For many years now I've been talking (mostly to myself... oh that's another post...) about building a pedal board. I have a bunch of pedals on the floor next to my Hughes and Kettner amp. When ever I'm off playing I normally just take those I really really need. But that is a pain and unpluging, setting up, breaking down, resetting up at home etc. is a pain... and they "wander" over the floor, under the hifi unit etc.
So finally I'm in the process of sorting out a pedal board. Might take a while as I have a list of household chores to do as long as my arm but anyway I'm up and running.
First steps... I drew out a plan on some old scrap wall paper to get the size I need and check layout etc. I then thought I really need to finally get the compressor I've wanted. So I left a space on plan - went onto the computer and one of those "weekly deal" emails from a company I'd previously bought for had landed in my inbox, I opened it half expecting to hit the usual "delete" straight away and there was... a used but good condition Boss CS3 - just what I wanted, about half price. Before you can say "What is the password for my Paypal account" it was being dispatched :-)
I looked at some additional cables, needed due to the compressor being added and a layout change from how I've cabled up previously and I thought I'd try out the Planetwaves Solderless Pedal Board cable kit after looking about and seeing a couple of YouTube reviews of it. It was marginally cheaper on price than getting some cables made up but I was more attracted to the ability to get a cable just the length I wanted not 2cm too short or 27cm too long. I'll be reviewing this as part of this project too. I also ordered an additional 9volt daisy chain power distribution cable. The one I ordered (which arrived the next day!) is much better quality and design than the Boss ones I already have, the lengths are longer between plugs which'll be better for the non-Boss pedals I've got on the board.
So ... stay tuned as this takes shape....