Micro-tron III vs. Mu-tron III

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  1. ninjames

    ninjames Well-Known Member

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    so, I've had an original Mu-Tron III from the 70's I got off eBay for about $375 15 years ago... it sounds amazing but it's a pain in the ass because of its weird power supply and it's an old beat up fragile pedal that I don't want to abuse anymore than it has been over he last 40ish years of its life.

    This new Micro-Tron III pedal that's been out for about a year is supposed to be just as good.. a faithful recreation designed and sold by the original creator of the Mu-tron III and the Q-tron...even Tim Mahoney is using the new Micro-tron III
    It's smaller, easy 9V power... pedal board friendly...

    So I finally ordered one.. guess what.. doesn't even come close to the original.. I am really surprised Tim is playing one of these on his board... it is significantly lacking. I'll admit if you are plucking single notes it is identical... but when you jam some clean chords on it you can notice a huge difference that it is not up to par with the original... in fact my Möbius is 10x better and far closer than the original. Sand dollars sounds awful on it.

    In case any of you guitar players are wondering.. stick to a q-tron or a mobius... or else go for the real thing... the Micro-Tron III is extremely over rated.. it's so bad I'm thinking I might even have a bunk one since so many people swear by it. The switch pops. Wtf? ........ I'm selling it.

    You've been warned!
     
  2. luigikart311

    luigikart311 Well-Known Member

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    Nick uses a Q-tron on The Night Is Young. Would you like to try different Q-trons?
     
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    ninjames Well-Known Member

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    I have an original Q Tron. Haven’t used any other versions.
     
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    luigikart311 Well-Known Member

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    I really like the Maxon AF-9 auto filter. Might the AF-9 work for you?
     
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    ninjames Well-Known Member

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    Maybe, don't know that one.

    Would you like to send it to me in the mail?
     
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    luigikart311 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I don’t have one. I have only heard them. I was suggesting that maybe you would like to buy one from a music store or online?
     
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    ninjames Well-Known Member

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    No...... my next purchase will be my very own PRS custom 24.... just need 4 grand.
     
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    Here’s a video demonstration of the AF-9.
     
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    ninjames Well-Known Member

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    Thats a real cool filter... how much those usually go for?
     
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    it sounds kind of like the boss FT-2... I have one of those.. Tim used FT-2 on soundsystem i believe.
     
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    luigikart311 Well-Known Member

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    $250
     
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  12. Phunkbear

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    Good to know on that pedal cause I always wanted one. I have a Q tron I got back in 01 and it’s held up great except it’s wayyyyy louder than my signal should be like there’s some sort of boost. Apparently it’s a known issue but I dunno
     

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