#1
So, my rhythm guitarist is looking to buy a delay pedal, he doesn't want to spend a lot (nothing more than $200) and is obvious looking for something with durability and a high quality sound (willing to go used). So far the only thing i've really come up with is the MXR Carbon Copy and the TC electronics Nova Repeater. I usually deal with boutique stuff so i'm not too savvy on the mid end stuff. could you guys give me a hand with some suggestions for him?

He is looking for something that has a pretty clear repeat so I think digital would be the way to go, but analog is definitely fine to suggest to, or at least a digital capable of also emulating an analog.
#2
The Nova Repeater is pretty bright. Not my favorite but good for the price. You might want to look into the Malekko Ekko 616. It's analog and definitely sounds analog though.
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Nova repeater is pretty good. Had it. Sold it only because i got the g-system. Otherwise I would have kept it
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#4
The Digitech DL-8 is pretty good, and does a nice analog. For single-stomp pedals, that's what I'd suggest.
If he needs to switch settings on the fly, the Boss DD-20 has a lot of flexibility. I got one for $180 new, but that was a few years ago, not sure what prices look like now.
#5
Nova Repeater is awesome, I love the thing. And it has a tone knob to turn down the brightness...
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How much delay time does he want/need and does he have a preference between analog and digital?

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How much delay time does he want/need and does he have a preference between analog and digital?


he needs anywhere up to around 750 milliseconds (thats out of the range of most analog delays, but usually his delay settings are nowhere near that long)

no preference, its just that he doesn't want too much decay, he wants a LITTLE BIT of modulation in the delay, but not the muddy tone you get from vintage delays, if you get what I mean. this is why I think digital is the way to go, but it doesn't matter to him.

EDIT: does anyone know any units that have the delay time displayed on a screen in this price range? (besides the Nova Delay, that's a little too pricey)
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#8
i tried out a few delay pedals the other day, the carbon copy is horrible, the memory boy is horrible. you shall see my NGD maybe tomorrow. seriously i was so dissappointed by the memory boy, the repeats sound more digital then my echo park and the modulation is horrible. and every now and then it would, for lack of a better term, glitch and make a weird sound. moral of the story, unless he is willing to spend some big bucks digital is the way to go.
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EDIT: does anyone know any units that have the delay time displayed on a screen in this price range? (besides the Nova Delay, that's a little too pricey)

I think the DD20 is the cheapest delay that does that.
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how about the Wampler AnalogEcho, that's $200 and it's meant to be amazing. http://www.indy-guitarist.com/inc/sdetail/98
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Boss DD-3 or DD-7, depending if he wants the pedal to be more simple or more complex.

The DD-7 has the tap tempo function, which is a must-have for many people.
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Haven't played it myself, but a friend of mine really likes the Marshall Echohead, which is pretty cheap.
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I've heard horror stories about that things reliability.
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I've heard horror stories about that things reliability.


My Memory Boy has worked quite well so far and I use it daily.

Maybe a used DL4?
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Seriously, only one suggestion for a used DL4? it sounds perfect for this. If you can't find a DL4 for that cheap, you could still get an Echo Park at least.
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THe DL4 sounded about as good as the DD20 to me, but the buffer on the DL4 is atrocious and I've heard of a few too many breaking to recommend it.
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THe DL4 sounded about as good as the DD20 to me, but the buffer on the DL4 is atrocious and I've heard of a few too many breaking to recommend it.



this.

It also don't look as sturdily built as other boss stompboxes.
#21
I heard that only one batch of DL4 had reliabality issues and that the problem has been fixed
#22
I've heard that story for four years, and yet somehow they keep breaking. Either that was the biggest batch of delay pedals in the history of man, or it's not true.

This always happens with unreliable gear (Looking at you, bugera). People don't want to believe that they bought something that's not built as well as it could be, so as soon as the manufacturer says they've done something (or, just all on their own), they decide that there was one bad batch and that it's now perfectly reliable.
#23
so, he's narrowed it down to the Boss DD20 (mostly for the screen), the Vox Time Machine, and the TC Electronic Nova Repeater. he hasn't tested them, and i don't feel like testing them for him (but he's going on tuesday to test a bunch) so which between these 3 should be able to get him a very U2/Radiohead style delay, by that I mean very clear and bright, with the least decay? I'm liking that Nova Repeater quite a lot so far, and may even pick up the Nova Delay for myself
#24
Also consider the Tech 21 Boost DLA. It's meant to sound better than the Nova Repeater, which I've heard many claim to be 'sterile, cold, lifeless' - etc.

A used DL4 is still a nice option as you can get it modded for better switches, different paint, better buffer, etc (look into DRASP mods).
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so, he's narrowed it down to the Boss DD20 (mostly for the screen), the Vox Time Machine, and the TC Electronic Nova Repeater. he hasn't tested them, and i don't feel like testing them for him (but he's going on tuesday to test a bunch) so which between these 3 should be able to get him a very U2/Radiohead style delay, by that I mean very clear and bright, with the least decay? I'm liking that Nova Repeater quite a lot so far, and may even pick up the Nova Delay for myself


for the sound that your friend is trying to achieve i think the Nova repeater would be the best option