Which is the best compressor??

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  1. smoleral

    smoleral TDPRI Member

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    I know its all preference, but I'm looking for a compressor/sustainer that will give me a nice equal and sustained tone. Which one is the best??
     
  2. JoshuaCLS

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    Budget? Style of music?

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  3. smoleral

    smoleral TDPRI Member

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    I play a lot of progressive rock as well as blues, but I also play a lot of clean rhythm and have recently discovered that I really like the sound of compressed clean strumming.
     
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    And how much are you hoping to spend?
    The best could mean a $700+ original Ross compressor :) (to some)
     
  5. smoleral

    smoleral TDPRI Member

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    Anything up to about $120
     
  6. Falzoony

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    I have an analogman compressor that I love. That was $260 delivered however I think they have a few in other price ranges.
     
  7. The Quasar-Kid

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    MXR Custom Comp works great...
    I've tried a bunch of Compression pedals - the Custom Comp works great sounds nice
     
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    I like EHX, analogue, inexpensive, small box. The mad professor above does sound excellent however.
     
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    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

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    Barber Tone Press is the one I found throught researching the TDPRI Stomp Box page as "one of" the top recomended compressors by Tele players. I am sure there are 5 or so that would make that list wioth fans that will swear by their choice. This is simply one of the really good ones among them that i would replace in a second if it ever died. It is super clean, simple to use and I love the fact that you can blend the compressed and uncompressed sounds together. It is better than just dialing back compression alone. It is about $30 over your limit so you may want to look for one on ebay. And that is my 2 cents on the subject.

    http://www.barberelectronics.com/tonepress.htm
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    Tele-Monster Friend of Leo's

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    I have a Ross clone, it's similar to the Keeley comp. Dry natural sounding. My next choice would be my old DynaComp.
     
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    I like my $25 Rocktron Big Crush so far, but I would run it with an a/b looper to avoid the volume loss when it is turned off. I did a mod to cut this volume loss, but that only helped a little bit.

    Honestly though, I cannot compare it to anything else. It is the only one I have owned.
     
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    For the price I still have not seen or played a comp that comes CLOSE to my Biyang Baby Boom Compress X, it replaced my 2 knob Keeley because they sounded the same, but the Biyang was a lot more quiet. At a 1/4 of the price its a no brainer....
     
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    I like the squash of the CS-3, but for the OP's intended use, I would start with the Tone Press. It is an excellent compressor and its added control with the blend knob will work better for the progressive rock/blues styles described.
     
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    shop used and save yourself a good deal of cash. i picked up a totally clean (basically brand new) two knob keeley comp for $100.
     
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    Sounds to me like you want something optical - which sounds smoother and less squishy than a Ross type VCA circuit. In that case, BBE opto stomp would be one to check out. Gets good reviews and is reasonably priced.
     
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    Keeley...
     
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    Used Boss CS-2...$80ish+ on eBay

    I preferred that over the new CS-3 and DynaComp pedals I had...
     
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