Upping the Game
Since I have returned to the fold of playing guitar, I have assembled a collection of stomp boxes, as I have worked to define my own sound.
At the start, I needed a power supply, and all the 9 volt wall warts I had (and I had several) they were all positive tip, and thus non-compatible with my pedals. Alas, I needed something that would work without me rewiring cheap power supplies, so I bought a cheap-o Amazon wall wart that provided 2000 mA at 9 volts, with a daisy chain cable that allowed me to plug pedals in.
It worked OK, but it was an inelegant solution, and potentially was a source for interference between pedals (although I couldn’t tell if there were any issues), I often eyed better solutions. But the price… Le sigh.
I assumed that I would forever be using my inelegant for the foreseeable future…
Enter a Spot Bonus…
A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised by a rather generous spot bonus, and I splurged on a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 power supply.
This is a compact, heavy duty power supply, that has 8 individual power supplies, one for each port on the box. Each port can be switched between 9V and 12V (as some pedals work better with the higher voltage).
It arrived and I was surprised at how compact it was. Opening the box, it was packed well, with instructions, and a full complement of individual cables.
When I took it into my den, and plugged everything in, it just worked. Which is not a surprise. It really is the same functionally as my old wall wart with the daisy chain cable.
What is the big deal?
While I had lusted for this, it was strictly not necessary, and I wouldn’t have ever bought it sans the spot bonus.
The reviews raved about it, and when people comment that it wasn’t a big deal, or that the price ($200) was pretty high, the universal message that came out was that yes, it is expensive, but once you have one, you will never question your decision to purchase it.
So far, I can see the charm.
I will also need a bigger pedal board. My small, single row board was inexpensive, but it is limited to 4 or maybe 5 pedals, and I want to have more flexibility to shape my sound… That will be my next splurge, me thinks.