"I don't see what people do with these compressors"

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Flatwound, May 21, 2017.

  1. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    My Compressore seems to have become a fizzly-noise machine rather than a useful tool, so I went to Craigslist to see what I could find. Lo and behold, there's an Earthquaker The Warden at a reasonable price. I called the guy. "Yeah, it's basically new; I don't see what people do with these compressors. I've had a lot of calls, but nobody's showing up." I assured him I would show up, and he told me I could meet him at a certain upscale bar.

    Long story short, I meet him at the bar, and he tells me he has an endorsement deal with Earthquaker. "Cool," says I, "What's your band?" He says he's a session guitarist, and mumbles something about a band that I can't quite make out. I hand him the cash, he hands me The Warden. Says, "Can I write you a receipt?" and I sort of nod my head. He makes no move to procure pen or paper, and I take that as my cue to leave.

    All in all, an odd experience, but that's Craigslist. A session guitarist that doesn't know what a compressor is for? Inconceivable.
  2. I guess the session gee-tar-est figures that if he's got a pedal going that it MUST make him sound really cool, or it isn't working. His loss, your gain. Score a point for the bassist!
  3. C_Becker


    Mar 30, 2017
    Sometimes you really meet weird people on those classified sites.
    But I've also met some people who were awesome players, but didn't have the slightest clue about pedals, strings, pickups or anything else gear related. Maybe he was one of them. The receipt thing is still weird..
  4. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    FWIW - I had to do a tube replacement in a Compressore when it exhibited similar symptoms...
    ECC81 / 12AT7
  5. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I've replaced the tube in the compressore 3 times so far. Kind of a pain in the, uhh, neck, and the second tube only lasted a month. After the third tube replacement, no change in sound. It appears to have something wrong with it that kills tubes.