I have two. Should I buy a third?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bezo420, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. bezo420


    Aug 28, 2011
    The pedal in Question is the Electro Harmonix BassBalls. I have the old school NYC big box version and the black Russian version. I did a shootout at one point and they sounded identical (to me). I have the NYC version on my board for space reasons, because it's the smallest footprint. It's the only pedal I have had on every bass pedalboard I've ever used. I love it. I guess it's the simplicity of it, and the quirky fuzzy distortion switch that make it right for me. It was one of my first bass effects, and I don't see myself upgrading...

    Until I came across the nano version for cheap. I have heard (usually with Big Muffs) that the nano versions sound just like the big box pedals. I could use the space on a crowded board. Should I get a third BassBalls? Also, to those who have done the EHX big box vs nano shootouts, how do the smaller pedals fare?
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  2. Robertron


    Feb 12, 2010
    NewYork, NY
    Get it! If it fails the A/B test you might find the space savings more valuable anyway. If you pick it up from a chain store I'm sure youd have no problem returning it either.
  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Sure, buy the one you want, sell the others.:thumbsup:
  4. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    3 is more than 2 and more is better than less.

    Hit the Buy it Now button already.
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  5. Rev. Cornelius

    Rev. Cornelius Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
    This is TalkBass. Like we are really going to say "No, don't buy it. You have enough."
  6. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    I have two OC-2 pedals. When I find a third in a local shop I will grab it without hesitation. Come to think of it, why stop at three?
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  7. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Might have been mental, but I haven't liked the BB Nanos I've had as much as the big USA bois I've had (and still have)
  8. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    I have four Tech21 Leeds pedals and I say go for it!
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  9. I wish EHX would release a nano with polished aluminum like the older NYC ones :)

    And yes why not buy another? As previous posts have said you may save space for something else!
    Best wishes,
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  10. Ian McLaughlin

    Ian McLaughlin

    Aug 11, 2018
    No, don't buy it. You have enough.
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  11. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer

    Jun 3, 2009
    Los Osos, CA
    I have two. Should I buy a third?

    The real question should be, "is three going to be enough?"
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  12. Kevan Campbell

    Kevan Campbell Bergantino Artist, Vibe9 IEM Artist Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Two points:

    1. What would happen if you had two of those three on your board and had the option of stacking each other like a guitarist?

    2. I’m not going to say who but I have two of the exact same pedals from a popular pedal company, and both have had their footswitch die on my at shows after incredibly minimal usage (like one song per show or less over the course of a couple years). If I had a third one I could keep using that effect while the other two are being repaired.
  13. i also have the habit of buying multiples of gear that i'm fond of.
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  14. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Inactive

    Absolutely not. What would your significant other think if they knew you had 2 and were considering a 3rd?

    I don’t really feel this way, in fact I’d already have the 3rd, but someone had to say it, right?
  15. The Nano sound and feel very close but being analog once you start getting picky they all have variations. If you want smaller the Mooer Sweeper is a clone with the internal sweep controls outside. But once you tweak those sweep controls it ain't ever a stock BB anymore, still a sweet pedal but different.

    I keep hoping EHX would do a sexy graphic version or even a dual version of the Dr Q and BB.
  16. Dr. Gonzo82

    Dr. Gonzo82

    Jul 19, 2008
    I own 2, the big NYC and the nano. I bought the NYC version many years ago and when i tried it, I hated it. Put it away for five years and when I tried it again, I still hated it.

    Few years later again, I took it out again and tried distortion in front of it and that's when i fell in love with it.

    To my ears the nano and the big one don't sound exactly the same, and I prefer the older one but it's not that different.

    Try to get a used nano, it's small, doesn't cost a fortune and should you don't like it, you shouldn't lose a lot of money when selling it again and it's definitely more sturdy and better built than the NYC version.