In this post we are
exploring the Tapestry Audio Bloomery Volume pedal. While it can be little less
exciting to talk about a volume pedal, this one is the exception. One reason I
am really excited about this pedal is that I don’t feel like I will have to
replace it in eight months. The build on this one is really solid and it feels
good under your foot. It does take a little getting used to having such a small
surface compared to the Ernie ball Jr. The other slight draw back is that this
pedal doesn’t fit great in the middle of your board. I found if I moved it to
one side of my board I was able to angle my foot in a way that I could get a
sung fit without hitting other pedals.
If you’ve spent much
time looking at volume pedals, you’ve probably heard a lot of complaints about
tone loss and fixing strings. The active Bloomery steers away from both of
these criticisms. Clocking in at 2.7 lbs this pedal has rugged sturdy design
that is ready to pass the test of time. The design avoids the use of those
pesky strings which means I don’t have to live in fear 6 months down the road
wondering with each set if this will be the one where the string breaks. The
active version of this pedal allows you a tuner out option without any tone
loss, another constant problem with other volume pedals. Overall the design and
execution of this pedal is top notch and well done.
I want to take a minute and speak to the size of this pedal.
At 7.8”x2.25” compared to the popular Ernie Ball’s 10”x3.5” I was able to add
another pedal on my board. While this was less friendly to my wallet my tone
was thankful for the addition.
The sweep and feel of the pedal is really nice. It took a
little time to get used to it, but now it feels very natural. The Pedal goes a
little past 90 degrees, and on an angled board like mine this is a welcomed
feature. There is a nice amount of resistance in the sweep which helps to even
out my swells. We will see if this remains true overtime or if it will loosen
up like other volume pedals I have owned.
While this pedal comes with a high price tag, I feel it is
well worth the extra money. The peace of mind that comes with “no strings
attached” is worth it alone. I also feel it is nice to invest my money one
time, rather than on an $80 volume pedal every other year. Overall the Tapestry
Audio Bloomery Volume gets a 10/10 two thumbs up review.