Never tried a DMM . . . do you have a recommended starting point? UPDATED

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  1. KissTone

    KissTone Supporting Member

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    Update: I got an XO; see my impressions several posts below . . .

    Other than some digital emulations, I've never tried a Deluxe Memory Man. Do you have a recommended model (it looks like there are 50 of them ;) ) to try for a 'typical' DMM experience?

    I'd prefer not chasing down a costly vintage unit just out of curiosity, so if you could recommend one of the models that bridges more contemporary affordability with close-to classic DMM tones, I'd appreciate it.
     
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  2. Yr Blues

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    Xvive MEMORY

    An analog clone that's a little over $100.
     
  3. Blix

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    There is no other pedal that offers the DMM experience, period.

    The XVIVE is great, but it's still no vintage DMM.
     
  4. White Buffalo

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    90’s/early 2000’s 5-knob big box with 3005’s and you’re good; starting point and finishing point all in one.
     
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    The current DMM (XO) is a great starting point and quite affordable. If you need/want tap tempo and other goodies, check out the DMM TT1100.
     
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    This is going to go well. :)
     
  7. disconnector

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    Agreed. Keep in mind that each and every DDM I've every played - and I've played quite a few - sounded different. There is no specific "old gear" tone that you can compare an XO to. You might get a good XO that sounds like a good big box DMM . . . or it might sound better than an old big box that's out of calibration. Old != better!

    They are just all so inconsistent that when you find the one that has drifted magically to the place of aural perfection we *think* that older is better - while we ignore the piles of old pedals that sound like crap.
     
  8. KissTone

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    It looks like the XO can be had in mint condition for $200 on Reverb. Hmm . . . Any reason to pony up $250 for the 550 version?
     
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    If you need tap tempo, tempo subdivisions, or a slightly longer delay then sure!
     
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    It also has a rate control for the modulation instead of the two speeds (chorus/vibrato) on the XO and big box. Footswitchable oscillation is possible by holding the tap tempo switch.
     
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    Big box DMM all the way. Sooo good. Sounds best with the volume above unity for me.
     
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    very, very true
    had mine right next to one modded by analogman
    liked mine better
    also had an xo right there
    it was really, really close

    start there
    200 bucks is easy and could get you all the way home
     
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    Xvive Memory is where I would start. it solves so many issues that the DMM has
     
  14. disconnector

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    I have a Memory Boy in the back of the pedal drawers that's darn close to a DMM as long as the delay lengths are kept under 300ms or so. Past that it gets a bit fuzzy to my ears - at least going into a Fender.
     
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  15. Dr.Picklebottom

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    the best IMO is the big box w detachable power cord. mine was a mid 2000s, not sure how long they made that version. Ive seen them used for ~$250 on reverb.
    best delay ive ever heard for clean playing.
     
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  16. ShredTheGnar

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    You're gonna have a lot of people tell you a big box is the only option. Having owned multiple big boxes and bother tap tempo variations a few different times.... every single one is gonna be a little bit different, but as long as it's calibrated, it'll sound good.

    ...thus, my answer is, whichever one you can afford, haha! I'd probs go with a TT550 cause of the nice price.
     
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  17. TheoDog

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    I feel any 5-knob big box is a good choice to at least try.

    There’s a reason that any other version is compared to that type of unit.

    Afterward, feel free to sell it on down and find a Diamond MLjr. It’s not the same- but also essential in a Delay journey.
     
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    Another vote for DMM XO
     
  19. John Mark Painter

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    I've owned at least 10 of the 5 knob versions from the 90's. Yeah...it was a great tone. But I think the prices are silly.
    I don't think there is anything mystical about them.
    If you can afford the real deal, get one.
     
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    Also consider a Chase bliss tonal recall.
    It can do the dmm thing really well, but also a lot more sounds and has presets and midi/expression control.
     
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