NPD - rowin dumbler

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  1. dlew919

    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just arrived. So cheap couldn’t resist.
    Anyone have one? What are your thoughts? image.jpg
     
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    I had it, the Tomsline Dumbler, and the Joyo Tai-Chi, and now I have the Caline Mellow Drive, which is my favorite cheap Zendrive style pedal, and sounds better than the others I've tried, IMO
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    I have loved my rinzai drive for years.... it is a really good zendrive.
     
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    I found that my Tom's Line Dumbler had a certain blatty-ness* in the lower frequencies when the voice control was rolled down below 12:00. So I had to run the pedal with the voice control up to the point where it sounded like a tube screamer, so I figured what's the point - I already have a couple of pedals that have plenty of mid-range and low freq roll-off. I've been tempted to try some of the other cheaper offerings - I'm especially interested in that Caline number...

    *yes, that's a real term that pros like me use :rolleyes:
     
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    I have the Tom's Line version of the Dumbler as well and I never really liked it. I could never seem to get it dialed in that well, maybe it was the "blatty-ness" that @Frontier9 mentioned.

    I have a hand wired Zen Drive clone I bought on EBay from a basement builder that was better, more even sounding, but still not the pedal overdrive sound I was looking for.
     
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    Plugged it in today. I get what you mean about the blat but I turned the voice knob up and the tone knob up both to about 2 o’clock and that tightened it up a bit.

    first impressions are very favourable.
     
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    Had a Tomsline Dumbler which was nice but slightly rough, a perfect lead drive into a Timmy for certain gigs.

    I bought a One Control Golden Acorn later, similar pedal but far more refined. And 4x or 5x the price.
     
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    Frontier9 Friend of Leo's

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    That's about where I ran it. After a while I realized that it sounded very close to my Bad Monkey, so I really didn't see any point in keeping it in my pedal chain.
     
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    The Bad Monkey is really under-rated. Such a great price for something that sounds so good.
     
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