What’s up guys!
My friends at Tapestry Audio sent me a Bloomery Volume Pedal a couple months back. I have been using it on my board for a while now, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all.
First off, this is going to totally sound like a cheese-ball endorsement thing to say, but I promise you that it’s genuine. I really never thought I would love a volume pedal as much as I love the Bloomery. It’s simple. It’s beautiful. And the volume sweep is perfect. Plus it’s heavy (2.7 lbs), which to me just makes me feel like it’s invincible, and if need be I could use it to defend myself in close quarter combat, so it's got that going for it too.
But why should you go with the Bloomery over some of the other volume options out there? I mean after all, it just turns your volume up and down, right?
In my experience, VPs don’t do a whole lot more than just what the name entails. But for a lot of people, especially guys that play in churches and/or ambient groups, a volume pedal is an essential piece of their rig. So even though the volume pedal doesn’t do anything overly exciting, it is important to have one that fits your specific need.
Like most guitar players, I was an avid Ernie Ball Volume pedal user for many years. I’ve used some other brands and styles of vp, but I always came back to the good ol’ EBjr. They have always been pretty reliable units. The only issues I have ever experienced have been a string wearing out and breaking after several years of constant use.
And while replacing the string is a cheap and relatively easy fix, it can be an incredibly frustrating thing to deal with.
That’s the first thing I really like about the Tapestry Audio Bloomery. Instead of using a string and pulley system like the EBvp’s, it uses a slide potentiometer and a direct shaft drive to control the volume sweep.
What does that mean? If you know, please tell me. All I know, and all you really need to know is that you don’t have to worry about a string fraying and wearing out, and that this thing isn’t going to crap out on you in the middle of a set. Neat, right!?
Another reason why the Bloomery is working extremely well for me right now is the size of this pedal. The Bloomery dimensions are 7.8" x 2”
Quite a bit smaller than the EBjr which measures in at 10” x 3.5”. I'll put some pictures below to show the size difference between the Bloomery, EB Volume, and the EBJr.
But is size that big of a deal for a VP? Honestly, for guys with bigger boards, probably not. But for others, myself included, who use smaller boards it definitely can be!
I use a (12” x 24”) board, so it benefits me a good deal. A little bit of space goes a long way sometimes when you want to fit everything into a small space. In fact, I wouldn’t be able to fit the pedals I use right now if it weren’t for the compactness of the Bloomery!
The last thing that makes the Bloomery a winner in my book, is it has a very wide range of motion, which gives me uber control of my volume. This probably probably isn’t accurate, but to me it feels like there is almost twice the range in the Bloomery sweep than with the other volume pedals I have used.
It takes a hot minute to get used to, but once you get the hang of the Bloomery sweep, it’s hard to imagine using anything different.
I know that the price point of the Bloomery turns a lot of people off. Which is reasonable. But for whatever my opinion is worth, this is an investment pedal that really is worth every penny. If you find yourself using certain kinds of effects more than others in your playing, you want those effects to be of the highest quality. Your volume pedal definitely shouldn’t be an exception to that rule.
So do yourself a favor check out the Bloomery, and all the other sweet pedals the guys at Tapestry Audio are building. You won’t regret it!
- Austin White