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I generally use my phaser for subtle stuff. I use the flanger when I *want* that low-overhead-jet-flypast sound that obliterates the guitar signal .
(And yes, I know that phasing and flanging aren't just less/more extreme versions of the same effect .)
Interesting... I had an FL9 and I found it anything but subtle. I don't think I really liked it at all; I did at first, but it was a bit noisy and just not... an Electric Mistress.
I've always thought that phasers were a lot more extreme than flangers- probably coz it's easier to turn down a flanger. My current phaser (a Belcat and not the Phase100) sweeps quite severely across the frequency spectrum, from incredibly deep to screaming high pitched- NOT subtle at all! TBH, I hate it, but just can't be bothered to jiggle my board around again just yet to fit my MXR on. Maybe I need to get one of those orange Mooers!
I got one of the current reissue MXR Phase 45 pedals. Love it!
"Give me five minutes and I'll make 'em all sound the same."
I can completely see why others don't, but for me just having the rise and fall modes make it a winner. Lovely sounds those two, even if the base phase sound isn't as good as some others.
Also (back to the original question) worth considering the TC Nova Modulator as it'll do phase and flanger and tremolo and chorus and other stuff in a relatively simple format. Switching presets is a bit fiddly on the fly but simple between songs.
You're with stupid. ▲
It's also much worse in an FX loop since it's a full-digital pedal (digitised dry signal path as well). I think the PH-3 is too but I haven't tested one to that extent.
+1 on the FL-9.
If you can find an Ibanez CCL "Dual Chorus" or PC-10 "Prime Dual Chorus" they go for pretty cheap and it's essentially a CS-9 and FL-9 in one box. Sorts out pretty much all my modulation needs.
As for phaser I love my old russian Small Stone (though it's broken at the moment, just self oscillates) and hate the PH-3 I have on loan from a friend.
I don't really using flanging, apart from one patch on my POD, where I usually end up playing "Silver Machine". Umm.
As far as modulation goes, I pretty much stick with a Leslie sim.
Hmm. Rosewood Tele, Leslie, Fender amp. I probably need a fur coat and some red trousers.