Below is an old photo of my performance pedal board.
I was running a Pedaltrain Pro frame. About 32 inches wide and 16 inches deep. The frame was loaded with two Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 units to provide power to eleven pedals. I had swapped out the Diamond Memory Lane analog delay for a Strymon Timeline and I added a Midi Mouse controller to drive the Timeline for patch changes.
Thirteen pedals. Roughly sixty pounds of weight.
I sent the following email to my wife. I was in San Francisco.
From: Richard Cleaver
Date: Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM
Subject: Back pain
To: Lorraine Cleaver
Worst case of back pain since before I started working with Nino
I could barely sleep as the pain was so intense. This morning I can barely stand or walk!
I had taken a redeye flight to San Francisco and I injured my back during the air travel. And I have paid the price over the past five weeks. The pain has only just started to subside.
Back to the pedalboard. It is the single heaviest item in my rig. It is large and difficult to move. With a history of back problems, I decided that it was time to leverage a minimalist rig for most of what I do on a weekly basis.
My tone comes primarily from my hands, then the guitar and then the amp. The effects enhance that tone. I play primarily with stacked overdrives and delays. I took a hard look at the board and pared things to their essence.
I was able to bring the board down to the following:
One Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 lurks underneath the board. Three overdrives — Tim, Full-Drive 2 and an OCD. Strymon Timeline for delays. The Timeline provides a dozen different delay machines so it is really all the delay I need for performance work. A tuner and a volume pedal. Seven pedals instead of thirteen. All on a Pedaltrain JR board that measures 17 inches wide by 12.5 inches deep. Less than half the size of the big board and under twenty pounds. I wired up the power to the board last night. I will finish the signal wiring tonight.