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ToneLab LE

Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the tonelab le by
Vox. I'm thinking about purchasing and I figured I'd ask advice on
ease of use and how good the sound is. I'm debating whether or
not to buy it, or stick to my individual pedals. Thanks.
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Re: ToneLab LE

1/28/2008 8:57 AM

Andrew Ells-O'Brien (563) wrote:

Be aware that the "tube" in the unit has no purpose.
I was able to remove the tube (easily done) and it did not make any
difference in ANY patches on the unit (overdrive or otherwise). So,
if you're buying because is uses a real tube, don't bother and go
for a BOSS GT-8.

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Re: ToneLab LE

1/28/2008 9:19 AM

Chris Borgna (36) wrote:

Thank you, I've heard that the tube was pretty worthless as well
and does not do much. maybe i'll stick to what I have in individual
pedals. The boss GT-8 seems really confusing, as i've never used
an effects processor before, and its pretty expensive.

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Re: ToneLab LE

1/28/2008 11:14 AM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

The tube in the TonLab is just a pretty light and does not serve any purpose as mentioned.

If you think the Boss GT-6 or GT-8 is a bit complex and expensive for you have a look at the Boss ME-50.

I have a GT-8 and an ME-50 and love my ME-50 for the simplicity of its use. I think in the USA that you could a new one very cheap.

Warren

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Re: ToneLab LE

1/29/2008 3:03 AM

Alan Roberts (10065) wrote:

Man, that's hilarious. But what's really amazing is how many people
woud swear that they could hear a difference with the tube in
there. Caveat emptor.
Peace,
Alan

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Re: ToneLab LE

1/29/2008 6:26 PM

Oliver Fawkner (155) wrote:

I have the Tonelab SE- which I got at a runout price as the model was being replaced by the LE.
I'm sure if I had all the pedals I would stay with them- but from my position of having no pedals and no real experience of how to combine sounds the Tonelab gives me lots of opportunities to tweak and play with tone and was a great buy at the price.
I do find it has taken a lot of time to really find a good clean tone I like especially when I start fiddling with pickup combinations and amp settings. There are just too many choices.

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Re: ToneLab LE

1/29/2008 8:39 PM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

Alan,

Sometimes is a case of "crapious goodies buyth by parentious forth childious emplace of tantrumious massiveous".

Warren

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Re: ToneLab LE

1/29/2008 10:32 PM

Chris Russell (3044) wrote:

aka:

G.A.S
gear acquasision syndrome

BTW, I had the Tone lab SE. the blue one with two pedals (that they don't make anymore). and I was quite happy with it.

pros, much better crunch, light break up, blues type tones than the other two (imo). it had some responsiveness, which is tough to do digitally. the tube did have some bearing on the tone. I swapped mine out a few times and it changed the whole spectrum, alot! I was happiest with an old chinese 12ax, and a russian 12ay came a close second.

cons, the first one I got had an aweful hum. and went back because one of the switches failed. the replacement sounded fine (a little cycle hum). no failures. also, it had almost nothing for high gain. best it could do was to mimick the high gain in VOX's new valvetronics.

I always recommend going down to your local store to test drive one first.

Chris

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Re: ToneLab LE

1/29/2008 10:37 PM

Chris Russell (3044) wrote:

oh, and I'm sure the thing would have ran fine with no tube. as it's only an emulation circuit. no tube would probably be default. hadn't tried it though.