IRangASilentBell wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:15 pm
I got a little sidetracked after I posted this question. Thanks for everyone's input.
I guess it's between the Micro-Tron III and the 3 Leaf Proton. Looks like both are currently out of stock.
It sounds like the Micro is $45 more than the Proton but both are pretty similar in sound quality?
A more finicky effect you will not find. As noted many times before, so rig and player dependent. Probably also dependent on relative humidity, pollen count, moon phase, astrology charts, and other things we can't begin to understand in this plane.
When I run an EF in my looper setup with a "regular" guitar (almost always single coil fenders, fully aware that this is a losing proposition from the word go), it's a crap shoot whether or not its gonna sound good in the middle of a jam. Something like this.
Hit the EF, it works, great. Or, Hit the EF, it works, but I gotta really smack the guitar in anger to get it to trigger (cause the output of the guitar by nature is low). Or... hit the EF, oh crap that sounds bad (or makes no effing sound at all), ripcord to the OC-2! Usually something like that.
I've found that the only time I can get consistent and predictable results with an EF is when I am using my tiger strat with OBEL and waldo's buffer. When I finally got that trip going, it felt like I was really hearing the true voice of the MU III for the first time. Eye opening and amazing, a real a-ha moment. Go figure.
I've owned the Protron (v2) and currently have a Micro III, as well as an original Mutron III and an older 90s silver box Qtron for bar gigs etc. To my ears the Micro III is closer to the original. Not super surprising since it's Mike Beigel's creation. Never really got on with the Protron to be honest. I let mine go within 2 months of getting it.
I find all substitutes to be too aggressive and forward. Still waiting for the one that is as round / vowel-like as the original.
I'd rank them Original Mutron III, then Micro III, then silver box Qtron, then ....... Protron. Just one dude's opinion