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BbendFender
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Feb 28th, 2018 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't use velcro on my home built pedal boards. I use links from a bicycle chain. It is a minor chore to take the bicycle chain apart but I've figured it out.
I remove 2 of the screws on the bottom of the pedal and put a chain link on opposite corners. I use small sheet metal screws to do the mounting. This has worked well for me for years.
Also, I make my pedal board to fit into an old tweed suitcase and it looks cool.

(This message was last edited by BbendFender at 12:46 PM, Feb 28th, 2018)

5Strats
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Feb 28th, 2018 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have two Pedaltrain boards and two Voodoo Lab power supplies.

Currently, I'm only using one of them and the other is vacant. Of course I own tons of pedals that could populate this extra board, but I'm lazy and it takes me forever to get around to some things.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Feb 28th, 2018 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not that I don't support you building your own board but have you looked at these.

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Taildragger
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Feb 28th, 2018 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Could everybody sing out and name their preferred pedal board power supply and specify why they chose that particular one?

I've been mostly looking at the Strymon Ojai and the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+.

This board will be dedicated to bass effects and, since I'm not a huge pedal guy, probably won't ever be powering more than 4 effects and a Lehle A/B Y pedal, each of which need 9V @ 55mA or less.

Thanks!

(This message was last edited by Taildragger at 07:45 PM, Feb 28th, 2018)

Mike DeTorrice
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Feb 28th, 2018 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a One Spot. It works great and can power a number of pedals with it's removable daisy chain adapter.

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Feb 28th, 2018 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Not that I don't support you building your own board but have you looked at these."

Wow, Gauk! That looks tempting and the price is right. I'll need to see if it's large enough.

I also saw this...

Donner Isolated Power Supply

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Feb 28th, 2018 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Could everybody sing out and name their preferred pedal board power supply and specify why they chose that particular one?"

I have a MKS Power Pad II. It protects against 60 Cylce hum but the outputs are not isolated. They're daisy-chained like the One-Spot so they're prone to noise. My next supply will be isolated.

Taildragger
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Feb 28th, 2018 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My next supply will be isolated. "

Yeah, both the Strymon Ojai and the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ are isolated, which is part of their appeal. They also seem to get good marks for reliability/longevity, which some other power supplies don't.

JJuran

Boston Area

Feb 28th, 2018 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had two Peadltrain boards - one with the zippered carry bag, the other with the hard case. The pedal-boards have held up just fine, but for both products, neither the bag nor the case can hold up to steady gigging. The zipper on the bag failed pretty quick, and the case panels on the hard-case separated from the aluminum rails just as quickly - I think they use 1/4" ply on those cases - really flimsy. If you don't have something sturdy to carry your pedal board, you don't have a pedal board. For folks who don't leave home, not an issue and I'm sure they'll love their Pedaltrain thing. But for those of us who work regularly and depend on this stuff to stay together, Pedaltrain failed me twice. I won't buy another. Especially because they don't sell replacement bags or cases.

Anybody can make a pedal-board. But the case to carry it in matters. Alot.

So I built my own with 1x pine angled sides and and 3/8" ply to fit inside a box of 1x5" pine capped on both sides with 3/8" ply. I ran the 1x5 box through my table saw to make the platform 1" high, leaving the remaining 4" +/- for the cover. Some break-way hinges, suit-case hasps, a handle and some rubber feet. And some velcro.

Beneath the board is a pair of independent Smart Bear Small-Wart 200 power supplies that I built. Each provides 9VDC and more than enough current for 4-5 pedals. Since I have two of them, each has their own 4-port patch bay near the top of the board with center-negative DC power receptacles. If I want to use 18V, I have a DC power cable that can straddle both patch bays and get it to my pedal. I've had this board and case now for about 4 years and it has never failed. It has worked more gigs than both Pedaltrain boards combined.

FWIW - you can build the Smart Bear 200 for well under $30 each, less if you forgo the Hammond box and bolt them to the underside of the board like I did. That's two well-filtered and tightly regulated 9V power supplies for a fraction of what the Voodoo Labs thing costs. Or you can ditch all that and just get a Goldyke Power-All wall wart thing. These are very well filtered and pretty well regulated - more so than the "one-spot" things I've experienced in the past.

No - my board is not UL certified. But I don't care because nobody else will ever use it. It will out-live and out-power anything from Pedaltrain.

Pics of all this in my profile.

JJuran

Boston Area

Feb 28th, 2018 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ack ... time to donate again. Can't post pics to my profile. Give me a bit to make the donation and post these pics

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Mar 1st, 2018 02:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I use a One Spot. It works great and can power a number of pedals with it's removable daisy chain adapter."

Me too.

I'm not a touring pro, but my Pedaltrain bag has been used 4-5 gigs a month for about 6 months and is still in perfect condition.


reverendrob
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Mar 1st, 2018 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One Spot unless you've got specific needs.

I have more pedals than most of you will ever even look at on one.

Leftee
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Mar 1st, 2018 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

9VDC 1A is a lot-o-juice!

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Mar 2nd, 2018 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"9VDC 1A is a lot-o-juice!"

Yes it is.

My Power Pad has quite a bit of noise for claiming to eliminate 60 cycle him. Also, I have a One-Spot and it's fine for home but it's also noisy when I've used it in places with high interference such as a church.

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 08:43 PM, Mar 2nd, 2018)

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Mar 6th, 2018 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

my last Boss plastic case board had 6 spots. Very neat setup. I sold it to the other guitarist in the NJ band. he had stuff all over the floor and I was downsizing.

I stole Peegoo's cutting board pedalboard idea. I had a small cutting board with enough room for 4 pedals. Velcro and a One-Spot. The cut out is a handy handle. It's low profile, gives me what I need

PeterH

South Africa

Mar 7th, 2018 03:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've just finished mine. I added a Shure Wireless into the board.

There's also a built in Amp Sim inside for DI.

Pedalboard

(This message was last edited by PeterH at 05:54 AM, Mar 7th, 2018)

PeterH

South Africa

Mar 7th, 2018 03:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is a pic from the back showing the antenna with the switches for the led light and the input selector switch.

This allows me to switch between the input jack or the wireless.

Back of board

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Mar 7th, 2018 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Picnic, I had one of those Boss boards back in the day.

Peter, you built that from scratch?



PeterH

South Africa

Mar 7th, 2018 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, built from scratch.

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Mar 7th, 2018 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice! Where did you get the materials?

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