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Offline J H S

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narrowing volume pedal choices
« on: January 04, 2017, 07:39:42 PM »
Looking for recommendations on a volume pedal.

I've tried 2 already, a Dunlop and a Fractal, both had a very small actuation envelope, so for most of the pedal travel nothing at all happened then everything in the last 20% of travel.

I'd like to find a smooth heavy-weight pedal with full travel control for volume.

Since there's no music store close, I'm researching netwise.
After returning 2 new pedals, I'm considering Hilton or Goodrich.

Any comments welcome.

Thanks

Jim

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Offline Patzag

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Re: narrowing volume pedal choices
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 09:26:25 PM »
Surprised at your reaction on the Fractal.

Nonetheless, the best Volume pedal outside of that is the Ernie Ball.  It will eventually need servicing (replacing the cable) but it's an awesome unit.
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Offline J H S

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 10:42:13 PM »
me too...I tried 2 of the Fractals because the feel was really good...
which of the eb's are you thinkin of?

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Offline jb63

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2017, 12:29:21 AM »
Try the MVP. IT definitely has what you are looking for!

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2017, 10:42:53 AM »
VP Junior.
Big enough.  Strong enough.  Works very well.  Very smooth.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2017, 01:04:45 PM »
I'm looking at the EB jr / JHS mod pedal.

One review states the effective pedal travel effecting volume is less than 2 inches, which is why I returned the other 2.

I really want full attenuation sweep from toe to heel position.

Any light on this?

thanks

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Offline billy

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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2017, 02:28:19 PM »
two inches of range in my experience is pretty good.  I built a wah using an old dunlop shell a while back, and I think its less travel than that.

Sometimes, you can adjust the position of the treadle relative to the pot position by opening up the enclosure and turning a few screws. 

I don't know that it will get you any more range, but it can help you put the sweet spot where you want it.  You may actually need a pot with a different taper, ie linear vs audio to get the sweep you want.

(Also, some volume pedals don't use a pot these days, so ymmv.)

One last thought, where the pedal is in the chain can sometimes make a difference too, so worth experimenting a little.  ie like a buffer pedal before fuzz doesn't play nice, but a buffer after fuzz usually works pretty good.
Billy

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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2017, 04:26:32 PM »
Morley?

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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2017, 05:16:09 PM »
Until I moved to Line 6, a Roland EV-10 Expression pedal always worked for me. Cheap and very reliable.
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