Members spaceshot Posted January 25, 2007 Members Share Posted January 25, 2007 Alright, so I buy a pedal from a reputable mom and pop dealer, it was part of a semi large order, I dropped some cash, and inquired about another few items that I would soon be filling this dealers cash drawer with. Well, excellent service, good price, no complaints. Something doesn't quite look or sound right with one of the pedals- my good friend has same pedal- I was impressed so I bought one. This pedal sounds like a sterile ass (which actually would be a good thing on a female) and it looks like it was spray painted in a garage, where as my friends looks like a mass produced, automated finishing process. I e-mailed the builder and asked whats up? He asks for the serial number and it turns out the pedal I just purchased as new was three to four years old. And on top of that it was indeed one of his early creations, you know, garage, trial and error, limited funds. I inform the dealer of this and he informs me "Pedals are not bread, they don't go stale sitting on a shelf." I pointed out the finish flaws and how the builder insisted any pedal with a flawed finish should be sold as a second, and appropriately discounted. The dealer came back with: who the hell cares what it looks like, its the sound that counts. And there he had it. It sounds no where as good as my friends, and being that it is designed around germanium transistors, I highly doubt the builder was using the same batch of germaniums four years ago as today. I am a quiet reserved guy, I have very little nerve, and this dealer made me feel like a complete dick, like I was being an asshole over a scratch in the paint. He must have forgotten the part where the serial# indicated it was quite a few years old. Sorry for the rant, long story short, the builder, Joel Weaver, of homebrew electronics is a stand up guy and a smart business man. He was overly willing to lose one old pedal to gain a new customer. The other dude is a loser. He took a good chunk of change, placed an order for another nice chunk of change in the coming weeks, and flushed it down the toilet by making me feel like a dick for merely telling him the flawed pedal he sold me at full price was a good three to four years old. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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