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Chinese EP Boost Copy on eBay

Discussion in 'Burnt Fingers DIY Effects' started by twintwelve, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. twintwelve

    twintwelve Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 13, 2010
    Beltsville, MD
  2. 13ontheB

    13ontheB Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2005
    North West England
    Seems inexpensive, not to much to loose if it turns out to be cr#p. and you can always list it back on ebay.
     
  3. luckett

    luckett Tele-Holic

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    Jun 14, 2011
    United States
    If you want an EP booster, buy an EP booster. If you want a cheap box that says EP booster on it without really knowing if it's an EP booster circuit, then buy that chinese thing. If you want a cheap box with an actual EP booster circuit inside, build yourself one.
     
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  5. Tronc the cube

    Tronc the cube Tele-Meister

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    Mar 18, 2013
    North Queensland
    Mine does something good, whether or not its the same as an ep booster I don't know.
     
  6. simonsp

    simonsp Friend of Leo's

    Jan 13, 2013
    England
    Isn't that just a bad forgery?
     
  7. TheSmokingMan

    TheSmokingMan Banned

    610
    Jan 7, 2011
    Belle Plaine, KS
    its most likely the ep boost in function anyways
     
  8. TeleTeebs

    TeleTeebs Banned

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Canada
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  9. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    ^
    Did you get it yet? I've got one of those on the way, too.
     
  10. poiureza

    poiureza Tele-Holic

    989
    Apr 19, 2012
    Belgium
    I've been looking at these too.

    If it's crap, the housing, pot, switch and jacks are worth it already ... :)
    I think I'm going to get one anyway.
     
  11. poiureza

    poiureza Tele-Holic

    989
    Apr 19, 2012
    Belgium
    Guess I'm gonna find out soon, I couldn't pass on a $15 deal :)
    In case, it will make a handy SD pickup booster enclosure as well.
     
  12. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2009
    Minnesota
    More like an inexpensive forgery.

    Like my Asian friend once told me, you can live like a King for month over there with $100. It says a lot about the rest of the world , but I ain't complainin'.
     
  13. soulman969

    soulman969 Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    Most of these clone Chinese pedals do a pretty good job of accuracy compared to the brand name versions. The Chinese are the acknowledged masters of reverse engineering so once they can take a peek at what's inside it's not awfully hard to reproduce it.

    I can't believe it's very difficult to buy the needed components and then have a labor force that costs a fraction of what minimum wage US workers make them and sell them profitably for a fraction of what these boutique jobs cost. They also don't spend the huge sums of money the boutique guys spend promoting their stuff either.

    Are there quality difference? Some, but not enough to justify 4x to 5x the cost and sometimes more. If EHX can clone the Klon and sell it for $60 and change street price then $40 for an OCD or Sweet Honey clone isn't too unbelievable either.

    In the two to two and half years I've been playing some of mine I haven't had any problems with them and even if I did for $35-$40 I can buy another and still be dollars ahead of the brand name version. Based on my experience with them I have no reason to put them down.
     
  14. TeleTeebs

    TeleTeebs Banned

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Canada
    still waiting on mine
     
  15. czech-one-2

    czech-one-2 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2008
    Prague
    Anybody try one yet? I'm becoming a fan of MIC pedals, haven't had a problem with any of them. Caline is putting out some great clones, fulldrive 2,timmy,plexitone and mad professor delay. I'd like to hear some thoughts on the EP booster, but it looks like they've already raised the price? :neutral:
     
  16. poiureza

    poiureza Tele-Holic

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    Apr 19, 2012
    Belgium
    It's really fascinating to watch how they set the pricing.
    They usually test the waters with a couple auctions starting at $1, then you see BIN items pop up with different price levels and some time after the street price becomes the highest price people were willing to pay.

    And this scheme happens with most everything like e.g. pairs of Si transistors listed @ $2 $3 $4 and $5 until ask/bid settles on a given price.
    I see countless other MIC items selling this way on eBay
     
  17. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2009
    Minnesota
    which one is the Timmy?

    They also have the Xotic BB clone called Orange Burst (IIRC)
     
  18. czech-one-2

    czech-one-2 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2008
    Prague
  19. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    I got the one from the 2nd ebay link, it arrived today. First impressions are pretty good. At a later time I will A/B it with my Atomic Brain Nocturne pedal, which is kind of pointless since the Nocturne uses the Roland Space Echo preamp circuit, while the one I just got purports to use the Echoplex circuit. But it does sound nice and at the low price I paid I will not be afraid to gig it.
     
  20. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2009
    Minnesota
    I planned on building one of these for fun, but at those prices there is no point. It's unfortunate the Xotic EP boost (and this clone) mentions the EP-3 because it has nothing in common with it. That doesn't make it bad at all, or not useful, just a little irritating in that they (should) know better to say it is something that it is not. It just doesn't reflect well on their brand, but that's their game.
     
  21. luckett

    luckett Tele-Holic

    897
    Jun 14, 2011
    United States
    The EP boost doesn't sound anything like the EP3 circuit either.
     
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