Are there any small powered boards?

Are there any small powered boards?

Postby SmittyG » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:04 am

At most, I'm interested in using between 2-3 effects (a tuner brings that up to four tops). All the powered boards I have found are for 8 or more pedals. I don't have that kind of stage space available to me. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Re: Are there any small powered boards?

Postby Rhian Batson » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:22 am

Hmm, the first that come to mind are the small ones on rondomusic.com. These are reasonably priced IMO for what they are - entry grade metal pedal board "road" cases. I have read a few reviews complaining of poor latches however I have had a few of these cases over the past 8 years or so and all served their purpose fine w/o failure. Of course if you're going to be touring 24/7 365, you would want to purchase something beefier but for typical gigging and typical 2week to month out touring, mine did absolutely fine. Here's one for 35.95 US.

NB PDC-410D SSL Pedal Case
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You could run that with a brick or a simple power strip and I-spot for instance. Or, if you have a tuner with a 9v power out (like a Boss TU-2), you can simply use that with a daisy chain power cable to power your pedals.
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There are also some well priced softcase boards + power out there. For instance Gator makes one for -4 pedals like the G-Bone. I see these online for 50-65 bucks. This might be a good choice for you if you just want something to slip over your shoulder for smaller gigs - yanno everything you need for a good price.
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There are older models you can find on CL for sub 40 bucks if you keep your eyes out. My main board I use now is a 3 guitar Gator Gig Box Jr. I like the fact that it has a guitar/bass stand built into it and it's smaller (way lighter lol) than my old road cases.They dont come powered but a brick fits nicely in them. Conversely a strip and Ispot or daisy chained tuner would work fine as well. IIRC I picked mine up for around 100 bucks. The newest gen looks good with molded plastic case and heftier hinges which is definitely the way Id go had this been an option when I bought mine.
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Anyhow, good luck. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

Oh yeah - last option, you could make one if you're into that DIY stuff. I have made a few everything from simple board+velcro+pwr strip & old brief case to two tiered ply wood cases. Plans all over the net if you're interested. Again, best of luck to you.
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Re: Are there any small powered boards?

Postby SmittyG » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:50 pm

Thanks--appreciate your time helping me out here.
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Re: Are there any small powered boards?

Postby aussiemark » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:48 pm

A DIY board made from ply cut to size, sprayed black, with 4 rubber feet attached, some velcro and a OneSpot power supply will cost under $50 and an hour's work, all up.
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Re: Are there any small powered boards?

Postby Rhian Batson » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:57 pm

SmittyG wrote:Thanks--appreciate your time helping me out here.


No problem Smitty. Thought I'd throw out all your options there. I am a fan of making pedal boards as most people have most everything you need out of the gate. We all usually have an old brief case or over the shoulder padded bag, power strip and an old board laying around. That leaves just velcro and a couple rubber footies to actually buy ... maybe some black spray paint or my grill paint if you want it to match, so all said n done, those three things would give keep you well under 20 bucks assuming you have the other parts and as Mark pointed out, even starting from scratch you should be able to make out under 50 for sure.

Boards are a fun project too. I have a small one I built to sit on top of my Rhodes that was super simple - just a velcro covered piece of plywood I had from another pedal board project, then everything else gets the male velcro and sticks. The power strip sticks onto the back side of the board and acts as a nice anchor to keep it balanced on the rounded top of the Rhodes.

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Let us know whatcha decide to do. Either way, something gear related to talk about is a good thing [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]
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Re: Are there any small powered boards?

Postby SmittyG » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:51 am

I'm probably the least DIY guy on the planet. Not only do I not have the scrap materials, I don't even have real tools. But I do have some friends who are into the woodworking thing so I might have some options that way. Still looking at the moment.
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Re: Are there any small powered boards?

Postby gregmon79 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:41 pm

Boss makes one to hold 3. But you could probably get 4 on it. Other than that, it may be hard to find an in between. Ever think of making one?? It may be relatively easy given the size you're after.
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