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Not that I have anything to carry anywhere at the moment, but maybe for the future..

I'm trying to put together a list of amps that have built in compression to limit the stuff I need to carry.

So far... ( I realise some are heavy, but if I'm doing a list I might as well do it properly)

 

Ampeg PF500

Ampeg PF800

Ampeg SVT-4 Pro

Ampeg SVT-7 Pro

 

Ashdown ABM series

Ashdown Rootmaster

Ashdown Shavo 22

 

Darkglass MT900 V2

Darkglass Alpha Omega 900

 

EBS Reidmar series

 

Eden WTP900

 

Eich T-1000

 

Orange 4 stroke

Orange Little Bass Thing

 

TC BQ series

TC BH series (using a Tone Print slot)

TC RH Series

TC Blacksmith

 

 

That's all I've found so far - what else is there?

 

 

 

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56 minutes ago, fretmeister said:

.....built in compression to limit the stuff I need to carry.

Saw what you did there...

:)

 

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I have both the ampeg PF-500 and Ashdown RM500 EVO II.

These days the Ashdown is my goto. It's VERY light and sounds fab. Ampeg is now my spare and unused in 2 years

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Phil Jones Briefcase has one, so some of his other stuff might do too.

Cue 17-page discussion on whether there is any point to single-knob compression systems.

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I'd have thought anything with valves in would add some compression ...

 

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Just now, pete.young said:

Phil Jones Briefcase has one, so some of his other stuff might do too.

Cue 17-page discussion on whether there is any point to single-knob compression systems.

Using my Briefcase a lot during Lockdown and the post-Covid wasteland of low-volume social distancing.

That one-knob compressor is surprisingly effective. If I was feeling pretentious, then I might even say 'musical'.

 

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Much as I enjoy my Ashdown RM500, the compressor isn't in the same class as the optical compressor I used to have. I sold it because the Ashdown had a built-in compressor, but I'll be getting another when the time is right.

It would be interesting to know which head manufacturer fits a genuinely high quality compressor to their product.

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7 minutes ago, Happy Jack said:

I'd have thought anything with valves in would add some compression ...

 

True, and if it has a tube rectifier you get more compression than with diodes.

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The Bergantino B|Amp has parallel compression among many other fantastic features. Well worth checking out.   

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It’s funny, and probably more an indication of my (lack of) understanding of compressors but I’ve always preferred single control compressors on amps to separate dedicated compressors.

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With regards to the TC BH550 - The toneprint is modelled on the Spectracomp and is without doubt, the best compressor I have used.  I even tested out a few compressor pedals before CV struck in a local shop and didn't think any of them were near the level of the onboard Spectracomp Toneprint.

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1 hour ago, 40hz said:

With regards to the TC BH550 - The toneprint is modelled on the Spectracomp and is without doubt, the best compressor I have used.  I even tested out a few compressor pedals before CV struck in a local shop and didn't think any of them were near the level of the onboard Spectracomp Toneprint.

TC BH250 here with Spectracomp loaded as my only effect, no pedals. About 9 o'clock does me which just thickens up the sound. Suits me as I just want light-weight & simple allowing the tone of whichever instrument I plug in to shine.

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Hartkes often have onboard compression- the new class D 800w job certainly does.

 

 

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Some of the old Trace Elliot heads had compressors.  Hi and Low, as I recall.

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Add Warwick LWA 500 (£185) and LWA 1000 (£275) to the end of your list! Clean sounding amps with built in compression - bargain.

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A TC Spectracomp mini weighs less than a fairie's fart. No hardship carrying that around.

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3 hours ago, scalpy said:

Hartkes often have onboard compression- the new class D 800w job certainly does.

 

 

Some, if not all, of the HA series do too.

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3 hours ago, scalpy said:

Hartkes often have onboard compression- the new class D 800w job certainly does.

 

 

Yep the New Hartke TX8500 has a compressor.

tech21 dUg Ultrabass 1000 Has one

Without derailing and getting into massive battles I always thought tubes are not actually technically compressors one the truest sense of what compression is

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Marshall MB range... I have a MB15 - 2 Channel, Modern with Comp, Classic with Gain... Nice little practice amp.

MB30 version is Channel foot switchable... and the 60, 150 and 300 have ECC83 Valve Pre.

 

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Apart from the TC BH250 the other amps I've owned with one knob built in compression were - a PJB Briefcase and a Roland cube. Both were good, quite smooth subtle as you turned it up if I remember correctly without changing the sound too drastically. The Spectracomp is the one that can be subtle or heavy, all with one knob control. I think TC got it right. At least try the Spectracomp and compare with any other if you can before you decide.

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Just now, grandad said:

Apart from the TC BH250 the other amps I've owned with one knob built in compression were - a PJB Briefcase and a Roland cube. Both were good, quite smooth subtle as you turned it up if I remember correctly without changing the sound too drastically. The Spectracomp is the one that can be subtle or heavy, all with one knob control. I think TC got it right. At least try the Spectracomp and compare with any other if you can before you decide.

I like this about the Spectracomp. It's like having 3 distinct compressor characters with one turn of the control. 

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12 hours ago, Japhet said:

A TC Spectracomp mini weighs less than a fairie's fart. No hardship carrying that around.

It's still a faff.

IIRC it's power supply only. So that's the pedal, power supply, couple of patch cables.

One of the reasons I'm doing the list is because I volunteer at a music trust and when (if) we get back to it then I have to move rooms every 40 minutes. So I have to break it all down and set it up again. Every 40 minutes.

 

I have a new cab on wheels and a head stock tuner. If I can get an amp with compression in it then there's only a power cable and guitar cable to worry about. The head can stay on the cab while I wheel it about.

It's all about speed of moving rooms.

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