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Anyone Else Think Pedal Prices Are Crazy These Days?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by player99, Jan 26, 2020.

  1. player99

    player99 Gold Member

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    I have a few expensive pedals, but it seems like more and more the prices are nut expensive. I know the exchange rate and sales tax are big contributors, but take Kingsley for example... I bought mine used for I think $560, and another one was offered at $720. (The seller was asking new prices in lieu of the 1 year wait, I am not complaining about him. Best pedal I own probably.) Or a basic OD will be $255 + tax at L & M. I am not saying they aren't worth it from the builder's prospective, it just seems to be escalating out of control. I have a Cali76 comp, a Strymon Timeline, a Kingsley Minstrel, Some $300+ fuzz pedals etc. so I have ponied up. Just where does it end?

    Yes I understand there are cheaper alternatives and some low cost gems, but it seems $500+ is becoming more and more the norm.

    Just sayin'.
     
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  2. Budda

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    No.

    Either you pay $400+ for tech, or you are still in the $100-$200 range for standard pedals.
     
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  3. player99

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  4. Budda

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    Things I don't trust not to fail with regular use: cheap pedals.
     
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  5. mhammer

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    Many of those in the video are used, not new list price. I wouldn't use it as a barometer.
    Sometimes, one has to defend prices, simply because the maker has to make their overhead. I won't defend HOW they acquired that overhead, but I understand the perceived need to cover it.
     
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  6. player99

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    I am seeing the price of single pedal costing more than guitars and amps. They are becoming more than they are worth, compared to many other things. They can be costly to develop and manufacture. But how much is too much to have invested in a pedalboard? $3k? $5k?, $7k?, $10k? It would not be difficult to find 7 to 15 pedals that cost $10k.
     
  7. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    Everything is worth what someone is willing to pay.

    If you don't see the value in a $500 pedal, that's fine.

    Most pedals are under $700 new before taxes, across the scope of pedals.

    Q: "How much is too much to have invested in a pedalboard?" A: when you can't pay your bills.
     
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  8. player99

    player99 Gold Member

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    There is a point of diminishing returns.
     
  9. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    And? That's true for any consumer product.
     
  10. cboutilier

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    But that really only matters for those of us gigging. I had my Tuner pedal start failing during a soundcheck yesterday, on the road in the middle of nowhere.
     
  11. player99

    player99 Gold Member

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    And... this supposed to be a discussion.
     
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  12. bw66

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    All I know is that the pedals that I bought in the 80s are pretty much the same price now as they were when I bought them. Minimum wage was $4/hr.
     
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  13. JBFairthorne

    JBFairthorne Gold Member

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    I’m not sure where you’re shopping. Perhaps you’re only seeing what you’re interested in? There are lots of good options from just under $100 to just over $200. Maybe the question should be....why am I only interested in pedals with crazy prices?
     
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  14. Budda

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    You dont have to be gigging to use a pedal often though.
     
  15. Festus McCorkindale

    Festus McCorkindale Gold Member

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    It is true that some pedals are too expensive given the simplicity of the technology in most cases. And that’s where quality clone pedals can really save you money. Most cities have a few good clone builders. But guitarists are notorious for wanting brand names on their headstock or pedals or whatever, me included. I’ve also spent a little more on brand name gear that I was unsure about so that I could be confident about re-selling quickly if I didn’t love it. In small markets like Winnipeg or Regina, for example, sometimes the only way to try something new is to buy it sight-unseen.
     

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