#1
I've been buying a lot of pedals recently and noticed a Tech 21 SA1 pedal while trolling around on reverb.. for.. $289? Really, I bought one for around $25 bucks in 1996 and it just sits on a shelf. Seems a little brittle with some crackle, can I just hit it with some Deoxit? Would that help?

Also I want to be honest/accurate if describing the item for sale and just a little worried that it sounds a bit different from some youtube clips. There's a very noticeable boost but the OD is thin. I could probably just offer refunds (if anyone was disappointed) to be fair.



Last edited by Marrowoflife at Sep 21, 2015,
#2
That's not really intended to be used as a pedal into an amp. It's studio gear for working without an amp. The Sansamp line is the gold standard for analog modeling circuits.
#4
They also make the "Character" series, which are similar but dedicated to a single maker. I have the "British", which is a Marshall emulator. As jpnyc implied, they aren't particularly good as infront of an amp, but the new ones have a speaker emulator bypass switch, and likely work very well in that role. Mine is an old one without the speaker bypass, and it works very well with headphones, if a little quiet.
#5
This one apparently has multi functionality, I don't see why it won't be good as a boost on the 1-6 settings, if you engage the other two it will probably also engage cabinet emulation.

I have several of their Sansamp series and they are really good as a front end for an amp or as a direct recording device. The TRI-OD is one of these and it has speaker emulation that you can use by itself of you can use it as a front end to a preamp. I used to put it in front of my Marshall VS8100 head and it was getting some really good aggressive metal tones.