Sometimes, you really WANT to like a pedal....

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  1. Johnny Moondog

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    It's cool looking / different / rare / limited edition.

    It might be the "one", that will make all the difference.

    Nobody else you know (perhaps no one else in the city),
    has the exact same pedal.

    It's a bit pricey, but that's OK, you deserve a quality item,
    from a small company, that really "gets it".

    Then it arrived - and you are so excited to put it on your board.
    Fire up the amp, big grin and ...hmmm...well...it's...OK...

    This has happened to me countless times.

    I usually / eventually sell a pedal that underwhelms,
    often to another enthusiastic buyer.

    But I sometimes avoid selling it for a while,
    trying to find a way to like this pedal, as much I as I expected to.

    "Maybe it's not the pedals fault, maybe it's me..."
     
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  2. Chubbles

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    It's not just you. My weakness is fuzz pedal reviews on a $10,000 tube amp. Oh, I don't have a $10,000 tube amp at home. $xxx dollars worth of germanium meh.
     
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    Plumes. That's about it. But, i haven't owned many pedals. Yet.
     
  4. strawberries

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    Probably more like 11 dollars of parts. The box has the MOJO. Kllllooooooo nnnnnnnnnnnn
     
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    This has happened to me a lot. I’ve enacted two protocols to help avoid this:

    - Don’t sell the pedal I’m expecting will be replaced by the new pedal. When I can easily put the original pedal back in its place, it’s much easier for me to let the new one go.

    - Try not to hype myself up over new gear. Let the pedal earn its hype. Not always possible, but I’ve had to mentally remind myself that the pedal has to prove itself in my rig before any decisions can be made.
     
  6. SubApathy

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    That is how I view the Timmy. I feel like if I get one, that'll happen to me.

    TGP herd approved (Cool category?) Check.
    Nobody I know has it. Check.

    I'll most likely never get one...
    :hide2
     
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    But but @Johnny Moondog what pedal is it? The suspense is killing me...
     
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    I hate to admit it, but it’s happened to me too—more than once. Two that I remember:

    (1) Retro-Sonic Analog Delay

    (2) Dr. Scientist Cosmichorus
     
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    It isn't really about which pedal(s).
    There have been many.

    I was just thinking out loud,
    and I figured you guys all know what
    I am talking about.

    It's that " oh boy..it's here !!",
    followed by "hmmm..well...ok then..."
     
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    Do you combine this new pedal with any other(s)?
    Do you “blend it in”?

    Sometimes, subtle additions are infectiously inspiring.
     
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    Well, I'm certainly not getting rid of either FuzzMaster General or Terminal, but,... lol,... 'like' is not a word I'd use... scurred is more like it!
     
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    I’ve had similar experiences. I’ve become pretty good at preventing though. I only has 2 in my collection I’m not sure about, but I’m not ruling them out yet. ;)
     
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    I was like this with the EHX Electric Mistress XO. The current production analog green box. I found a couple of sweet spots that I really liked. Beyond that, it sounded like ass. I kept it for a while and sold it. If I still had it, I would keep it. For my purposes, it wasn't versatile at all. But, I was able to dial in an effect that I enjoyed. So it goes. I have a Boss BF-3 that is much more versatile. There's not much that it can't do as far as flanging. But, at its best, it doesn't have the richness of tone that I can get with the Electric Mistress. It's about time EHX did a new version. Where's Bill Rupert?
     
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    i mean, its a transparent overdrive.... but it IS a really really good one!
     
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    I try to be more careful now ( in 2020).

    But for many years, any shiny looking new pedal,
    with a cool sounding demo video,
    and I would cave.

    Then about 50% of them did nothing for me,
    so I would re-sell ...and then repeat...

    And sometimes you really wish that
    slightly obscure, rather expensive pedal,
    sounded better than the one you already have.

    But then you have to admit,
    that you blew a few hundreds bucks on
    a pipe dream...again.
     
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  17. William Cairns

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    Well, they’re not exactly boutique, but I bought a DOD 440 Envelope Filter and the EHX Bass Balls (Sovtek) in the late nineties. I found that after I got a Q-Tron I never used them anymore. I really, really, wanted to like them. I know they’re highly regarded. I figured it was just me, and perhaps I wasn’t using them correctly, etc. Turns out I just wasn’t crazy about how either sounded with bass, while the Q-Tron sounded great.

    I kept them. I played 1994-2010 around, then took a break. I didn’t get any new pedals from 2010-2019. Then I went crazy lol.

    I traded the DOD 440 for a J Rockett Archer Ikon, and the BassBalls for a Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter. I’m really happy with both, much more than the pedals they replaced.
     
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    Tim and Timmy
    Boss FRV-1
    Barber Direct Drive

    I bought these at peak hype and wasn't really impressed by any of them.
     
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    Well, presumably all hype exists because in the past you’ve plugged into something new and been blown away.
     
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    OP, so glad it's not just me. I've done this so many times.
     
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