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Stompboxes and Pedals

Posted: 01 Jul 2020, 22:45
by Mellotron Man
Before I divulge some possible useful information, I have to get something off my chest!
I define a "Stompbox" as a sound effect unit that is actuated solely by a footswitch, even if it is under a pedal of any size and/or shape.
A "Pedal" is a foot control that actuates a pot(entiometer), e.g. a wah-wah or swell.
Anyway, after years of searching, I've found a source of 'empty' foot-pedal units. They have ALL the mechanics/parts, except for the pot. Check out... https://www.aliexpress.com/i/617876989.html I bought 6 of them in November last year and they are substantial beasts! They're made from Die-Cast Aluminium and use a Rack & Pinion mechanism to actuate the pot. After paying for shipping (to Scotland), then paying over £15 import duty, they worked out at about £21 each, which was less than I anticipated. The price quoted at the time of writing is $17 (and they've got nearly 900 of them) - I bought them when they were $23! They also do a discount if you buy 10 or more of them. I can recommend them.
Hope this helps.

Re: Stompboxes and Pedals

Posted: 02 Jul 2020, 07:35
by plush
Hi

Daier makes very shitty "pedals", which break very fast, since they are made from shitty alloy with lots of imperfections and inner cavities.
They are ok for diy stuff/personal use, but not for serious projects and/or selling.