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Post by MindMachine » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:06 pm

Wondering if there are any cheap ass pedals out there that cost $50 USD or less? New pedals. Can find a lot of used ones, but the wife wants to score for me for the holidays and anything used may disappear before she hops on it.

I have the plastic clones of discontinued Boss pedals that Behringer made: Spectrum x2, Dimension Chorus CC300 Dimension Chorus x2, VD400 delay x2. I have or had a bunch of EH pedals: Screaming Bird, LPB-1, Mole.

I have or had Joyo AC Tone, California Tone and Vintage OD.

Are there any TC or other makers that are very good for that price? Mostly looking for odd birds and not standard distortions, phasers or flangers.

Just thought it might be a fun exercise.
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Post by Revok » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:34 pm

Mooer has some weird ones. No clue about the build quality but the demos look interesting. I think you have to order them through AliExpress or elsewhere after EHX sued them for copying the POG code.

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Post by MindMachine » Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:41 pm

Revok wrote:Mooer has some weird ones. No clue about the build quality but the demos look interesting. I think you have to order them through AliExpress or elsewhere after EHX sued them for copying the POG code.
I'll have to research that. With Behringer, the only ones I bought were discontinued by Boss 25-30 years prior. Not too keen on theft in such a small world. But yeah the Mooer line looks pretty deep.
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Post by Chrome Dinette » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:05 am

I don't know if they're still made, but the Danelectro Fab Metal and Fab Distortion sound awesome, as does the French Toast (a Foxx Fuzz Tone clone).

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Post by Jason Brock » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:57 am

MindMachine wrote:I have the plastic clones of discontinued Boss pedals that Behringer made: Spectrum x2, Dimension Chorus CC300 Dimension Chorus x2, VD400 delay x2.
Also worth checking out is the Behringer SF300, a clone of the Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz. I have a handful of other very nice fuzz pedals, but the SF300 is still a great sounding addition. It has a certain voice that I don't get from my others, particularly in the "Fuzz 1" switch setting.

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Post by hdd » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:40 am

The TC analog armada series look pretty pretty cool for the price bu tpretty classic.
I consider buying the choka tremolo.

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Post by fac » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:48 am

Jason Brock wrote:
MindMachine wrote:I have the plastic clones of discontinued Boss pedals that Behringer made: Spectrum x2, Dimension Chorus CC300 Dimension Chorus x2, VD400 delay x2.
Also worth checking out is the Behringer SF300, a clone of the Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz. I have a handful of other very nice fuzz pedals, but the SF300 is still a great sounding addition. It has a certain voice that I don't get from my others, particularly in the "Fuzz 1" switch setting.
+1 on the SF-300. I bought one a few weeks ago and I'm really liking it (for bass).

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Post by depth20 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:50 pm

Got one of these from a friend for watering his plants. Modded it with a vactrol to have cv control over the delay time. Use it a lot!

$29!!

https://www.cheaperpedals.com/products/ ... elay-pedal

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Post by paperCUT » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:24 pm

fac wrote:
Jason Brock wrote:
MindMachine wrote:I have the plastic clones of discontinued Boss pedals that Behringer made: Spectrum x2, Dimension Chorus CC300 Dimension Chorus x2, VD400 delay x2.
Also worth checking out is the Behringer SF300, a clone of the Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz. I have a handful of other very nice fuzz pedals, but the SF300 is still a great sounding addition. It has a certain voice that I don't get from my others, particularly in the "Fuzz 1" switch setting.
+1 on the SF-300. I bought one a few weeks ago and I'm really liking it (for bass).
Also check out the UM300 for the same price, it gets a lot of shit but really nice mixed with dry signals.

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Post by Buckage » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:37 pm

The Danelectro French Toast is an inexpensive and awesome octave fuzz. Josh from JHS Pedals has a few good youtube posts about inexpensive pedals. Recently he was talking about Deadbeat pedals which are pretty inexpensive.


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Post by Severed head » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:52 pm

im not sure if there and any odd balls but this brand called
"BiYang" are a Chinese company that makes an actually pretty decent quality pedal for fairly cheap.

and from reading some Chinese language info, with the lack of care for repercussions over found out some are straight rip offs of some of the more widely distro'd pedals that made there way to PRC a while ago. and just made with SMD. rather than TH that why would've been originally made with.

