Amps will have to wait… As well as many of the other effects. chuckles But I did manage to dig out a few of my main favorites (that I still own) when I dug up an Anvil case I tucked away here with me.
I planned on bringing a guitar and DAW, as well as a Boss rhythm station to practice with, etc. But the majority hasn’t made it over yet sadly.
The chain order (connection, for those that don’t play) is top right to bottom left.
As most of you know, I go for quality and function first. Music gear is no exception, and obviously, with sound, even more so.
The Pearl compressor is a very transparent comp, with a pretty wide range of control. I have another I like better, but it’s ultra rare, and NOT something I’d risk carrying around in a general “gig rig”. Not that I’ve played out in years. But anyways…
The Carbon Copy is currently pulling short delay duty (usually for cleans).
The Distortion III is a nice modern update on the classic MXR Distortion, and will do sounds all the way from the original and Plus, to modern metal.
The Delay 585-A is an ooooold 18v classic that rocks the Panasonic MN3205 chip IIRC. It powered many venerable and revered old stomp delays (in the day), and because of the 18v supply, has a huge amount of headroom, with a very reasonable noise floor for its age. Very organic, without the DM-2 price tag. Great for medium delays with a ton of body!
Ahh the old orange ROSS. Back when they were still made in Chanute KS, USA. As noisy as these can be, this one is pretty quiet. Primarily thanks to giving it the TLC it demands. ROSS had a unique way of doing things back in the day, and the biggest reason for problems was the fact that they tied the audio into the PSU ground. So it has to have it’s own isolated PSU for starters.
As for sound, there’s just nothing else that will get the same sound this does, thanks to a very customized chip that’s long since NLA.
The BF-2 is pretty much a legend to itself. Monstrously deep jet flanging for classic 80’s stuff.
The CS-505 is another old school classic, that runs on higher voltage, has greater headroom as a result, so it can dish out heaps of lush, rich chorus. (Think original Japan Boss CS-2, but quieter, and just as lush, if not more so!)
The last one, and I’m sure some are scratching the head about “two phasers?” but this is my secret weapon. This one happens to do a highly respectable Vibe, at least to my ear. (Think Uni-Vibe, not the typical vibrato) And I’ve had the privilege of working on a couple of the real deal, wooden Leslie’s, bone stock. Unfortunately though, I didn’t own it at the time to compare side by side. So take the above with a grain.
Anyways, there’s many others I’ll be able to share in the future… But I’ll throw these up for now.