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If you could buy one delay pedal with the requirement that it has to be fairly straightforward to use (no crazy Strymon computers) and needs to cost $200 or less... is there any reason not to go with a Carbon Copy? I've never used one in person and it's hard to hear the differences between digital and analog in YouTube vids...
 

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The CC implements pretty much every best practice in analog delays, accumulated over the last 40 years. Hard to go wrong with it. They make 'em in mini-pedal form now. So, to answer your question: no, there is no sound reason NOT to go with it. And if you live in the right sort of municipality, you may be able to snag one second hand for a good price.
 

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Carbon Copy. Although if it's just slapback you're after, the JHS Milkman is just for that, and has the bonus of an adjustable boost button. Handy if you have no other means to boost. I think you'd have to find used in order to get under $200.
 

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Carbon Copy Deluxe.

Tap tempo
Subdivisions
Bright mode
Fully adjustable, switchable modulation

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I’ve gone through my share of delays and currently use a Strymon Volante and the delays in the Fractal FX8 and Kemper Profiler.

My faves include Diamond Memory Lane jr. for its simplicity and great delays and the TC Electronic Flaskback for it’s flexibility and wide range of available delays including the TonePrint technology.

Both of these units are good bangs for the buck especially the Flashback.
 

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I've seen Wampler Faux Tapes and TC NovaDelay's for $150-ish. Other good delays, too, in that range.

But nothing wrong with the CC and DD's - I've seen them even cheaper, used.
 

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I have had a boss dd-3 for so long that I won't need any other pedal.

I use it for one pink Floyd setting and it's great.

I have rack delays that I can insert into if need be.
 

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I've been using an old Truetone H2O pedal (delay plus chorus) for many years now.

If you don't need tap tempo, it might be worth considering.

New unit price at L&M is about $249, but there are lots of used ones around for well under $200.
 

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The Danelectro Fab Echo can often be bought for under $25. It is set for one specific delay time, but if a person is handy with a soldering iron, it only takes a very simple mod to get it to provide a wide range of delay times up to around a half a second. It's the same digital delay chip that just about every delay under $120 retail uses. I know people look down their noses at the plastic enclosures, but those suckers are sturdy. Just another choice.
 

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned a Line 6 Echo Park or DL4. You can probably get those for under $200 used. Or the M5 has all the same sounds and more for less than $200 new.

But if I were you, I'd spend a few extra bucks and get the Carbon Copy Deluxe so that you can get the bright switch, tap tempo, and more control over the modulation. (Delay with modulation is really cool and can fill out the sound in a great way, so don't overlook the mod!)
 

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Moog no longer makes guitar pedals so the one I am thinking of would likely be well under $200 in the used market.
The MF-Delay was/is an amazing sounding analogue delay with rich, warm tones and easy controls that just work well for guitarists.
In my estimation it is the very best analogue delay ever made for that price-point and footprint.
They didn't sell a ton of them, which is most likely why they no longer make them so finding one in the used market will be more difficult than finding a Carbon Copy but if you can, it will be worth the effort.
 

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I would try to demo the carbon copy next to a dm-2w (also analog) and a dd-6 (digital) and go with the one you think sounds best. I always found the CC a little too dark, and the dm-2w in custom mode is perfect for my ears. I also think a lot of people believe they need analog delay when a dd-6 would do exactly what they need and sound great.
 
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