Should I sell my MXR M82 for a 3Leaf Proton?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by chief redcok, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. chief redcok

    chief redcok Guest

    Mar 17, 2012
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Let me begin with saying this M82 and my Tech 21 VT are my 2 favorite pedals. Now, I'm taking it into great consideration to sell my M82 for the Proton. Anyone done this already? Do you regret it? Do you love the decision you made? Let me know!:hyper:
  2. chief redcok

    chief redcok Guest

    Mar 17, 2012
    Ft. Lauderdale
    I will also eventually own a Chunk Systems Brown Dog.. So what would be a good mixture with the Brown Dog.. Im not a big fan of that Chunk Systems Agent Funk..
  3. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    If you love your MXR pedal why not just paint it?. I have a Proton and I like it....never tried the MXR. If only we could temp trade....
  4. chief redcok

    chief redcok Guest

    Mar 17, 2012
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Haha I would be down for that but I think I'll just end up convincing my guitar player to get a Proton and then compare em side by side
  5. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Yes, you should. (IMHO of course.) To me the M82 is too "pew pew" lasery sounding, but the Proton sounds nice and funky.

    Personal tastes will differ, of course.
  6. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    Proton... YES!

    Although, the Xero D trumps them all.*

    *Disclosure: I have both on my board.
  7. XXL

    XXL calm seas dont make skilled sailors

    Jun 14, 2007
    Yes on the I.E. Xerograph Deluxe, I agree with what Matt said, Xero trumps all.

    FWIW I never tried a Proton, only had a Groove Regulator and several other filters.
  8. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    I would keep the MXR M82; I tried the Proton and did not like it at all.
  9. EskimoBassist


    Nov 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    So do I, I know that the Xero Deluxe is more versatile, but there's something so warm and natural about the Proton, I just don't know if I can let it go!
  10. My feelings exactly.
  11. Megazap63


    Apr 12, 2009
    London, UK
    I sold a couple of other filters then tried both a GR2 and Proton - very impressed with both. I ended up with the GR2 only because its a bit more versatile.

    I'd go for the Proton over the MXR which, IMO, is a bit sterile sounding.
  12. morrisonhendrix

    morrisonhendrix When the music's over, turn out the lights... Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2009
    near Dallas, Texas
    I had a GR1 and a M82. I didn't care for either one. I couldn't get them to quack/open up enough. I now have a EHX Qballs and a Pigtronix EP-2. I love them both.
  13. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    I had the M82, sold it, bought a proton.

    I like the proton a lot better. It sounds more natural and less like lazer beams. The Proton sound more analong if that makes sense. Like a record vs an MP3. It has a warm quality to it, where I found the M82 kind of cold, sterile, and harsh.

    My only complaint about the proton is no battery. My 1spot would not work with it because the plug was too fat. If I ran the 1 spot to my tuner, and then did the daisy chain thing, that worked as the plug on the daisy chain thing is smaller than the one on the 1 spot. But that's not that big of a deal. I'm more of a tune once kind of guy, and I don't run the tuner in line, let alone any effects... unless I'm feeling saucy that particular gig. I got an Electro-Harmonix power supply that works great.

    Bottom line, I think it's a good upgrade.
  14. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    I know exactly what you mean... that's why they both have a home on my board. I use the proton for Bill Laswell style burbley filtering bop style bass lines and the Xero D for more classic quack, synthy goodness and dubification.

    Edit: here's my board with both the Xero and Proton... my two favorite filters.

    Attached Files:

  15. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I think the power supply hole is a bit bigger now. I think I'm using the stock cable with my OneSpot and it works on both the Proton and the PWNZOR.
  16. I haven't tried the Proton, but I've had the M82 and I didn't ike it. It wasn't juicy or funky enough. Couldn't find more than one setting I liked. I sold it after getting a GR2 which is awesome, way more versatile, from wet funk to quackiness. It also reacts much better to other effects. The only thing the GR2 is lacking is an expression out. The Xerograph DLX is also a great choice, lots of options on that filter and the expression control looks sweet.

    All in all , I'd swap the MXR if I was you.
  17. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    I owned both and they are completely different types of filters. Both are good at what they're designed for. Neither can do what each other does. Check out Spencer's video...if you like the way it sounds, do it.

    Instead, have both. Be a filter addict like me.
  18. chief redcok

    chief redcok Guest

    Mar 17, 2012
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Haha thanks for the input guys! Think I'm gonna let go of my m82 and see how I like my Proton
  19. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    +1... this is how I feel about the Xero and Proton.
  20. Spencer!


    Jun 25, 2006
    Owner, Pike Amplification & 3Leaf Audio
    A few people have had issues with this - plugs with short barrels won't fit very securely. I'm having a bigger hole drilled the next time I order enclosures.