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What's the most you've ever spent on a pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by Chitmo, May 20, 2018.

  1. Chitmo

    Chitmo Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Just seen a reverb ad for a $600k pedal and it got me pondering what the most I've every spent on a pedal was. I mean I have nothing against cost effective pedals or anything but sometimes you just have to splurge to get what you're looking for IMO . Personally the two that top my list are a Foxrox captain coconut that I spent $700 on and a silver Klon that I had about $1500 into. Were they worth it? Well yes and no, they both sounded great but after having them for a while I realized stepping on something that expensive gave me anxiety! So off they went. Now most of what I have are in the $100-300 range with a few that are worth more but were gifted to me. What's your comfort zone?
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  2. mhammer


    Nov 30, 2007
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I'm trying to think about all the pedals I've ever owned over the last 40 years or so, and I don't think I've ever spent more than $100, or even that much. Of course, if one translates a $70 MXR pedal in the late 1970's into today's dollars, that probably equates to more than $100. But nominally, no, never $100 or more. These days, usually $60 or less. People have given me stuff, out of appreciation, that's worth more than $100, but I've never spent, of my own accord, what those pedals would go for retail, let alone stupid E-bay prices.

    That certainly doesn't shut me out of having plenty of nice boxes, but I don't hunt for things I want, or am persuaded I ought to want. I simply end up enjoying the things I stumble onto for good prices, and build stuff I won't likely stumble onto.

    Here's a scan of a 1981 Electro-Harmonix pricelist.

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  3. Ronbeast


    Nov 11, 2008
    Most of what’s on my board ranges between $50-$150, but a few pieces jump out as more expensive. My Harben Audio Octave Fuzz was about $180 CAD all in at the time, that’s probably the most I’ve spent on a new pedal.

    I tend to buy my pedals used, because I’m not looking for anything too specific at the moment. Last pedal I bought was a Boss blues driver.
  4. Wardo


    Feb 5, 2010
    South Ontario
    Peterson strobstomp tuner was 280. That’s the most expensive pedal that I have and I mainly got it bcs it’s big and I can see it w/0ut wearing glasses.
  5. keto

    keto Gold Member

    May 23, 2006
    Dunno if it’s my record, but I just spent five bills on a Darkglass bass OD.
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  6. cboutilier


    Jan 12, 2016
    Halifax, NS
    Not sure exact value, but I've got around $150 in trade value into my Naymark Smokestack tube OD, and I sold my 1983 Small Stone for about the same.
  7. Lola


    Nov 16, 2014
    pickering ontario
    $100 on my Box of Rock, OD/distortion used pedal.

    Great pedal with lots of spunk.
  8. cboutilier


    Jan 12, 2016
    Halifax, NS
    I think I paid $140 new for my Holy Grail reverb. Only pedal I've ever bought new.
  9. RBlakeney

    RBlakeney Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Halifax, ns
    I generally float between $100-200. But you already know this.
    However I did spend somewhere around 1200-1300 on pedals that one month.
  10. John Fisher

    John Fisher

    Aug 6, 2017
    1999 I spent 499.00 for my Digitech RP7...... i think the Keeley D and M pedal was 312.00 with taxes

    Edit...... I did pay 800.00 for an EP3 Echoplex
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  11. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

    May 29, 2007
    London, Ontario
    Single-effect pedals (not single button, single effect) - $500 used on my big sky. Multi's would easily be my Fractal FX8 (over $1k).
  12. Greg Ellis

    Greg Ellis

    Oct 1, 2007
    Newmarket, ON
    Under $200 for me. I've picked up lots of great pedals used in the $80-120 range.
  13. Merlin

    Merlin Gold Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Brampton, ON
    $400 for my Source Audio Ventris - and worth every penny!
  14. JHall55


    Dec 5, 2016
    I probably average between $200 and $300 per pedal...but have spent much more on some as they come and go. The most expensive ones were a Silver Klon, H9 Max, and the big box Strymons. The Origin Effects Revival Drive will likely be my next ridiculously expensive pedal.

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  15. butterknucket


    Feb 5, 2006
    I think over $400 on a big box POG. I kind of regretted it and tried to flip it, then really got into it for a long time. I still have it even though I don't really use it anymore, but it looks cool, especially with it not being made anymore.

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