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    Hi all,
    is the Roland FV50H still the best lightweight non battery ,
    ie passive , vol pedal around ?

    its been a while since I used one
    and I'm gonna get back into it I think ...
    my old Ernie Ball is great but too big n heavy

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    If money was not an object, I would use one of these: OMNI LowPro (active/passive) - Goodrich Sound Volume Pedals

    as money is an object I use a Morley. Yes it does take 9v power.
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    I've been using Roland FV50H for over 15 years probably. Still my number one choice even after trying Ernie Ball etc. Can't beat the light weight durability etc. And cheap price especially used!
    I use it last in line as an overall level of my effects. Or back in the day in my Mesa Boogie amp in the effects loop as a level as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alder Statesman View Post
    If money was not an object, I would use one of these: OMNI LowPro (active/passive) - Goodrich Sound Volume Pedals

    as money is an object I use a Morley. Yes it does take 9v power.
    In the Morley range there is also the passive Mini-Pedal; EH also offer a passive pedal which although in plastic is very sturdy

    I prefer an optical pedal which is usually smoother, but calls for a power supply

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    my old Ernie Ball is great but too big n heavy
    when i had the same concern i switched from the regular size to the junior (VP JR). It is still on the heavy side, but smaller and lighter and provides the same comfort as it's bigger brothers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    Hi all,
    is the Roland FV50H still the best lightweight non battery ,
    ie passive , vol pedal around ?

    its been a while since I used one
    and I'm gonna get back into it I think ...
    my old Ernie Ball is great but too big n heavy
    I use the Ernie Ball VP JR. Good size, good weight, good sweep and most important, good tone (preserves the integrity of the guitar signal, like a quality guitar volume pot. Reasonably low treble loss wide open.)

    I have no experience with the Roland pedal, but with other volume pedals and I know they are different.

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    Depends on what you mean by "best" and "lightweight" ...

    The excellent Goodrich mentioned above is ~2lbs; Lehle makes a wonderful pedal that's ~3lbs, and Mission Engineering makes a great one at ~3lbs (weight according to their respective web sites). I have a Mission pedal that stays on my (small, lightweight) pedal board (with a tuner and few other pedals -- when I need them for certain gigs), and the board has a carrying case, so I'm fine.

    Let us know what you select!

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    my old Ernie Ball
    Volume pedal-56e76f27-a578-410e-b844-1a3eaa30c58c-jpg

    is 3lbs 7oz. ....

    id like to go as low weight as
    possible ...approx 1.5 lbs ?

    could anyone weigh their
    Boss FV50 for me ?

    i think that’ll be the lightest
    decent one (it’s plastic)

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    Goodrich 120 is pretty much the standard potentiometer type pedal in the steel guitar world. Goodrich Omni is getting real popular but is pricey, I think. There are others out there - the Hilton is real popular as is the Telonics.

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    I'm using this (Dunlop DVP4)


    along with my Helix Stomp as my "Fly Rig" in an old messenger bag- works great, tiny footprint but still stage-worthy and light.
    I can recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jads57 View Post
    I've been using Roland FV50H for over 15 years probably. Still my number one choice even after trying Ernie Ball etc. Can't beat the light weight durability etc. And cheap price especially used!
    I use it last in line as an overall level of my effects. Or back in the day in my Mesa Boogie amp in the effects loop as a level as well.
    whats the weight of the Roland FV50h please ?

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    Check Roland or Boss website. But they are probably 1lb at most. Takes a Lickin and keeps on ticking !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jads57 View Post
    Check Roland or Boss website. But they are probably 1lb at most. Takes a Lickin and keeps on ticking !
    thanks jads 1 lb is cool , thought so ....

    no weight specs on the site
    i’m afraid

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy View Post
    Depends on what you mean by "best" and "lightweight" ...

