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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by dlew919, May 24, 2021.
Just arrived. So cheap couldn’t resist.
Anyone have one? What are your thoughts?
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
I have loved my rinzai drive for years.... it is a really good zendrive.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bad Monkey is really under-rated. Such a great price for something that sounds so good.