I have a
delay thats 40$ and it sounds just as good as any boss or DoD, or any pedal in that range.

a fuzz that has a 3way
and one of the settings I had a buddy play in another room and Is exact to a black/silver/red big muff from the 90's
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Post by GuyaGuy » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:46 pm

Revok wrote:Mooer has some weird ones. No clue about the build quality but the demos look interesting. I think you have to order them through AliExpress or elsewhere after EHX sued them for copying the POG code.
Their RAT clone (Black Secret) and OCD clone (Hustle Drive) plus a DMM were my main pedal line for a long time. Just chucked them in my gig bag and never had a problem with them. They're still available from GC, MF, etc--just not the POG clone.

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Post by p.j. » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:50 am

The Hotone Krush costs around 50 dollars and is a great bit crusher. It is also tiny.[/img]

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Post by fac » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:08 am

p.j. wrote:The Hotone Krush costs around 50 dollars and is a great bit crusher. It is also tiny.[/img]
Oooh nice. I want a bit crusher. Thought about the Geiger Counter but it's too much for my needs (I already have the eurorack one).

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Post by paperCUT » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:23 pm

Am about to grab one of these: https://www.thomann.de/gb/behringer_vto ... preamp.htm

I thought it would be some cheap dsp but the full schematic shows it's a clone of the SansAmp GT2 http://guitar-fx-layouts.42897.x6.nabbl ... 39890.html. Literally paid more for drinks at lunch today :hihi:

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Post by GuyaGuy » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:48 pm

paperCUT wrote:Am about to grab one of these: https://www.thomann.de/gb/behringer_vto ... preamp.htm

I thought it would be some cheap dsp but the full schematic shows it's a clone of the SansAmp GT2 http://guitar-fx-layouts.42897.x6.nabbl ... 39890.html. Literally paid more for drinks at lunch today :hihi:
I have the amp version of that and it's nice to have for practice.

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Post by MindMachine » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:30 am

depth20 wrote:Got one of these from a friend for watering his plants. Modded it with a vactrol to have cv control over the delay time. Use it a lot!

$29!!

https://www.cheaperpedals.com/products/ ... elay-pedal
If the original is still in production I would rather buy from the inventor/designer.
p.j. wrote:The Hotone Krush costs around 50 dollars and is a great bit crusher. It is also tiny.[/img]
Had my eyes on that guy. I have two Red Panda Particles... but such a deal.
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Post by L13 » Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:51 pm

did i miss it somewhere in this thread?

all roads lead to JOYO and this website

https://www.cheaperpedals.com/collections/joyo-pedals

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Post by smetak » Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:00 pm

Check out this guy's channel - he's done a bunch of videos solely regarding cheap chinese pedals - things that cost as low as US$20 new (!!!)


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Post by MindMachine » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:41 pm

smetak wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:00 pm
Check out this guy's channel - he's done a bunch of videos solely regarding cheap chinese pedals - things that cost as low as US$20 new (!!!)


smetak = guru.
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Post by commodorejohn » Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:20 pm

Yeah, you can do a lot with $30 bits from Joyo and Caline. If nothing else, it's a cheap way to figure out what you're really looking for in FX before you go digging into fancier, more expensive alternatives.
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Post by delay dude » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:37 am

The nux tape core deluxe is a great space echo 201 pedal in a box. You can even tweak your sound with an app. And it´s pretty cheap.

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Post by controlFreak » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:48 am

I've actually been impressed with the build quality of these $40 pedals like hotone.

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Post by Rex Coil 7 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:20 am

I have four of those Hotone units, and my wife has one of them. They came to an average cost of $36.00 each. If ever needed putting one of them in a tube sock would produce an excellent improvised defensive weapon .... those things could take getting run over by a semi truck.
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Post by Bartimaeus » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:26 pm

you find a ton of old dod and arion pedals floating around really cheap. one of those old dod filter pedals could be a lot of fun. or their old delay/sampler pedals, which were some of the first digital delay pedals.

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