Vesta Fire CG-1 Comp / Gate

CG-1 Comp / Gate (Vesta Fire)

This is definitely an odd one… it has a noise gate and a compressor in a relatively compact single package, which is not a bad thing, but can’t work with a battery, which means that an AC adapter is mandatory. I don’t have a shipping box or manual, so I can’t tell if an adapter was sold with the unit: however any standard 9V adapter should work. The box uses electronic, not mechanical switching, and the physical feedback is simply awful: you can’t tell if you have actually pressed the buttons unless you look at the two LEDs. On a more positive note, there is a couple of send/return jacks on the top. While my unit has a light blue color, I’m sure I’ve seen the very same model in black. There were different units who shared the same box and physical structure, i.e. the R-1X Digital Reverb and the D-1X Digital Delay. The company is now called Vestax, and has an impressive catalog of DJ-oriented products, but no stompboxes as far as I know.

Boss CS-1 Compressor

CS-1 Compression Sustainer (Boss)

This is the first compressor from BOSS: it has 3 controls, two knobs for level and sustain and a normal/treble switch, which is somewhat unusual from this manifacturer. I think that the only other Boss compact pedal which has a switch like this is the TW1 (T-Wah or Touch Wah).

This unit has been sold from 1978 to 1982, later Boss has made the CS-2 and CS-3. There’s a considerable difference in sound between the CS-1 and its siblings from the same company: this is due to the use of a photocoupler, which has been replaced by a more conventional VCA circuitry in later models. The CS-1 is supposed to have a tighter compression than CS-2 and 3. The pedal in the photo has some wear but still works like a champ.

Samples coming real soon

Schematics from Kurt Godiksen great site.