T-rex Squeezer vs Electro-Harmonix LPB-2ube
Like many of us I too seek the Holy Grail we call Tube Warmth, for me this is always weighed against a desire for articulation, fatness and clear articulations of the high (high mids maybe) in the bass sound (we're not talking Marcus miller sizzle hear more pick attack and upper neck melodic tone) but adding something to the signal before it getís stuck into whatever amp I might be using at a gig or the soundmanís DI.
In the latest stage of this journey I'm looking at two different possible path's to this and would appreciate any input from user's of either or both pedals that have recently made themselves available to me on the second hand market.
1st is the T-Rex Squeezer, i first heard of this pedal when I had a EHX Black finger that was too noisy and dark for my liking and I was looking at alternatives, obviously this is also a compressor which I'm open/curious regarding tone enhancing usefulness (I play indie with a pick so i don't need any heavy slap comping just a little evening up) i would put this at the back of my signal chain so any OD's and Fuzz's run into the tube and get warmed up but also so the compression doesn't affect the OD's and Fuzz dynamic response. I would imagine that I wouldn't look to compress allot either a low ratio with a low threshold to affect the whole signal or a slightly higher ratio/threshold we'll see how I get on with it. Obviously the pro's with the Squeezer is that I get compression as well as Tubbinessí although I might find I don't necessarily want compression which is why I have reservations as I struggled to get on with the Black Finger.
Alternatively another option that has presented itself is the EHX LPB-2UBE, although I didn't have a great time with the tube in the Black Finger the online reviews of the LPB-2 are much more positive than they were about the Black Finger. Benefits for me are that if it sounds as clear and warm as reviews say it will be a great High quality Tube Buffer, I'd run my bass direct into channel one (or possible into my tuner 1st then the LPB-2) set a unity or near gain setting on the clean side of cleanish/just clean, out to my Octave, Fuz, OD, Tuner and Trem and then back into the 2nd Channel set for warm still mostly Clean sound hopefully with a nice amount of Natural Tube Compression, no real overdrive or distortion until I kick a OD or FUZZ pedal in. Again benefits alongside adding tube warmth to the sound are buffering the signal as it goes through my pedal board and out on a long cable to the amp trusting I like the sound of the bass through the tubes, also Iím wondering if Iíll get some slight natural tube compression thatíll sit well.