Originally Posted by Briggs
Have you checked that the Klone was built with buffered bypass and not true bypass?
Some Klone builders are clearly going to eliminate the buffered bypass to simplify the build, and because they are probably so used to wiring up the 3PDT a standard way.
The KC uses op amp buffering, which allows for "true unity gain." And since a buffer basically isolates what becomes before and after it (as far as controlling the "integrity" of the signal), any "loading" issues are essentially removed.
Also, what kind of delay pedal was it? Lots of mass produced ones run buffered bypass and re-direct/mix the delay signal in with the dry one. Same thing for trems and other stuff. I'm mainly referring to Boss pedals and such, but there are obviously others.
...But if it is a TBP delay, it still will need the equivalent of buffering or typically a pre stage or two before it hits the delay part of the circuit. And the mix/level control usually requires that there be basically the equivalent of an output buffer when your dry and effected signals are summed back together again. If a delay can't achieve unity gain (whether it's over or under), it is obviously a bit of a problem in most instances.