A/B boxes...$50-$300...what's the difference?

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  1. radvra

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    I am looking for an A/B box where I can run 2 amps...either individually or in tandem. I use an VOX AC-30 (with Avatar 2X12 ext.) and a pedal board (stomp boxes, wah, tuner)...and want to run this in tandem with a digital rig...which will consist of a POD xt Live and a EON....direct to the board. Quiet operation is the goal.

    The VOX doesn't really like A/B setups (fair amount of ground loop hum), so I am seeking the best choice to join these 2 setups. I like the Lehle concept, but it seems that everyone has products that range from $40 to almost $300.

    I am assuming you get what you pay for in most cases, but what do you get with a boutique box that you don't get with a cheaper version? I understand true bypass, quiet switches, and transformer/hum cancelling...but there is probably a reasonable price point that has these features.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  3. RGB

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    "Quiet operation is the goal"

    That's where the Lehle shines!....and is worth the extra money, IMO. Plus the Lehle has attenuation pots for each side, which is a nice feature.

    Sorry, but I didn't look for a cheaper option and there could very well be one.

    Good luck!
     
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    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

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    The Fulltone spec works well with no ground loops in my experience.
     
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    Well the Lehle will guarantee you no ground loops. It is also very quiet when switching b/t high gain sources. Their CS is great. And you don't have to worry about faulty 3PDT switches. Being relay-based you could also implement a remote switcher.
     
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    50-300=250!
    FWIW, I've use a $50 Morley with a few different amps and have never had any kind of problem.
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  7. radvra

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    Thanks, guys. I really appreciate the input. Honestly, The Lehle looks like such a solid piece of gear materially and asthetically, and if the hum cancelling, switching, LED visuals, and attenuation features work, the only question is where can I get one (on the east coast?) for a decent price?

    Trying to beef up production for a power trio gig, so running 2 setups through 2 channels (one digital/one analog) should fatten the image coming through the mains and give me a wider palette of tones for cover band stuff...although I probably won't tell the other guys that since they will just think I am trying to be louder (damn Guitarists!)

    -R
     
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    What about the Voodoo Labs Amp Selector? I think they go for around $225 new. Controlls 4 amps, hum switches, volume control for each amp, tuner out, silent switching, some progamming ability. Biggest drawback is it takes up alot of space on your pedalboard.
     
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    the better ones have transformer isolated outs.......which translates to No Ground Loop Hum!
     
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    I used to run a similar setup, except I ran the POD into a power head and a 2x12 cab and miked it to the board. Very large sounding, but I just couldn't warm up to the POD so I now run a wet/dry 2 amp (all tubes) rig all of the time in my power trio, using the Lehle to split. Both are on all of the time. I even run a wet/dry/wet rig in bigger venues, splitting the effect amps with a TC Chorus. Really big!

    Just do a comparison search for the Lehle online. I can't remember where I bought mine, but that's how I bought it.
     

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