Why Are Treble Booster Pedals So Expensive?

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  1. Buzzard Luck

    Buzzard Luck Member

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    Asking for education here - why are treble boosters so expensive? Nearly every model on the market is $200.

    Isn’t it a super simple circuit design? Like fuzz face type simple?
     

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  2. Ps28

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    No idea. I build my own.
     
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    Components

    I dig all the BBE ones, hey gotta get on those again
     
  4. Vishnu

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    Good Germanium Transistors are not expensive and the pedal market mark up has always been a bone of contention but the mark up with a £200 treble booster is way over the top considering the parts used......oh and research and time and money spent on the circuit is now 50 years old.

    Daylight robbery.......but unless you are building 'em yourself you have no option but to pay :)

    PS i bought a Squawk last week and it's GREAT! :)


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50-Teste...260954?hash=item2caefb39da:g:9FsAAOSwOVpXexOB
     
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  5. andrekp

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    It’s all that research and tweaking that the manufacturers have to to. (Because transistor circuits are such a mystery) Then they scour the world for NOS Ge transistors and just the right brown CC resistors and caps. Then they spend weeks tweaking the circuit in situ. Only then to they bring it all to you for a loss at $250 so you’ll then go on TGP and keep the pyramid going.

    it’s not really a mystery and not all heroes wear capes.
     
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    Those $5 Russian trannies are very expensive.
     
  7. Jim Marciano

    Jim Marciano Supporting Member

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    .... That's what she said
     
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    Hey schmuckos.... if ya gonna keep payin $200, they're gonna keep sellin for $200.

    When the fad dies off, they'll be chump change.
     
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    That's what they said about the boutique pedal market decades ago. Look where that went.
     
  10. Johnny Fuzz

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    Because there are like 14.7 people on the planet, myself included, who actually buy treble boosters.
     
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    No competition. Fuzz Faces would be expensive too if Dunlop wasn't making them. Only boutique companies are making them and in small batches. That's the only reason there expensive. Big brands and Chinese companies aren't making them so you don't see them for cheaper prices.
     
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    Just cause hype and people are willing to pay money.

    Expensive Fuzzes are the same thing. Treble boosters & Fuzzes are so darn simple & you can tune them to sound great with dirt cheap parts. If you build your own it takes time to tune them but it makes it really hard to justify the high prices of hyped stuff. Even when you're not buying in bulk like even a boutique company does you can build these for way less than $50. The enclosure, jacks, and 3PDT switch, paint/art, etc.. are the most expensive components. The circuits inside you can make with like $0.50 transistors and still get great sound. When you think the $200 one sounds way better than the $100 one it's often IMO just that luck has it the $200 one is biased/EQed a bit better with your amp/guitar.
     
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    I don't understand how Dunlop couldn't get this circut right, none of their offerings can even compete with a sunface for example
     
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    I'm a little afraid to meet the .7 of a person! lol
     
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    Like all the rest of the lot
     
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    That should tell you something. It's one one thing to make your own, and another to make them and sell them. It's completely another to make them on a mass scale and also make them consistent.
     
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    I like my mini FF just fine for the $70 I paid. What is that like 1/10th the cost of a Sun Face?
     
  18. Johnny Fuzz

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    I like my Dunlop Hendrix Fuzz Face much more than the Sunfaces I’ve had, but neither come close to the Vemuram Myriad.
     
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  20. fendergeek

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    This reminds me of an old joke. Why is divorce so expensive? Because it’s worth it.....
     

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