As of today I have two delays on my board. I've had one of the new Deluxe Memory Man delays for a year or two and just added a TC Electronic Nova Delay with the IB Modification available when you order through Sweetwater or Pro Guitar Shops. I have to say that I love it... so far as I can tell. It's a very tricky pedal to get the hang of but the variety of tones, not just delays, is fantastic. And running a delay in stereo is a ton of fun! The modified version is a limited run but there are still plenty in stock at Sweetwater and they are actually cheaper than the standard versions. A rep from TC told me that this is because people didn't buy them as quickly as expected and the low price is really just an exit strategy for the retailer rather than a clue to the pedal's lesser quality. Quite the opposite, really. The pedal has an upgraded, analog input buffer as well as better components that result in a tighter low end and overall better clarity.
Other delays I checked out were the TC Electronic Flashback and Alter Ego delays and the Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazari and the Deluxe Memory Boy. The TC Stuff sounded awesome and met most of my criteria but had just a few shortcomings that made me want to step up to the Nova for only a little bit more money. The Memory Man with Hazari doesn't seem to do anything that the Nova can't do and it is harder to navigate, less versatile, doesn't save presets, and costs more. The Deluxe Memory Boy is an AMAZING pedal. The feedback loop is something that I really wish the Nova had but it isn't essential, really. Before I looked at the Nova I was impressed by the Deluxe Memory Boy's tap tempo and built in subdivisions and was happy to find that the Nova had the same features. I probably would have sprung for the Deluxe Memory Boy but the thing I was really looking for in a pedal was stereo inputs and outputs so the absence of those was a deal breaker.
The Pigtronix Echolution is a pedal I was very impressed with but it got crossed off the list before I even really played around with it because of the lack of stereo ins. The T-Rex Replica is another that just sounded fantastic -- almost made me say to hell with this stereo rig thing -- but in the end I had to pass on it. The Eventide Time Factor had my attention for a bit because it is just so damn tweak-able but I really dislike the harsh digital edge to the sound. Plus it has features I knew I wouldn't use like the looper and the midi capabilities which really contribute to the high price. The Strymon Timeline, on the other hand, looks like an amazing delay pedal in that same price range but I couldn't find a way to try it out so I couldn't seriously consider it. But the YouTube demos I saw made it sound like an absolutely phenomenal unit.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Nova. It has everything I wanted with none of the things I didn't want to pay for. I've spent the whole day in front of my two amps listening to those beautifully colored delays ping ponging all around. Combined with my Deluxe Memory Man, I have really wonderful, thick, long sustain that goes on forever.
So, I don't want this thread to be all about me and my good fortune with this pedal. What delay units are you particularly interested in? Which ones do you own?
Last edited by Dyens on Mon May 14, 2012 6:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.