If the launch of the new Almost Famous blog took a while longer than planned, it’s because thoe nice folk at Dawsons Music were kind enough to send us the Dr Tone DLY101 Analog Delay Pedal to play with, and we’ve been having a bunch of fun with it ever since.
[NOTE: This is an archived post from Almost Famous, a music blog I ran from 2012-2013]
Solid and sturdy, the DLY101’s thick, retro design wonderfully characterises the kind of sound you’re going to get from it; a beautifully thick, warm, almost vintage tone that’s hard to match on much else that this writer has used in a long while.
Indeed, there’s much to like here, and not just because it comes in quite an awesome package which makes the thing a joy to have in your possession the moment you grasp it.
No, one of the main things to praise here, and so should be the case, is what it can do.
Sounding resplendent in just about every environment, the time and repeat dials can be twisted and tweaked to such an extent that you can manipulate your sound to fit just about any style, situation or setting you’re going for.
Yet where this thing really triumphs is in the dual delights of its simplicity, and yes, the cost.
One of our main goals at Almost Famous is supporting young artists, the up and coming new bands, the teenage musicians still mastering their first guitar, the beginners with boundless enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, those kind of people.
For that market especially, this really is an excellent bit of kit and a worthwhile investment.
Clocking in on the cash register at just £35, you’re unlikely to find anything like this, especially packing in such quality, for anything less, so for young aspiring guitarists still clawing together a couple of quid for their first pedal, this represents a damn good deal.
What’s more, this is such an incredibly simple bit of kit to get to grips with. Three simple controls, a nice, rich, invigorating tone and a steal of a price and what we’ve got here is a pedal that’s an absolute must for young musicians, or really any budding guitarist still learning their craft and looking for an easy-to-use pedal to take their guitar playing a step further.
Like the sound of that? The Dr Tone DLY101 Analog Delay Pedal is available from Dawsons Music at: http://www.dawsons.co.uk/dr-tone-dly101-analog-delay-pedal (not an affiliate link)