Is it crazy to buy a Boss DD2/3/5 in this day and age??

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  1. prototype

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    In the age where even analog delays are coming out with new crazy features and there are so many (inexpensive) delays that do amazing things like the boss DD7 or Flashback. as a guy who really only uses a medium-short delay for what is basically the eric johnson thing, and some slapback (i.e. no tap tempo, dotted 1/8ths, or "shimmer" whatever the **** that is) i'm starting to think i want to delve into old boss delays. i've had the DD3, DD6, and DD7 (in addition to the eventide, line 6, maxon, EHX) and god help me i always felt the boss delays just always sounded the best, especially in an actual band context.

    I have not tried the DD2, MIJ DD3, or the DD5. I understand the 2s and early 3s are the cream of the crop of boss delays, and youtube comparisons definitely skew towards the large chip models sounding better and more natural. I have not tried the DD5 either.... how does the sound compare with the older and newer boss delays??

    Also... who has reservations about gigging with a 30 year old boss pedal??
     
  2. Sentenced

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    People like the 12 bit conversion imperfections of the big chip just as they like the imperfections of the bucket brigade - add the discontinued hype to this of course. I, personaly don't care about DD2 and even more about DD5. I'd rather have a latest generation digital pedal and an analog for these imperfect "mojo" repeats. Truth is that I have almost 10 delays and I never bothered about these early (digital) BOSSes. I have a DD-7 though....
     
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  3. KnowTalent

    KnowTalent Just SAY NO to "Creamy" Distortion

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    a lack of gear options is the last thing limiting my ability to make compelling noises

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  4. jimbugg

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    I absolutely love the DD-5. I've got two of them. Next to the DMM, it's one of my favorite delays: it's simple, it does exactly what I want it to and it sounds great. Easy.
     
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    I am still using my DD-6 as my main delay for live use! I will take digital over analog any day for live use.
     
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    I like the super pristineness of the DD5 it sounds so unique and I use it pretty much every weekend
     
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    DD5 really shines with .8th delays because of the bright repeats. I personally wouldn't use it in the context you mentioned, but it is a great delay nonetheless
     
  8. JMMP1

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    If it accomplishes your needs, and you dig the sound, why would it be crazy? I don't like buying gear that I won't use most of the features on. I've got rack gear for the crazy stuff, but my pedal delay needs are met by the Nova Delay and a Vapor Trail.

    Would I be worried about gigging a 30 year old pedal? Nah. And definitely not a 30 year old boss pedal. Built like a tank, and not difficult to replace. Plus, isn't Boss still producing the DD-3?
     
  9. prototype

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    there have been significant changes... the current DD3 is like boss' 4th iteration of the circuit. the original DD3 and DD2 were identical, and the delay chip is long out of production. still not ridiculously expensive, especially in 2016 where $400 delays are seemingly commonplace.
     
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    DD2 and TRex Replica works for me...
     
  11. Bobby D

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    you can probably get a nice condition DD-2 or DD-3 fairly cheaply these days. I have owned a few of them over the years, and they are good sounding delay pedals. wish they had some modulation capabilities, but I was always happy with their tone.
     
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    I had an RV3 that I bought from the 90s and I thought it was very metallic sounding. I think boss' delays are fine in general though. Great utility delays if you want something solid that gets the job done. As long as it works for you that's all that matters.
     
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    The only reason I would caution someone against one of the older Boss delays is lack of tap tempo. I used a DD-3 as my only delay for years and years (and I still have it, it's marvelous) but having now experienced the convenience of my DD-20 and syncing the delay times it's hard for me to imagine gigging with the DD-3 again.

    Sound wise though, it's a beautiful unit. Mine is sixteen years old, not sure what generation that makes it.

    With my current experience level, the only time I would consider buying a delay without a tap tempo now would be maybe a Carbon Copy or something so dark and analog sounding that it's meant to be buried in the mix and won't clash with the song regardless.
     
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    I have used the dd5 for years and even after regularly using the el capistan for the last couple of years, the dd5 is back on my board. It really works well in a live setting.
     
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    here's is a thirty year old dd3 onstage with a touring pro.
     
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    Good combo. Esp with a DM2.

    When they were cheap, they were great pedals. Still are.
    But when a DD2 creeps close to 200, i'd go a Replica over it.
    or spend extra on a timefactor or something.
     
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    DD3 w/big chip was my first Boss delay but I sold that in the mid-90s, iirc.
    A couple of years ago I got all nostalgic and thought about getting another or even a DD2.
    Then I bought a Providence Delay 80's and the nostalgia for a DD took a kick to the curb.
     
  18. p.mo

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    I think there's way too much made about delays. I like them, but I've had quite a few and they all sound too much the same. Live I most just use it to at super-short rate to fatten a solo. Unless they're a key part of your sound, I wouldn't give it too much thought - any Boss would be fine. Imo
     
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    I agree with @p.mo. Grab what works for you, and don't look back.
     
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    I really like my long chip DD-3. Boss pedals are solid. Would have no concerns using it live.
     

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