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Looking for a Leslie Rotary Pedal

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Vanzant, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Hey folks, I am in the market for a Leslie/Rotary Pedal. I have looked at some of the reviews online for the some of the usual suspects, but thought I would see what everyone here recommends

    I currently have a Chorus pedal and a Tremolo pedal, but thought I would try something Leslie specific.

    I have also considered the Keeley Dark Side or Monterey, but they seem like stand alone pedals, but seem cool nonetheless....

    Anyhow, I am just suffering from GAS, and looking for a new pedal to play with...what would you choose and why?

    Ohh YEah, The Ventilator II just seems too expensive...but maybe I can be convinced...not sure.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Gin Mill Cowboy

    Gin Mill Cowboy Tele-Meister

    Apr 5, 2014
    New Jersey
    Bearfoot Mintgreen mini vibe is nice.
  3. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    On the cheap, the Donner Alchemy has a good leslie/rotary effect. I bought one a couple years back on a whim and lo and behold, it's not leaving the board. Trem, Vibe, Chorus, Rotary, Flanger, Phasor and some other things. $39. Not sure if they sell it any more, but there is one that looks identical, NUX, probably just changed the name and maybe the company
  4. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    The Ventilator II is excellent, but you're right--pricey.

    Please read the next statement with a grain of salt...

    For the money, the Boss RT20 Rotary Ensemble is a really good pedal.

    There a better pedals out there, but for the money, it's very good. People criticize it because it's digital, or because it's Boss (admittedly, not my favorite brand, either), but I tried close to a dozen different devices, and for the money, there wasn't anything better on the market at the time.

    It's good enough that I haven't looked for a better device since I bought it about ten years ago.
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  5. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

    May 1, 2017
    Denver, CO
    My Donner chorus gets kinda close, so I'd +1 something in the uni-vibe regime from Donner. It'll be under $40 so can it be a bad place to start? (no, it can't)
  6. Bulldoggio

    Bulldoggio TDPRI Member

    Nov 5, 2015
    Mid South
    The ones I've tried are the Strymon Lex, which is excellent, and the Leslie , which I like even better.
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  7. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    The Ventilator sounds great on youtube demos, but $$$
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  8. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    The ones that I have been looking at and keep coming back to the demos are:

    Stryman Lex
    Pigtronix Rototron
    Neo Vent II (but the price is brutal)
    EH Lester G
    Leslie and Leslie G

    I like the idea of being able to use an expression pedal with it...

    Thanks for the recommendations though! Keep em coming!
  9. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Yeah it does, but $450!!
  10. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    All good, but pricey.

    I guess it depends on your budget and the number of songs you'd be using the effect on...
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  11. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I've got cheaper amps than that!
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  12. Thin white duke

    Thin white duke Tele-Holic

    Oct 1, 2017
    You may consider the zoom ms 70 cdr, i know it's a multieffect but the price is excellent and you can have many other effects, it's got leslie and also a very nice vibrato that gives you a leslie effect, i use more the vibrato than the leslie to get the leslie sound actually.

    Of course there are better ones, but to remain under 100 euro you can also check the nux mode core, the hotone roto, line 6 rotary machine, nux roctary, also a classic used by Landau and Henderson, arion sch-z.
  13. irie

    irie Tele-Holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    The ventilator is the best I have heard, the mini ventilator is another great option for a bit less. They are built really well just look for a used one.
  14. kafka

    kafka Tele-Holic

    Oct 18, 2013
    I went with the Strymon Lex. I find it to be really enjoyable to play, especially with an expression pedal on the rotor speed, which I think is the key on any rotor. I haven't tried any others, and I don't really feel the need to.
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  15. Tezuka27

    Tezuka27 Tele-Holic

    Apr 11, 2011
    Eastern Iowa
    I ended up going with the Boss RT 20 and love the thing. It more than takes care of all me Leslie needs.

    Currently retails at around $220 new and $175-$190 used. None of the reviews show it, but when you take the time to dial things in, you can get some nice subtle leslie effects.

  16. richiek65

    richiek65 Tele-Afflicted

    NuX Roctary
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  17. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    I have a first-gen Neo Vent. It does nail the Leslie sound, right down to that "grind" you get when there's a bit of drive on the low speed setting, and most Leslie sims don't get that tone quite right to my ear.
    The only other pedal I've heard that gets it is the EHX Lester, specifically the Lester K. It's only $150 and would be the one I'd get if my Vent was stolen and save $300. The G and K are meant for guitar and keyboard, but you can use them either-or. I like the K because of the speaker sim.
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  18. RCinMempho

    RCinMempho Friend of Leo's

    Jul 8, 2003
    Maryville, TN
    I have an old Line 6 tone core roto-machine that is just fine. You can set low and fast speeds and the ramp rate and a lite foot touch triggers the ramping. It has a gain control to give you some grit if you like.

    If you want to do the organ thing, this will get you there.
  19. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Friend of Leo's

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
  20. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Friend of Leo's

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
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