Members markmann Posted June 12, 2006 Members Share Posted June 12, 2006 I thought I'd share some info for those who may have wondered about this. There are obviously many ways to attach pedals to a pedalboard but in my case I change my arrangement often so need a method that allows interchangeability. In the past I've used metal tabs that scewed into the pedal and then to the board, I've used straps and even scewed effects down directly but I ended up with velcro as the best method so far. That said I know that many folks use the short indoor/outdoor loop or carpet designed for speaker cabinets and claim to have had good results. I also know that certain pedalboard manufacturers use similar carpet for attaching pedals but I've been skeptical of how good it really is so I did a little test over the weekend. I compared veltex, AKA velcro loop material against several carpets that people have said worked well. The best of the bunch I tried was from Home Depot and is sold as indoor/outdoor and comes in three colors - gray, blue and green. For the test I used a piece of standard 3/4 inch hook material from the local hardware and stuck it to the carpet as well as the veltex. Both stuck and held very well. I then pulled off and restuck in the same spot over and over while counting. What I found was that after repeating the attach and unattach process to the carpet there was a very noticable decrease in holding power after ten times. After fifteen times there was almost no holding power at all. When I performed the same process with the Veltex it never lost it's holding power even after approximately 30 times and is where I stopped. So I concluded that whether I'm going to plunk down my hard earned cash to buy a board or spend my valuably time to build one it's going to have Veltex on it. I know that Velcro hook and loop can be expensive but if you look around you can find the Veltex material in sheet form relatively cheap. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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