May 19, 2007

Maybe a little _too_ vintage...

by Chris Randall

I was doing my normal Saturday search for vintage compressors (it's a problem I have; seriously, I just can't stop) and I came across something I've _never_ seen before, which is unusual enough to note. This little JL Warren t00b comp looks like a boatload of fun. Auction is here and try to ignore the part where he says "it's for you to find out how the 1950's will impact your sound." I don't know this guy, and I don't vouch for this auction.

Anyone ever use one of these before? Is it superfly, or is it superlame?




May.19.2007 @ 8:26 PM
Even if it sounds like shit it will be a great conversation piece, go for it.

May.19.2007 @ 9:09 PM
And it looks hot as fuck. I can't imagine one couldn't find function for it.

May.19.2007 @ 10:14 PM
penzoil washington
Heretic, apparently the function is to run a radio or tv through it and add a voiceover with your trusty crystal mic. it might be best to to consider the cost of DI or bump boxes to interface this with anything. given that hurdle, a dbx 161 would be more of a sure thing at that price point. Hell, I saw an LA4 go instantly as a BIN for $400 a couple weeks back.

May.20.2007 @ 1:13 AM
Chris Randall
I agree with Penzoil; while this may have mojo, a dbx 161 is a consistent and well-known quantifiable box. Plus it'll fit in a rack. Or you're about a third of the way to a Sta-Level, which is both quantifiable _and_ full of techno.

I was more curious as to whether anyone knew 'bout this, as I've never heard of one.



May.20.2007 @ 7:22 AM
The guy also has some nifty dual altec preamp w p. supply for rather cheap.
i wonder how thos things sounds like.

May.20.2007 @ 10:35 AM
You should buy it just because it has an eye-tube, and it appears to be a working one at that...

May.21.2007 @ 5:49 AM
don't discount that trusty crystal mic..

May.21.2007 @ 11:46 AM
I saw that, too. I am curious and tempted.

I've bought two harmonica mics from him; I'll vouch for his reliability as an ebay seller.

As far as eye tubes, they aren't hard to implement and are available for not a lot of money. Get an old Knight signal tracer for 1/10th the cost of this gizmo and lose yourself in the magicalness of the eye.

Also, you can repurpose magic eyes to function as a low gain AF amplifier and get reasonably low distortion figures, if you have nothing better to do.




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