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Old 02-11-2013, 04:50 AM   #1
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durable effect pedals.

What are some delay pedals and reverbs that you found to be pretty durable?
What're your thoughts on boutique pedals and their ability to hold up on the road?
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:58 AM   #2
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:29 AM   #3
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:21 AM   #4
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most pedals of good quality boutique or not will be roadworthy.

im not really sure thats a major issue. what you really need is a roadworthy case for them.

another thing to note is that if a pedal is hand wired, it may be easier to repair, whereas a mostly PCB, digital pedal that isnt really that servicable (boss, digitech etc etc etc) is fairly garbage once it craps out. i guess it depends on what the problem is.

for the record i have more issues with my BOSS pedals than i do with my more "boutique" ones. For the record my BOSS pedals have historically taken more abuse over the years so.......

also for the record, my Xotic, lovepedal are built VERY tough. my CMAT Mods seems to be solid, might rate it a notch below. seeing as my EHX delay is messing up now im going to say the least.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:02 AM   #5
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:14 AM   #6
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Okay thanks guys. I was looking at the Timeline for delays but was pretty worried about bringing it on the road. What about cheaper ones like the Dl4 or the boss dd-20?
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:20 AM   #7
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:05 AM   #8
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Aye on the metal > plastic.

On a semi-related note, the Ibanez pedals with the push in/out knobs alleviated the risk of snapping one off its post (due to manner of transport/drunkenness), plus the design also made storage easy with the knobs recessed in the body and pedal itself. Then again, this also was coupled with the pedals not being anything special and being counter-intuitive for tinkering via foot in a live setting. Ah well.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:59 AM   #9
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Agreed on the metal > plastic. A lot sturdier, less chance of breaking if it drops.

As for brands, I'm not too sure who I'd reccommend as 'durable' as I've only owned one delay pedal, but when I had an EHX Memory Toy that broke within two days of owning it. I believe they sent a replacement which also broke, same fault, so I got a refund. So definitely not durable in my experience.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:18 PM   #10
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:26 PM   #11
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I'm mainly looking for something with a tap tempo an more options than the single stomp boxes have. I'm stuck between the Timeline, DL4, and DD-20.
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I'm mainly looking for something with a tap tempo an more options than the single stomp boxes have. I'm stuck between the Timeline, DL4, and DD-20.

Timeline if you have the money. Personally, I recommend the DD-20 when it's between the DL4 and the DD-20, but both are excellent units.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:35 PM   #13
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:59 PM   #14
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I use boss a lot, but I also very highly recommend you checking out Strymon. All metal chasis for the pedal, absolutely amazing sound quality. I have a Strymon Timeline and that thing has been through a lot and still holds strong. Someone actually dropped a conga on it and bent a knob. Still worked like nothing happened to it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:03 PM   #15
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Boss & Hardwire.

I hate the dinky little button switches on 90% of pedals.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:01 AM   #16
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:51 AM   #17
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the dinky little button switches are more durable than almost ALL BOSS style designs

...open up a boss battery area and look in. what do you see? an el-cheapo plastic switch. i have had that break a bunch of times.

also, the metal switches used on pedals are available for like 3 bucks at almost any music store and require a fast solder job.

if your boss switch breaks....well most people end up buying a new pedal.
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That may be true, but the very physical differences are still a relevant issue. The switch may be sturdier construction-wise, but that doesn't change the fact that it's still a (dinky) little switch.

Allowing my anecdotal experience to creep in, I have never seen or heard of a broken boss switch. Ever. I have seen and heard of broken button switches. So that probably lends a lot to my bias.
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There. Now it doesn't ****ing matter about the switch.

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