Part of the cost is the research and design as well as distribution.
I find that the homemade boards I have done over the years are a bit heavier. So, once you consider adding pedals to an already weighty msg project, it gets noticeable. I mean- each page of the amp sub forum usually has at...
In 2018 and 2019, I had about 6 different pedalboard setups per year.
Been on the same 4 pedal board since Feb ‘20. But I have only used it about 5 times due to only playing gigs with HX Stomp since COVID and that has been a stand alone DI setup as well.
The units are built as cheaply as possible, so it is Linder stand me to see a higher component failure rate. They could be built slightly more robust or with tighter part tolerances, but that would affect the production cost measurably.
Inflating prices to offset fees is never going to work.
inflating shipping fee with lower listing price rarely works.
My suggestion. Decide if you want the pedal. Determine how much you are willing to pay based on new MAP. Add reasonable shipping to the budget. Shop based on seller...
Where it comes to recording, there’s nothing wrong with having everything available as a plug in with DAW. I use a Line 6 HX Stomp for my direct/IEM work (which is nearly 95% of everything since March), but I also have the Helix Native in the event I need to record something g with a specialty...
Try playing music as source of income. You will quickly decide what can be sold in favor of what gear you truly need.
In the mindset of “I may need it,” that equates to you don’t need it right now- so... what are you waiting for?
An exercise I like is to play a set (live gig, session, etc) with...
Just because you a pedal, it doesn’t need to be on the pedalboard.
I agree a compressor is a good choice to add for bass. Have you considered a separate board dedicated to bass guitar use?
Also, I agree that starting with a proper robust power source is a best practice.
Remember Snarling Dogs?
where’s that Flux Capacitor delay?
I like a nice simple compressor with gain reduction meter that is useful- like my Aphex 1404.
Some of these posts in the thread are pretty amazing. Thanks for the post!