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Donner pedalboard and carrying case

jazzwannabe

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Anyone here seen one of these? I realize these are budget imports and wouldn't expect the case to be very durable, but does anyone know if the boards are decent quality? They appear to be Pedaltrain copies.

 
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They caught my eye as well. I dig Donner, I don't have qualms with their quality, just wish the boards were a tad bigger! The DB-3 is 20x11.4 which is 4" shorter length-wise and 1" less width wise, the DB-4 was announced and I was excited that it'd be bigger, but they lessened it even more, the DB-4 is 20x8...what!?

It's pretty interesting the new one comes disassembeled, will be interesting to see how it holds up over time.
 

blue62

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Don't know that brand in particular but I bought a Joyo pedalboard and its great. Comes with a power supply cavity already built in and either a soft bag or road case at about 1/3 cost of Pedaltrain which, IMO are one of the most overpriced things associated with guitar accessories.
 

jazzwannabe

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Don't know that brand in particular but I bought a Joyo pedalboard and its great. Comes with a power supply cavity already built in and either a soft bag or road case at about 1/3 cost of Pedaltrain which, IMO are one of the most overpriced things associated with guitar accessories.
I will check those out. They might even be the same thing as Donner. Do you use a power supply and if so, what fits in there?
 

blue62

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I will check those out. They might even be the same thing as Donner. Do you use a power supply and if so, what fits in there?
I use a VL Pedal Power 2 and it fits perfectly in the cavity provided and you just snap on the elastic retaining band and you are done. Couldn't be easier.
 

StormJH1

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I had my eye on this too. This would not be for gigging - I just want something for home use that has a bunch of the basics (tuner, maybe 3 drives, chorus, delay, and possibly 1 or 2 others) permanently affixed to something I could actually plug into and use. So durability is not a major concern, assuming the thing doesn't rock and break apart when I step on a pedal.

Thing is, I really want to use zip-ties instead of velcro, but I'm not sure how you'd do it on something like this only horizontal bars. In order for zip ties to work, wouldn't you need something running vertically, or something like the Holeyboard design (which is a little too big for what I need)?
 

urQuill

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Thing is, I really want to use zip-ties instead of velcro, but I'm not sure how you'd do it on something like this only horizontal bars.
Might need two cable ties, connected end to end. Run the free end of the cable tie under one side of the horizontal bar, up over the knobs end of the pedal, down the other side of the pedal, under the horizontal bar again, up and over the foot switch end of the pedal, and connect.
 

StormJH1

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Might need two cable ties, connected end to end. Run the free end of the cable tie under one side of the horizontal bar, up over the knobs end of the pedal, down the other side of the pedal, under the horizontal bar again, up and over the foot switch end of the pedal, and connect.
Thanks. I did consider this, and I also considered running cable ties vertically across the bars (underneath the pedal, and then using those as a tie on point for the pedals. However, that's a lot of plastic scaffolding and I think it could be prone to slippage and instability.

While the Holeyboard M3 is too large for my needs (and would be a beast to store away), I'm actually thinking that their little "AmpTop" mini-board could make some sense:

http://www.chemistrydesignwerks.com/holeyboard-amptop.html


They don't publicize it as much, but it's basically just the top level of the M3, and you can absolutely use it as a standalone floor unit. I think the natural finish one is like $60, and you can get a case for it for a total package of about $110. In pictures, it easily holds about 4 standard size pedals, and would probably do 5 or 6 if some of them were minis. (I'm pretty sure my mini-EP Booster would be one of the items on the board). Most power supplies should fit as an underneath mount. Zip ties would totally work with it (they are designed for this), though if you really want to go up to the edge, you may need to string one around the edge of the board.
 

Howlin1

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I bought the Donner board on eBay for $43.19. Basically indistinguishable from the Pedaltrain mini I used to have. The carrying case has plastic instead of metal rings for the strap. The Velcro seems a little lighter-duty. But I'm happy with it.
 






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