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LMB-3 or Milkbox... can't decide

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bassmike62, Jan 19, 2013.


  1. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider

    I had been playing a LMB-3 for about a year and got the opportunity of getting a mint Milkbox for 40 $ (both figure well in Bongo's budget comps reviews and it's after reading said review I got the hots for a Milkbox).

    The LMB-3 is as bland as its ugly-ass color, but is quiet and does an impeccable job at handling filter spikes (Bass Auto Q and/or Micro Q-Tron, in my case). The Milkbox is noisy and not so good at compressing, but man, what a tone. Wish I could keep both comps, but I don't have the space for it.

    I keep going back and forth between those two pedals and can't seem to settle on one. Anybody had this, either with these 2 or other 2 pedals doing the same thing ? What made ya decide ?

    EDIT: I currently own both comps, just can't decide which one to keep. I also wanna make sure my amp is well protected when I slap.
     
  2. MilkyMcMilkMilk

    MilkyMcMilkMilk

    Dec 17, 2008
    keep em both. Depending on what you're going for on any given day you have both options.

    I've never tried the milkbox, but I like my LMB-3 a lot. Though I've never used any other compressor/limiter
     
  3. For $40 one can hardly go wrong- and you could almost certainly flip it if you really abhor the thing. I love mine- probably paid $40 brand-new.
     
  4. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I just spent $60 for a Milk Box Mint in Box with paperwork. $40 is a steal for one.
     
  5. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    I had my LMB-3 modded by Steve McKinley. It is now a boutique comp at a budget price. Love it!
     
  6. This!
    Grab that Milk Box while you can!
    If you don't like it you can easily get back what you paid and then some.
     
  7. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Personally, I would avoid ANY device that adds noise to my signal chain. There are tons of great sounding pedals that are also quiet. So, sounds great but noisey is a pass.
     
  8. I had a Milk Box for a while and I don't remember it being noisy.
     
  9. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider

    I should add that its noisy past the noon mark.
     
  10. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Knoxville
    I've had both and kept the LMB-3. Like you say, the Milk Box is great for the creamy tone (made even an ODB-3 absolutely sing), and the LMB-3 is better for actually limiting spikes, which is my main need. The Milk Box is indeed noisy past noon, but that's common with any effect that amplifies treble. Depends on your needs. Worked as I needed well before noon. Putting it first in the signal chain is necessary and helps the noise issue.
     
  11. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider

    I just tried'em both together, but of course that totally annihilates the dynamics. I kinda new it was going there but had to try, if not only out of naive hope. My amp seems to have some kind of built-in limiter (Fender Delta-comp, not much info on it), but I'm not sure it effectively protects the amp against my poor technique.
     
  12. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider

    Well... finally decided to go the safe route and keep the LMB-3 on active duty. But it's painful choice and that's not dissing the LMB-3.

    Thanks to y'all for your input.
     
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