Sanpera I review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (12 votes)
Peavey: Sanpera I
4

Price paid: $ 100

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 8
There isn't much here to discuss as far as sound. However the things I can discuss include: Volume control - the range on the volume is great to be honest. It has a full sweep, unlike my Boss FV-50H volume pedal which costs the same as the footswitch itself if purchased new. Wah - I was actually suprised with the wah. It had a better sweep than I expected. Sounds great with cleans, and good with distortion, however like most wahs, the wah stands out less and less the higher you are on the fretboard. Looper - the looper is a great feature to be honest. Whether it is to record a small part of a song such as a rhythm and play the lead over it, improvising, or creating a solo over a chord progression. The above three are satisfactory, seeing the footswitch was only $100.

Overall Impression — 9
This footswitch is a must if you are a Peavey Vypyr owner (30W version and up of course). It has all the features you would need in a footswitch, plus more. This pedal was compared to a Sanpera II footswitch. In my honest opinion, the Sanpera II wasn't worth the money. It has a seperate volume which is convient, but it has a lot of storage space for user presets, which is something I don't need. However, I am not everyone so I suggest you try both out and see what fits your needs. Other than the hour or two it takes to get the hang of the footswitch, it's built to last, has a good sweep on both the volume and the wah, a looper, no batteries required, and it's convient. Definately check this out if you have a Vypyr.

Reliability & Durability — 9
The pedal has a "Cast Aluminum Construction and Rugged Switches" as Peavey States. Which, it does. The pedal is really sturdy, no worries if takes a tumble. Honestly, the weakest thing on the footswitch in my eyes is the Expression pedal, but all-in-all it seems like it will hold up. The pedal gets it's power from the amp itself, which means no batteries required, a win-win for gigging if one would choose this amp to gig with.

Ease of Use — 6
The Peavey Sanpera I is one of the two footswitches compatable with the Peavey Vypyr amps (30W version and up). It has four switches, along with an expression pedal. There are two modes: Main and Aux. Both modes allow you to Switch between your 3 banks, and your 4 channels within each bank. Switch 1 being channel one, Switch 2 being channel two, ect. ect. You can switch between the four channels of the bank simply by pressing one of the switches. To switch banks, you simply press 1 & 2 at the same time to enter bank select mode and then buttons 1, 2, or 3 for banks A, B, or C. The looper (which has about 30 seconds of loop time) can be activated by pressing buttons 3 & 4 at the same time. Within the looper, button 1 becomes "Stompbox" which allows you to turn on/off your stomp box effect, and button 2 becomes "Delay" which allows you to turn on and off your delay. Button 3 starts recording the loop as well as play it, and button 4 stops the loop or deletes it if pressed down for a few seconds. To Switch between "Main" and "Aux" you have to press down the expression pedal as you would a wah. However, it can be really difficult without taking off the bottom plate and unscrewing a screw located under the rocker which makes for less pressure required to switch modes. You will most likely have to slap it hard with your foot or by stomping on it. When in "Aux" Mode, the expression acts as a wah, unless your pitch-shifter effect is on, then it controls the pitch. When in "Main" mode, the expression pedal acts as a Volume control. In conclusion, there is a lot of features on this footswitch which can be really difficult to get the hang of for some people, and the amount of force required to switch between modes without doing the mod stated above, this isn't the most "basic" of footswitches.

5 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Ali-b912
    b4t3man wrote: IROn 5L1nKY wrote: I have a friend who's got his mind set on getting the Sanpera II, but I keep telling him that just because it's more expensive doesn't mean it's better. Does anyone else have any suggestions for what I can tell him? Is the 2nd board really that much better? It has an extra pedal which is nice. Plus an extra 400 presets which he may need...
    The Sanpera II gives you control over the 2nd effects set, as well as seperate bank controls, tap tempo, reverb and manual mode (whatever that is). I'd say it's better, but whether it's worth it is another story. The prices for them both are insane in Australia.
    MossyMan
    I think its difficult to really review the Sanpera pedals; they mainly just give you control over amp settings, and switch between presets which are stored in the amp. So scoring between 1 and 10 is hard really, using the 4 criteria of sound etc
    Oosh.
    It looks like a really nice addition to the Vypyr amps with the looper and expression pedal, i wish there was one compatible with the Valveking.
    IROn 5L1nKY
    I have a friend who's got his mind set on getting the Sanpera II, but I keep telling him that just because it's more expensive doesn't mean it's better. Does anyone else have any suggestions for what I can tell him? Is the 2nd board really that much better?
    b4t3man
    IROn 5L1nKY wrote: I have a friend who's got his mind set on getting the Sanpera II, but I keep telling him that just because it's more expensive doesn't mean it's better. Does anyone else have any suggestions for what I can tell him? Is the 2nd board really that much better?
    It has an extra pedal which is nice. Plus an extra 400 presets which he may need...