Delay Dilemma: use Maxon AD900 + Subdecay Echobox or buy the Diamond ML2?

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    AshlandBump Silver Supporting Member

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    I have an AD900 and I'm considering getting a Subdecay Echobox for modulated delays and longer delays. The alternative is to sell the Maxon and buy a Diamond Memory Lane 2, which has two delays settings and does modulated delay (though I still haven't heard it demonstrated).

    Any advantages/disadvantages of having two separate delays (AD900+Echobox) over the ML2? Pedal board space and powering 2 separate pedals from a pedalpower2+ is not an issue.
     
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    If you have 2 delays you can run one short and one long and run them into each other.
     
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    Thanks -- I've thought about the potential of running one delay into the other but have never it. Sounds like a potential for mayhem (not necessarily bad) or is it actually more useful than that?
     
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    Just for me personally, tap tempo opens up so many options for me, I'd go with the ML2. But it just depends on your styles.
     
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    If it were me I'd get the Echobox and some sort of digital delay like the Nova. I like modulated echoes on slow stuff and leads and tap tempo for rhythm stuff.
     
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    Putting two delays in series can be very cool. I wouldn't consider it essential, but having two different delays cascaded can create some beautiful & subtle (or not) spacey textures. It's quite simple to set up complimentary delay times.

    I haven't heard the Echobox but I'd be surprised if it can cop the rich modulated delays that the Memory Lane can. It might be a cool box, but the Memory Lane's sound is gorgeous, best of class, imo. Maybe you can find a dealer who'll let you buy & demo both and keep the one you like best.

    I went through a search for a second delay (to compliment my DMM), and I tried the Nova Delay, the TRex Reptile, the TC Vintage Delay and the Boss DD-20 and DD-7. Honestly, compared to the DMM, they're all a step down as far as integrity/fullness to the original signal, but they are all have very useful features. In the end, I chose the DD-7. It's reasonably faithful to the original signal and has sparkly long delays, a great reverse, tap tempo, looping, small size and is the most affordable. And for mucking about in real time, it's simple interface gets the fastest results. But I wouldn't choose the DD-7 if modulated delays ala the DMM was crucial; the modulated delay setting is bright, with a non-adjustable fast mod speed/depth that reminds me of a phaser doing a Leslie impression. If I was still looking for a delay, I'd probably try out an Echobox too.
     

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