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Pedal board case

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Apr 01, 2010 6:50 AM GMT

Was getting annoyed with pedal setup and breakdown time at jams. Too much stress.

So I did something about it! Finally found a candidate cheap, rugged case that with some clever touches would house my three pedals, power sources and cables. Now it's just a matter of seconds to set up.

Check out my "pedal board case" photos in my profile.

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

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Apr 01, 2010 11:55 AM GMT
Chris C Replied:

What power supply is that? I just made a pedal board myself but I have not worked out power yet. A daisey chain power cord will not do as I have a pre-amp as well as pedals.

Apr 01, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

nice, do you actually use the stomp buttons? the outboard approach seems poorly suited to that. my sonic stomps is always on, but i do stomp on my lone wolf octave.

very efficient design and cost is right.

i just purchased the gator powered pedal board from musicians friend. It works well, has room for my mic case, a nice little multi-tap power transformer under, and a pocket for my cords..

Apr 01, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
Chris C Replied:

I like the Gator Pedal Tote. Thanks.

Apr 01, 2010 6:00 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Chris - it's a 4 plug heavy duty free-bie power bar I scavenged from work. I bolted it into the case so it ain't gonna move. On the left is a Godlyke 9-volt daisy chain to power the BBE and Echo Park (cut down to 3 plugs). The Harp Commander is 24V so I can't use the daisy chain (unless I got a power boost unit). I broke the original small 24v wall wort and haven't gotten around to ordering a replacement from Holmes Engineering so all I could find was that huge white 16/24V thing. I connect it with a 6 inch extention cord thing I got. (They let you use all the recepticals on a power bar) Planning on replacing that part.

Walter - I don't usually turn the stomp on/off for the Echo Park once I set the beat rate. I leave it on tape slap echo, just tweak the repeats and time. It's no problem to adjust the beat by hand if needed. It's solidly on the bottom of the case. I leave the BBE on always and occassionally adjust compression on the HC. Mostly use my hands on the mic to shape tone.

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

Apr 01, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

This is the original Harp Commander I. It uses a 24V source. Never saw any options in the manuals, though you are correct that later models and the jr. will run on anything from 12V - 24V.

I bought it slightly used off a guy in California many years ago now. It could be a very early one. Don't know. Haven't opened it up to see if there are any serial numbers inside.

I've been thinking of sending back it in to Ron for an upgrade and have him send back a new 24V transformer with it when he's done. I've read he can bring it up to close to model II specs for a reasonable cost.

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

Apr 02, 2010 1:28 AM GMT
HTrain Replied:

I'm so glad to see this topic because I'm asking whether or not I should bother for 3 pedals. I'm after a more efficient (quick and dirty) set up for the jam where it's a 20 - 25 minute set. Is it working for you and was it worth the trouble?? Thanks

Apr 02, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
HTrain Replied:

Checked out the photos and man - that is a sweet looking set up. And it looks like its a "wham bam thank you mam" set up for gigs. Got me thinking!! Thanks

Apr 03, 2010 7:52 PM GMT
John P Replied:

At the suggestion of a guitar player friend of mine, i mounted all my pedals on a Pedaltrain Mini, and I power them with a VisualSound One Spot. Incredibly convenient, secure, fast and easy to set up, tear down and carry. Relatively small footprint onstage, too. Couldn't be more pleased.

Apr 04, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
Joe L Replied:

Effects pedals seem like a royal pain in the ass at a jam.

Apr 04, 2010 6:51 PM GMT
HTrain Replied:

Royal pain in the ass when it takes forever to set up but if it gives you what you want then why not IF ...... The difference (for me) in tone when I use my amp vs going through the PA is night and day with comments from the others on stage and in the crowd confirming that. I really like the potential "plug and play" of a pedal board that is ready to go. If I can set up and be ready to play in under 4 minutes, I'm going to be ahead of most of the guitar players.

Given that jams are the only time I get to play with others, I'm going to do what is fun for me as long as it doesn't get in the way of others. Thanks for this thread and comments. It has helped me come to some conclusions!!

Apr 05, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
Chris C Replied:

I think it is so true that just before a jam or gig when setting up you are not thinking as straight as you do when working things out at home. I play keys, sax and harp in three differnt bands and so the setup is some times a nightmare. I have learnt to keep things simple. That means an effects board for harp. The less you have to worry about the better. Also if other members can see a board they are more likely to give you the space you need. I hate when you turn up and Guitar Drums and Bass have taken all the space already.

Apr 06, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
John P Replied:

I tend to use my pedal board more for gigs than jams, but it is REALLY easy to carry and set up. Certainly much faster and easier than if the pedals were not mounted on the pedalboard.

Another practical aspect of using a board is that you are much less likely to kick a connection loose since everything is fixed in place.

I used to be a big proponent of the philosophy that the more gear you have, the more probelms you have. BUT, my Pedaltrain Mini is so secure and reliable I can carry and use a palette of effects with no problems or aggravation whatsoever. And set up is REALLY quick and easy. No worries.

Apr 06, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Pedaltrain Mini will NOT mount a power supply underneath. BUT, Pedaltrain Jr. will.

Apr 06, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Harpaholic, if it's only $35 for an HC upgrade I think I'll give that a go. Get a proper small transformer from Ron while I'm at it and then I can drop the bulky big transformer and the mini extention. Then I just open up the case, swing out the trays, plug in two transformers to the power bar, plug in external power, amp and mic cord and I'm ready.

Yes you are correct about the MB. I think it's a very early 30's though as it came in a box more like the 20's box example (but in much better shape) with the San Francisco Exhibition 1915 stuff. I had another mouse-ears MB that seemed more late early 30's as it had different sized ears and the 30's box. I passed it on to a harp buddy.

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

Apr 07, 2010 5:14 PM GMT
HTrain Replied:

Thanks for your comments here guys!! Got my Gator board ordered!!! So hopefully no fuss, no muss!!

Apr 07, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

So HTrain, did you go for the flames, black or camo? (Probably a better indication of personality than Buddha's personality quizz over on MBH. Sort of like the urinals at the Princeton Hotel. There's three of them in the men's all staggered at different heights from low to high-ish. If you go in on your own, which one you pick sort of indicates how you're feeling. Top dog or slug. Except for the time all three were filled with puke. It can be that kind of bar.)

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

Apr 08, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
HTrain Replied:

Even though I'm not from New Zealand, I am an "all black" and leave the flames to my grandson's bike helmet. Looks like a pretty cool rig and with the power adapter built in, it should save a lot of hassle!! I'll let you know.

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