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Guest Tam o' Shantie

Ok, I'd like to start getting my hands on a few pedals of the noisy variety...what are the best boxes one can pick up for around 30 pounds or less either new or 2nd hand?

Big Muff seems like a must, and I fancy some sort of pitch shifter, octave pedal, delay/loop etc.

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All my instincts tell me that this would be an utter piece of shit, but with a delay and pitch shifter in one at 20 quid new, how can I resist it?!

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Behringer pedals are plastic and therefore not 'nails'.

Furthermore multi effects pedals are shite. End of discussion.

why you'd make yourself look so wrong, i just don't know.

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Guest Tam o' Shantie

but it has a pitch shifter! how can that go wrong? would it detune, or something?

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but it has a pitch shifter! how can that go wrong? would it detune, or something?

it'll probably just fall apart in a week or two. in fairness though, i've no experience of the actual stombox pedals they make, just things like the 'v-amp' pod style units, and the actual amplifiers they stick them in ('v-ampires' or something...).

it's 20 new though so even if it sounds shit, as long as it works i guess you get your moneys worth.

i once got a boss delay/pitch shifter called an RPS-10 for less than 30 quid. looks like an ancient sci-fi film prop. no idea how it sounds, because i neglected to acquire a power supply for it. think its sitting in a cupboard somewhere...

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but it has a pitch shifter! how can that go wrong? would it detune, or something?

Think its just the general quality of the pedals sound that wouldnt be good.

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All my instincts tell me that this would be an utter piece of shit

Go with your instincts, my young Padowan apprentice.

You can pick up most Boss pedals 2nd hand for 30 and the Digitech range is pretty ok at that price.

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Guest Tam o' Shantie

we're now 10 posts in without a single suggestion...cmon dudes

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Weeeeellll..........I got a cheapo chorus pedal from cash convertors a couple of months ago. They had a big batch of unnamed made in china things. It's cased in weighty metal (they must've had some tank armour-plating left over!). It'll probably stop working in the near future, but so far it has done the job no problem. However this has been home-studio use only. I think it was about 20 quid.

Another very cheap one I got, and like a lot, is a Danelectro tremolo ('Tuna Melt'). It is a cheap plastic casing, so will no doubt explode on being stamped hard, but again it does the job well. I have used it live a few times too. I'm not sure how much they are...I got mine in NYC for about 16 quid. Wish I'd bought a few others while I was at it.

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we're now 10 posts in without a single suggestion...cmon dudes

what did you expect? you're not going to be able to dial up that killer tone with a cheap pedal.

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I've had a beringher pedal for a few months and had no problems whatsoever (which was surprising after reading a number of pants reviews about the quality of their build), I'd easilly buy a heap more at a third of the price of a boss one. Providing that you're not going to go jumping full-force on the thing, you should get your money out of a plastic pedal.

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Guest Tam o' Shantie
I thought I had made one?

well, a suggestion on what not to get which was helpful, but still nobody has said "the X pedal by manufacturer Y is really good effect Z pedal and only costs 40 quid new, so you should be able to pick one up for around 20 odd quid"

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Furthermore multi effects pedals are shite. End of discussion.

Spot on, I've yet to hear a good one.

I can't really think of a decent stomp box for around 30, for that price you are paying for shite tone and terrible build quality.

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Yeah, if you're shopping on a budget most of the single function Boss pedals are value for money second hand and will most probably outlast that Behringer pedal.

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I've got a behinger delay, and reverb pedal. They serve my purposes perfectly, as they add a certain quality to the vocals/contact mics I run with them, but probably not preferable if you want a clear output, they do degrade the signal pretty badly in my experiance.

Ebay is the best bet for cheap higher end pedals, as has already been stated.

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well, a suggestion on what not to get which was helpful, but still nobody has said "the X pedal by manufacturer Y is really good effect Z pedal and only costs 40 quid new, so you should be able to pick one up for around 20 odd quid"

Awright then - the Digitech "Bad Monkey", "Screamin' Blues", "Death Metal" & "Hot Head" pedals are decent sounding and solidly built - 25-30 each should net you good examples on eBay.

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Guest Tam o' Shantie

thanks for the help dudes, i cant wait to try out some of these bad boys (but will have to!)

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not shite in the slightest.

Aye but that's 900 worth of equipment not really comparable to the 20-30 pedals we're talking about. You'd kind of expect it to be good for that money.

But having said that, i haven't seen or heard of that thing so it still might be shite compared to individual effects processors that are of a similar quality/ price range.

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