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BBE Sound Inc. Boosta Grande (Boosta Grande V2)

By MGR/MattG, 27/12/2009
Mine is the older style BBE Boosta Grande with the Blue and White paint and not with the orange and the picture of the bull. It has a simple button switch with one knob for level.

I purchased this pedal from an ebay store about a year ago and I paid about $60. I needed this pedal for a nice clean boost. I shopped for several pedals including some of the more expensive like Xotic, MXR, AC and RC boost but reviews were unanimous that the extra money was not worth it.

The simplicity of the pedal is great as most boost pedals are. It only has the on/off switch and a single knob to adjust the level of boost. The boost works nicely for a low level clean patch and also bumps lead patches up when you need the extra volume for a solo.

This is where I disagree with many of the other reviews on this pedal. The pedal claims to give you up to 20dB of clean boost meaning that it changes only the volume of the patch you are using and not the tone. This is the case when your level is set between 2 and 4, but if your boost is set 5 or above, the tone is significantly changed. It either robs some from the tone or for some patches adds things to it. The added tones probably come from the boosted level but losing tone is another problem. In a clean setting the boost seems to boost only the mids and not the lows and highs. Since it is supposed to only boost the signal this doesn't make sense.

The quality of the pedal is more than adequate. It is in the same case that most of the BBE pedals are. It has not given me any problems in the last year.

Bottom line the pedal does do its job but I don't think that it does what it says it can do. It may be able to give 10dB 'clean' boost but I think twenty is wishful thinking. If you are not as concerned with tone this pedal will give you the volume you need, but if tone is a major concern you should probably spend the extra money and get a pedal that has an on-board EQ or just a higher end single button boost.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Bad rendition of a classic pedal (Freq Boost)

By severinsteel, 22/06/2012
Nothing special here: Input, output, power jack, power indicator, stomp switch, battery compartment, volume knob. Overall a very very simple pedal. No midi, or anything out of the ordinary.

UTILIZATION

So not commenting on the sound quality at all, this is as simple a design as you can possibly muster up. Anything with only a volume knob is extremely easy to implement. Probably the most complex aspect of the pedal is the packaging. It reminds me of Apple packaging; very artistic in layout. My only real gripe in this department is how big the pedal is for it's limited control layout. It's way too big for such a simple pedal. Pedal board real-estate is generally at a premium so I see no need for this.

SOUND QUALITY

Ok, so this is where the pedal really falls short. It does not sound good! Treble boosters are to be honest, a kind of pedal for the yesteryear. 'Modern' overdrives and distortions have sort of taken over. But, for that Brian May sound, it's sort of necessary. But yes, this pedal does not sound good at all. And yes, I used it in front of several different tube amps, from clean to slightly overdriven. BBE should have given you a frequency control so you could actually choose which frequency you boosted. I could not get a good sound out of this pedal no matter what I tried.

OVERALL OPINION

Well, I got mine for a great deal practically brand new; now I know why. I didn't try before I bought cause the price was right. Build quality was there, packaging was nice, but the pedal just sucked. BBE should probably stick to what they do best: Sonic Maximizers. This pedal was discontinued and for good reason.
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