Are volume pedals overpriced??? Or, is it just me?

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  1. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don't know whether pedals are overpriced. But most of them seem damned expensive to me. I have good amps that cost less than some mainstream pedals.
     
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    Years ago got a george dennis PANORAMA-STEREO-VOLUME pedal off ebay, only bidder for $10. It needed a tad bit of tensioning of the screws and has worked like a charm.
     
  3. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    Let me know how you like that one. With that short of a treadle I would be worried about the precision of control available. Also, not too sure about having a 500k pot in that one.

    Also, where did you find it new for $50? :eek:
     
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    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I don’t know much about pots. Mine will sit after a buffer if that matters.

    And I’m not very picky about “throw”. Just need some to fade parts in and out a bit. I’ve played lap steel without one plenty. But I figure for the record It’ll be a nice touch.
     
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    If you haven't already pulled the trigger, may want to take a look at the reviews on Reverb.
     
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    Fender makes a solid aluminum body VP for $75. It has a treble bleed built in so no loss of highs as you turn it down. It has a short sweep though, not as conducive to controlled swells.
     
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    I've had the full-size EB for twenty years or so. I had to have the string and pot replaced last year. Reasonable, I think.

    I really wanted to like the Boss smaller volume pedal, but the sweep drove me nuts.

    Next to a tuner, a VP is the most essential thing for me. I would happily pay £150 for a pro- quality one which had a good sweep didn't & mess with the signal. I have heard that Lehle are working on a smaller version of theirs...
     
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    I have been using the same Morley volume pedal for over 20 years now. I don't remember how much it cost when I bought it but even if it was a lot it has been worth it.
     
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    Volume pedals seem overpriced because they're not all that exciting but if you want/need one you can pick up the Boss FV50s for an okay price S/H. I have a couple of them and they do the job just fine. I guess the price is kind of locked up in the housing rather than the volume pot (or circuit) itself.
     
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    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    You can get simple passive volumes pedals for <$100 from most of the Chinese mini companies like Donner, Mooer, etc.
     
  11. beninma

    beninma Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    When I've looked it seems like Volume/Wah/Expression pedals that get used every night by gigging pros break constantly if you read about experiences... hence the market for bombproof/overbuilt/expensive ones and guys/shops doing modifications to them to try and make them even more bombproof.
     
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    I picked up a broken Dunlop pedal on the cheap, and fixed it up. That thing seems really over-engineered. Kapton tape mechanism to turn the pot seemed insane. While I waited for the replacement part I used a shoe string (literally) and some superglue and it worked well enough in the interim.

    Yes, they are overpriced. But you’re paying for the enclosure more than anything ime.
     
  13. MilwMark

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    @E5RSY - Mine arrived. Sweep is long and great. Don't know if it will last but for $50 it's a winner so far. I've long been an EBjr guy. Best sweep IMO. But they are so big and heavy I just don't want to deal with it. This is the first one I've tried that has a sweep that compares.
     
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  14. twangjeff

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    A volume pedal is cheap. Most of the high end volume pedals are a volume pedal with a built in buffer to prevent the loss of high end. If you don't like the idea of forking out a bunch of dough, you can do like I did and get a cheapie Ernie Ball volume pedal ($50 used all day long), then if you don't dig it, you can have somebody build a buffer circuit in (JHS, etc.). With that you are probably less than a hundo into it, and you essentially have the guts of the fancy volume pedal.
     
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