Sooooo, how many of you here have stashes of FX pedals you aren’t using because they don’t fit on your pedalboards?! Don’t be shy, confess it! Me included, yes. I find myself swapping guitar pedals every month or so when I have this gig or that where a certain sound, or style is needed. What a pain!
The thing is that by pulling them out then in, there’s a certain degree of wear and tear applied to the jacks, cable strains, etc. that leads (if done often as me) to all sorts of surprises, like faulty connections, short circuits, fatigued jacks and the list goes on.
But what if you could fit ALL your pedals on a decent sized pedal board where they stay put, wired to your heart’s desire in a neat way, wide enough to comfortably fit an M13 true bypass switching strip? The Pedaltrain Grande (aka Pedaltrain 4) might just fit your bill… Literally!
What’s In The Package?
I was surprised to discover right out of the box how light the Pedaltrain Grande frame is. It weighs only about 8 lbs, despite its humongous dimensions (42″W x 16″ x 3.5″H). The frame, made of aluminum alloy (a durable and light material used in aerospace manufacturing) has an angled profile which will let you easily install the power supply boxes needed to power your pedals, such as the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power or Pedaltrain’s own PedalPower 1250 right underneath the frame.
Heavy Duty Flight Case
The flight case has all the qualities of a professional tour-grade case. It has low profile wheels on one side so you can easily cart it (believe me, you need the wheels on a case this size), recessed lockable latches, gunmetal grey exterior (that averages 10 degrees cooler than common black), and my favorite, sturdy handles. Why favorite? Because those are the first to go if they are flimsy and thin as you find on most of the cases!
The case measures 50″ x 20″ x 9″ and weighs 37 Lbs.
Recessed lockable latches approved by TSA – Raise your hands those of you who have nightmares of a greasy hands dude opening your case just to see what’s inside and even touching, or worst… Relax, these hard cases feature ProStageGear‘s own created recessed lockable latches, to be used with TSA approved locks. Your nightmares are no more. You can go to bed now. Sweet dreams!
Heavy duty low profile wheels – Chances are that your Pedaltrain Grande might gain a few extra pounds after you add all your pedals. The good folks at ProStageGear mounted low profile wheels to one end of the case, making a breeze to walk!
Battleship grey exterior color – Everyone knows it. You can easily turn a black exterior flight case into a portable oven if left out in the sun! Just think of your precious pedals cooking in there! While you should NEVER leave your instrument case out in direct sun, with a grey colored exterior, the interior temperature will averages 10 degrees cooler than with most common black exterior cases.
Seriously Strong Handles – This one is my favorite because one could argue that the handles on a instrument case are the most critical features. There’s no use to have a sturdy flight case with flimsy handles on it. After all, the handles are the ones that carry the total weight, isn’t it? Flight case makers are so caught up in the details of creating the perfect case that they fail to build a reliable handle! The handles on this case are made of thicker diameter metal rod than the usual you would find on others.
Plenty of Velcro and cable ties – to strap your pedals and yourself to the frame. The Velcro is pretty powerful, and it firmly adheres to the pedals and frame. This way you can easily reposition your pedals layout any time with ease, assuring that you’ll have a solid grip on each of them.
Power supply mounting brackets – to mount your power supply of choice right under the board, saving board surface room, and neatly rout your cables underneath it.
Overall I will have to give this one a five star review since it really has some pretty freaking awesome characteristics! It’s Grande! (I had to say it).