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Donner party (table for three)?
« on: November 22, 2017, 04:16:14 am »
Old joke, for sure, but the price point on the Donner pedal line is enough to make a poor kid (like me) from the Valley perk right up. Yeah, I've got a freeway running through the yard. :)

With pedals from $25 to $50 you can afford to make an impulse purchase or three. And those 3-in-1 pedals look like a lot of bang for the buck. Any lovers or haters of the Donner line? Shane over at InTheBlues rated them the best bargain pedals on the market.
 
https://www.donnerdeal.com/collections/guitar-pedal

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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 05:22:05 am »
They also have a rechargeable wireless transmitter/receiver system for $55 US. Huge value. No more cables across the room?

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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 10:45:13 pm »
Just wanted to bring the Donner pedal discussion full circle with my own experiences. I was gifted the 3 in 1 Alpha Force by Donner. Here's the demo from Shane over at intheblues:




If you decide to give this one a try, you will probably want to use the isolated power supply that comes with the unit. I used a pedal power daisy chained adapter and the High Gain got super noisy. Kind of disappointed that it didn't daisy chain well.

The delay works well enough for slapback. Shane seemed to think it is somewhat limited in that area, I didn't find that to be the case. Edge/U2-ish sounds were fairly easy to dial in.

The chorus works well on songs that call for it like "Come As You Are", "1979", and "Back On The Chain Gang".

The High Gain is super distorted and really great for power chords. The growl is incredible.


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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 08:05:57 am »
I’m finding mine to be pretty decent but it’s my first real go at using pedals so I’m no expert! I ended up with four of the seven mode pedals, Pitch shift, Delay, Reverb and Modulation.
For the price they cost I think you will have great difficulty finding anything anywhere near as good and for someone just dipping their toes in the water you can’t go wrong!
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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 09:02:11 am »
had thier EQ pedal on my "maybe list" when I was looking for something small to put in the effects loop of my amp. Got a deal on something else (2nd hand).

when it comes to noise, daisychains are a bigger problem than "cheapness".
Even the Thomann brand "Harley benton" power supply was noisy.
I only use seperate adapters or high quality power supplies and I noticed that, whether cheap or expensive, investing in a good power supply once will benefit every single item in your chain.
Downside: it's expensive and you don't get a new sound to play with :)
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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 09:09:45 am »
I noticed that, whether cheap or expensive, investing in a good power supply once will benefit every single item in your chain.
Downside: it's expensive and you don't get a new sound to play with :)

Lieven makes a very good point.

If the power supply is poor so is everything else.
No matter how good the rest of the electronics it can't perform at its best if the power supply is noisy or working at its limits.
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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 11:48:35 am »
Quite agree, I do use a decent quality power supply, yes they cost more but honestly well worth it! A poor quality power supply running a high end pedal is a recipe for disappointment, a decent quality power supply running a budget pedal is no disappointment at all.
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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2018, 05:20:48 pm »
for those on a tight budget: check this DoD boneshaker distortion for $35
https://slickdeals.net/f/11216871-digitech-boneshaker-distortion-pedal-w-3-band-parametric-eq-w-free-shipping-34-95?utm_content=8a78514a9a2411e73bf08c24b30196ae7

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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2018, 09:52:48 pm »
Coming full circle again, I must have had something else plugged into the power strip because I'm not getting any noise now. Maybe a lamp on the same line or something was causing interference? Weird.

@DarrellW, which Donner reverb are you using? I'm thinking of getting this one:



They make a brown one that I'm less interested in.

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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2018, 06:38:38 am »
@DarrellW, which Donner reverb are you using? I'm thinking of getting this one:



They make a brown one that I'm less interested in.
That’s the one, it’s really very good especially considering the price, I’m using it with my Hotone Mojo micro amp and my home made 10” speaker cab together with a couple of other Donner fx, you can’t go wrong with any of the Donner fx, they are ace!!!
Out of interest it looks probable that the Hotone amp range is made by Donner as well, they sell them on Donner direct, they are also very good!
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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2018, 06:23:50 pm »
Interestingly enough, the delay on the Alpha Force when set to something akin to "slapback" gives me the reverb sound that I'm after with some distortion. The reverb settings on the Fender Mustang work great with fairly clean settings on the amp. Boy does Fender know reverb! Between the two I think I'm pretty much covered and don't really need an extra pedal. Just thought I would close the loop on that part of the discussion. 

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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2019, 04:13:08 pm »
Thank you for this informative thread. Sorry to chime so lately; I'm new here (started learning/playing guitar in April). I got my first pedal last week: a Donner Blues Drive. Seems to work well. I'm quite happy with it. Of course, I can't compare. As a beginner on a tight budget, I think I may give some other Donner pedals (or similar budget clones) a go. Cheers.

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Re: Donner party (table for three)?
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2019, 05:06:36 am »
You certainly ARE new here, welcome aboard!

Thanks for stirring the pot on this old thread. Not enough gear talk lately. I'm all about high value when it comes to pedals and Donner is way up there in my eyes. The analog delay on the Alpha Force is an always on pedal for me -- the chorus and the higain not so much lately. I go through stages.

Here's a link you might find helpful, it's a pretty comprehensive list of the clone pedals:
http://www.thecavanproject.com/101-effect-pedal-clones/

Your Donner Blues Drive is a TS-9 clone, I have the TC Electronic El Macambo with is another clone. Great pedal for really nice mids.






   

 

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