if a Timmy were being considered. Both good choices.
     
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