What would you do?

thekaiser

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I recently signed up for Pedal Genie and I got my first shipment today, a Catalinbread DLS MKIII. I plugged it in to my Princeton and played with it for about 2 hours before realizing that I had been playing for anywhere near that long. It was just the sound in my head that I've been hearing for a while and struggling to get out of my Blackstar. Suffice it to say, this pedal will be on my board for a while.

My dilemma is thus: Since I know I must have this pedal in my rig, should I send it back to Pedal Genie so I can try another pedal and buy the DLS later or hang on to it for a while until I have the funds to purchase it? It won't take very long to acquire the funds for it since its just a pedal, but my GAS fund is currently sitting at 0 after picking up the Princeton.
 

9520575

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You know you like it, you don't have the money. Wait. Send it back, because if you're not swapping out a bunch of pedals that's a premium just to try one pedal. Its not like they're rare and if you're patient you're more likely to snag a good deal.
 
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I have simple philosophy, man. Once you find "that" sound, you don't give it up.

It's like the guy at the casino who wins big but keeps playing because he thinks there can still be more. Then he loses, looking back thinking he shoulda quit while he was ahead.

The idea of a tone chase, IMO, is to catch the tone, not to keep hunting after you already killed the big deer.
 

thekaiser

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The idea of a tone chase, IMO, is to catch the tone, not to keep hunting after you already killed the big deer.
No, I totally get that. Which is why I know I'll be purchasing this pedal at some point. But the way pedal genie works is that for a monthly fee they send you a pedal from your list and then after you try it for however long you send it back to them and they send another from your list. My list has a bunch of other types of effects on it(delays, chorus, fuzz, etc.) so I wouldn't really be continuing the tone chase for this particular tone.
 

markjsmith

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The idea of pedal genie is to try out gear (with your own rig) that may not be available at stores nearby. So try some stuff you're curious, or even clueless about. While doing this save up for the DLS. Maybe even try some that are in the same ballpark as the DLS to make sure you're making the right choice.
 
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No, I totally get that. Which is why I know I'll be purchasing this pedal at some point. But the way pedal genie works is that for a monthly fee they send you a pedal from your list and then after you try it for however long you send it back to them and they send another from your list. My list has a bunch of other types of effects on it(delays, chorus, fuzz, etc.) so I wouldn't really be continuing the tone chase for this particular tone.
Ah, gotchya. I thought it was like they send a pedal and you return after a while to try another, which I guess it sorta is, but I thought there was an option to keep one or drive yourself nuts deciding to keep playing the game.
 

DecoWaves

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If it was me ... I would be thrilled to have found the pedal I like ... write down the name and send it back. Try out several other pedals in the same effect-genre. If you find one that's better, more power to you! If you don't, it will make you feel that much better about your final purchase and you won't be wondering if the next best thing is just around the corner. The whole value in the pedal genie service is to try out as many pedals as you can ...
 

pedalgenie

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No, I totally get that. Which is why I know I'll be purchasing this pedal at some point. But the way pedal genie works is that for a monthly fee they send you a pedal from your list and then after you try it for however long you send it back to them and they send another from your list. My list has a bunch of other types of effects on it(delays, chorus, fuzz, etc.) so I wouldn't really be continuing the tone chase for this particular tone.
If you don't keep it now, but want to get it again later and then keep it, you'll *most likely* pay less then.

Your member-discounted price takes into account how long you've had the pedal, how long you've been a member and how long the pedal has been in service. So this time, you might get an older pedal (that would be cheaper), but next time you might get a new/er one - but you will have been a member longer, so it might be a wash either way.

If you love it, buy it now. Because you know you'll keep playing and enjoying it. But as mentioned, it's a current pedal, so no worries about it disappearing. I think we have at least three of those in rotation right now.
 






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