#1
and I have no idea how there different and what's better,

there's the memory man deluxe with the delay and extra modulation as chorus.
and there's the memory man with chorus and the echo,
and the small clone and the polychorus.

what's the damn difference and why should or shouldn't I just buy a small clone and a delay pedal without any extra crap?
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#2
From my experience, buying the individual effects and then combining them seems to work better for me. Others that have experience with the combo pedals like that may know more, but I have a small clone that I combine with a DD-3 and thats a cool sound.
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#3
The Deluxe Memory Man, even without the chorus and vibrato, is a heavenly echo/delay pedal.
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#4
They're all great.
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