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Classic Comp Choice for Sharp Transients

So I'm in the market for an outboard comp that will deal with sharp transients during tracking, for things like detailed acoustic guitar, spoken word and detailed foley stuff, etc. Classic compressors that come to mind for me are:

And a lot more but you get the idea..

I know the 1176 is super fast and could possibly deal with sharp transients but from the general consensus, it adds some top end to the signal.. I hate brightness/top end in all forms.
The La2a is more of a slower comp that is not exactly what I'm looking for.
The 660 sounds like it is super fast and natural sounding but I'm not a millionaire.
The DBX 160A was sounding like an amazing choice for it's ability to deal with sharp transients while sounding natural, although, I recently read a reputable article suggesting that the 5ms attack time will not make it suitable for catching sharp transients, does anyone know more about that?

I don't like hyped sounding recordings.. warm, natural'ish and detailed is my taste. I use a Stam Audio 1073MPA preamp. Most of the sharp transients that I hate reside within the top end, I was possibly thinking of a really good de-esser for tracking but I don't know.. (de-essing does work a fair bit in post as a plugin)
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