    The excellent Goodrich mentioned above is ~2lbs; Lehle makes a wonderful pedal that's ~3lbs, and Mission Engineering makes a great one at ~3lbs (weight according to their respective web sites). I have a Mission pedal that stays on my (small, lightweight) pedal board (with a tuner and few other pedals -- when I need them for certain gigs), and the board has a carrying case, so I'm fine.

    Let us know what you select!
    thanks for the tips Marc
    I think I'm going to go for a Boss FV50H

    because of the 1 lb weight and price

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    I'd recommend you look at this first. I'd want to determine 1st whether a high impedance or low impedance volume pedal was appropriate.

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    Yeah thanks , high z
    guitar > vol pedal > amp

    (interesting to find out why they make low z pedals tho)

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    So a few years back I thought I'd switch to a mini volume pedal.Big Mistake, my foot was way too big for it. I felt like Frankenstein Monster with that little thing,LOL!

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    I have a Boss FV-50H and from my perspective it’s the best volume pedal on market today. Cheap, light and non-battery operation. It’s a perfect choice of volume pedal.
    Have I found it yet? I said that but I didn’t knew it. Did I knew that I had found it yet? No, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Nevermind. Ok.

    -Pataphysical monologue based on Cartesian theory

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    I just weighed one of my FV-50H pedals on my kitchen scale, it comes in at 15 7/8 ounces, or 453 g.


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    Quote Originally Posted by grandstick01 View Post
    I just weighed one of my FV-50H pedals on my kitchen scale, it comes in at 15 7/8 ounces, or 453 g.
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    Thanks , I took my very old Ernie ball to a rehearsal yesterday
    Built like a tank and still works great !
    but weighs way too much .....
    so i just ordered a Roland FV50H
    we'll see how it measures up ....
    I'm hopefull

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    Sorry, I just saw this thread today. I have an FV-60 and it weighs a mere eight tenth of a pound. It's an old unit I bought used for a very reasonable price -- works like a charm. I don't know if it's different from an FV-50 (looks the same). I particularly like the Minimum Volume knob on the side of the pedal. Worth the price of admission alone!

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    Yeah got my new FV50H now ... Hurrah
    looks very similar to yours ....
    same weight too ....

    gonna try it out properly this week

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    Yeah thanks , high z
    guitar > vol pedal > amp

    (interesting to find out why they make low z pedals tho)
    Low after fx pedals, high before I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by garybaldy View Post
    Low after fx pedals, high before I think
    yeah
    guitar > hi z volume pedal > amp

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    I have been using the same Morley volume pedal for over 20 years now. Never had to replace anything on it. Not sure if the new ones are as rugged as mine, but might be worth checking out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    Yeah thanks , high z
    guitar > vol pedal > amp

    (interesting to find out why they make low z pedals tho)
    I *think* low z works well within an efx loop. But I can't remember for sure. I have the Ernie Ball that has an internal switch to select low or high, but I haven't used it in several years.

    I was doing a Tran-Siberian cover show with an orchestra, so I needed a pedal that wouldn't change my gain as I adjusted the vol up and down. But that was 3 yrs ago and I don't remember how/where I set it. But it worked

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitman View Post
    I'm using this (Dunlop DVP4)


    along with my Helix Stomp as my "Fly Rig" in an old messenger bag- works great, tiny footprint but still stage-worthy and light.
    I can recommend it.
    Been curious about these, just because I want something small for my pit orch board.

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    DOD mini volume? Not sure if it's any good, but it sure is small/light.
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    For aesthetics I use the boss volume pedal that matches the roland ev-5. Always good to have an ev-5 if you're deep in the pedal game. For a high end option check out the lehle volume pedal

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    So I used the Roland FV50h on a gig

    it worked great , I'm very pleased with it

    (Its got less travel than my very old full fat Ernie Ball
    which I still prefer , but it weighs a ton
    and I'm trying to get my rigs weight down)

    But I'll be using the Roland for sure .....
    Thanks everyone for the advice
    this place is great