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Old 02-18-2013, 04:59 AM   #1
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Power Supply for Internationally Ordered Pedals?

Hi, folks!

I'm looking into starting a pedal board soon, and hope to import the bulk of gear on my wish list from the US and UK to cut down on costs. My only concern is that, being in Australia, a 9V power supply bought locally may not be operable/suitable for these pedals.

Has anybody got experience with doing something similar? Is this a viable way to go about things? Will I need to purchase any converters, or other accessories to have things work out?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:06 AM   #2
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Depends on what you're looking at getting.

Most stuff is regular 9v DC centre negative, which you can use a regular 240v adapter for.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:20 AM   #3
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I've got my eyes on an MXR Carbon Copy or Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay, and a couple of Electro Harmonix's envelope filters to get started.

Thanks for the reply!
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:23 AM   #4
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Just check out the power requirements. If any of them have to come with power supplies because they have obscure current draws or voltages or for some reason are centre positive, then you need to buy an Aussie adapter. Jaycar sell tons of those.

If you're going to be buying from overseas, buy from PGS or Prymaxe Vintage. They take a lot of the bulk of priority shipping as well as having sales on all the time.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:26 AM   #5
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PGS and Prymaxe have been at the top of my list of retailers for a while now. Just have to get the guts to put on my orders.

Thanks again for the feedback and advice.
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I'd choose PGS over Prymaxe.

Have experienced issues with Prymaxe not being able to process international credit cards.

Plus, if you spend over US$400 on a single purchase, PGS ships for free IIRC.
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Weird. I seem to be the only one whose had a pleasant experience with Prymaxe.

I used Paypal though.
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Strange.

Nonetheless, its probably a good thing I can't order from PV. They have so many funky brands, I'd run of money real quick.
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I simply wouldn't bother importing. It may seem cheaper at first, but by the time you add in shipping, then add in import duties and taxes (which are taken from the full value of the product + the postage value + any insurance value), it usually ends up no cheaper than buying locally, and sometimes can be even more expensive.
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I simply wouldn't bother importing. It may seem cheaper at first, but by the time you add in shipping, then add in import duties and taxes (which are taken from the full value of the product + the postage value + any insurance value), it usually ends up no cheaper than buying locally, and sometimes can be even more expensive.


That's really not true when buying from Prymaxe, PGS, and other small US stores. They mark everything as warranty returns so you don't have to pay taxes (you wouldn't anyways in Australia unless value is over $1000) and their postage costs are either very low or nonexistent, plus they regularly have 10-15% off sales.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #11
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I simply wouldn't bother importing. It may seem cheaper at first, but by the time you add in shipping, then add in import duties and taxes (which are taken from the full value of the product + the postage value + any insurance value), it usually ends up no cheaper than buying locally, and sometimes can be even more expensive.

Not true.

Priority shipping to Australia is something like $20-$25 and there are no import taxes unless the value of the item is $1,000AUD or more. I agree about buying locally and supporting your own economy (hell I work at a music store) but the wholesalers and the Governments import tax in this country marks up the price to where it's just pointless to consider buying pedals here.

Unless it's Boss, Roland got their shit together and started getting prices down.
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