Have you considered the Damage Control timeline?
I couldn't get over the hi-fi aspect of the superdelay, although it was really fun. The Timeline sounds beautiful, and has a good variety of delays. It can't do backwards octaves or anything like that though.
Indeed, it can't be the ultimate delay shootout without the Timeline thrown in the mix.+2 on this
That really is such a good point. It is so easy to get sucked into the endless tweaking instead of playing music. I find myself getting caught up in that way too much and have been consciously downsizing my board to concentrate on playing.I think something many overlook is the fact you have to commit to learning some of these very complex delays. Often times what comes with extreme versatility is an extreme learning curve. Many of the delays I have sold/traded were due to the steep learning curve, complex settings, and time it took dial in or save settings vs. the tones they could or could not create. They became time wasters and required way too much of my limited "creative" time. Most of my favorite delays have been very simple ones like the old Maxon AD-900 and the Skreddy Echo. I currently have an Empress SuperDelay on the board and it pushes the threshold of what I consider too complicated. I plan on sticking with this one however, because although it takes some learning, I feel that it balances well with what it offers. If there was one more knob or one more toggle, it would be the straw that broke the camel's back. So, keep that in mind when shopping for a delay. Some people have a natural talent for understanding and remembering complex sub-menus and what-not, others just want to play the damned thing.