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The first product we will be looking at is the TC Electronic Spark Mini. The little brother of the standard Spark, TC Electronic’s Spark Mini offers the same high-quality components for clean, interference-free boost, but in a smaller package, and without a few of the bells and whistles. Aside from the footswitch, you get just the one single level knob which moves from +0 dB to +20 dB.
Next up is the MXR M133 Micro Amp. A much smaller cousin of the MXR we’ve already covered in our list, the M133 is branded as a ‘Micro Amp’, and we like that name, because that’s pretty much what it is. Crank up the dial and you get some serious extra boost without any real coloration. Just amplification.
It’s not as strong as the full-sized spark, and it won’t allow you to alter your core tone, but it does do a superb job of giving you an extra kick for solos and other lead parts. One useful feature is ‘PrimeTime’, which allows the pedal to be either switched on and left, or you can hold the footswitch down just to boost for a short period. And it does this at an amazing price, making this little boost pedal a really good choice for those who just want clean boost and good components without breaking the bank.
We think this little unit would be ideal when twinned with an old Marshall or Vox and either no other, or a very restrained set of, pedals. There’s a bit of extra brightness when applied, but aside from that, it’s just pure, clean boost that you can feed into the amp. You’d get a really nice sound by pushing an older valve amp just a little bit harder than it’s used to.
|HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON|
|TC Electronic Spark Mini||MXR M133 Micro Amp|
+ Awesome value
+ Looks great, with fantastic attention to detail
+ PrimeTime feature is great for short bursts of boost
+ Great quality
+ Almost perfect transparency
+ Useful miniature chassis
|WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT|
|A great looking little unit at a hard-to-beat price point make the TC Electronic Spark Mini a sound choice for anyone who needs a boost pedal that gets the job done. We’d highly recommend it if you’ve found your tone already and just want a high-quality kick in a small package.||This has been one of the top-reviewed clean boost units on the market for quite some time now, and we’d tend to agree. It does a very good job of boosting cleanly like a little preamp, and is very simple to use. The miniature chassis is also very welcome, and is almost surprising for how much of an effect the unit can have on your sound.|
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