Knight of Cups wrote:
You should probably sticky this Coolhand. Your info is that worthy
Amen to that. I finally finished the 5-Knob last night. I read the BYOC kit page for the 5-Knob and decided to go with the BA6110 right out of the gate. Outside of digital emulations in multi-FX over the last decade and a half, I've never owned an actual compressor, so I'm definitely not a compressor guru. The little blurb on the BYOC page seemed enough. Cleaner seemed better.
For transistors, I had no clue. I seperated the 14 trannies into two little piles of seven each. I couldn't decide. I almost hoped one would be missing so that I would be forced one way or another. I randomly chose 2SC1849 over 2N5088. (Well, I think I did. I picked the ones with the far easier to read label text and the colorful little dots on the back. Pretty sure that was the 2SC1849. IIRC, the 2N5088 has tiny little engraved text.)
I fired it up with a humbucker loaded Tele last night (splittable Duncans). It sounded really good through my Old Flame and my Marshall. At extreme settings, the thing easily does that classic country squish thing. The sustain is off the charts. Adjusting it back a bit yields some nice sustain without too much squish). I did notice some noise on extreme settings, but nothing off the charts.
As I take it based on BYOC's post above( "Some people want their Ross clone to still behave like the old Ross, but want a cleaner "studio" compressor tone. The BA6110/2N5088's are for these people."
), I randomly chose a sort of itermediate combination. I'm thinking that in the next day or two I owe it to myself to try out the other trannies to see just how much cleaner and sweeter the thing could be. Last night's version was nice, but even cleaner couldn't hurt, particularly with the Marshall.