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Harley Benton PowerPlant - power supply for FX pedals, 8x 9V DC (500 mA), 1x 12V DC (500 mA) and 1x 12V AC (500 mA) outputs, incl. cable set (black cables app. 50 cm, colored cables app. 30 cm), dimensions: 16,5 x 8,5 x 5,0 cm
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Ah Harley Benton, I'm finding a new addiction to their products. Reliable and to the point. I always have huge admiration for any company that can offer me an option that just works and this is another example of such a thing. The Harley Benton PowerPlant is a cheap and sound option for any musician that wants the constant ring of their chorus or BAWLLS of their octave. Over the past few gigs I've used with it I have only 2 problems with it.
1. It's to damn big 2. Renders my entire board useless when I plug my EHX Bass Balls in (However I think that is due to the old wiring of the pedal due to it being from the 70's).
The first point is basic but i feel is vaild. I have this mounted on my Gator pedal board which I know has it's own power supply purpously designed for the board but the price difference between the 2 boards obviously made me sway towards the HB. The size has it taking up 1/4 of my board which leaves little space to expand with new pedals which I do want to aquire. how can this be sorted? Well if you have a board like I do then if the supply was slimmed down a touch it would have fit comfortably at the back of my board which would have been ideal. I small change but can make a huge difference between 5 pedals and 7.
Finally the second point isn't really an issue by any means or a deal breaker but more of a warning that the HB PowerPlant might be incapable of correctly powering older pedals such as my EXH Bass Balls. So be mindful if you do order this if it will work.
In a nut shell the Harley Benton PowerPlant is another one of those little musical mircles that just works! It comes with a healthy suppy of power cables and a european kettle lead (Oh thats another point, Thomann should list an option for the product to come with a UK kettle lead instead of the standard European one). Be mindful when ordering if you mainly use older pedals. If you use modern EHX, Behringer and/or Boss you should be more than happy with this. I recommend this to any friends with a huge pedal board and loads of new pedals as for my friends with small boards and a taste for the vintage effects I say look else where. Even though this supply may work fine for Daft Punk it hasn't got a whole lotta love for Lepplin.
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TerryR on 15.05.2013
Most of the basic components in this power supply seem of good quality but in typical Chinese fashion it falls down on the assembly. The soldering is a bit rough in places. The case is made from quite thin low quality steel just held together with tack welds at the corneers and has started to rust under the low quality paint job. It appears to have a voltage selection through a covered switch, but the switch in fact is not connected to anything. That said it is about the cheapest multi-output supply (non-isolated outputs) you can buy for effect pedals and so far it has worked just fine on my pedal board. Like all Thomann electrical products it is supplied with a continental two pin mains lead. I don't know why they can't organise 3 pin leads for their UK customers.
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