What size compressor do you need? I don't have any experience with the California compressors but I am pleased with my Makita Mac2400 I bought 5-6 years ago. Its very quiet and quite the compressor for a small footprint. Its sits under the infeed table of my jointer and I have it connected to hose reel. It fairly heavy so its not the best compressor if you want portable. (or I'm weak and just wimp when it comes to moving manly items) My need for compressed air is very small in my shop.