Since the company began as a one-man start-up in 1999, Pedaltrain has become so ubiquitous with the pedalboard market that some stompbox manufacturers now factor the dimensions of Pedaltrain boards into their plans when they’re designing new products.
As successful as Pedaltrain is, though, it refuses to rest on its laurels. Back in January 2015, the NAMM Show saw the company discontinue its entire range and launch 11 new models, from the enormous 42×14.5-inch Terra right down to the smallest board in its range, the Pedaltrain Nano+.
Manufactured from airline-grade lightweight aluminium, as is the rest of the new range, the Nano+ benefits from having a new, narrower rail spacing system that’s designed to provide greater stability and adhesion for smaller pedals.
At 457 x 126mm, you also get an additional four inches of width to play with, compared to the previous Pedaltrain Nano, making it feasible to fit up to six standard compact effects on the board ± even more if you use mini-pedals. Another notable improvement for 2015 comes in the quality of the supplied soft case; it’s much more road-worthy than the previous iteration, with chunky metal zippers and strap clasps, tough padding and reinforced stress points.
The beauty of the Nano+ lies in its simplicity. Once you’ve added the supplied velcro to the board, it takes hardly any time at all to position your pedals and use a combination of the slatted design and the supplied bundle of zip ties to keep the wiring tidy. Add a small tin for pick storage and you’re good to go.
Pedaltrain’s own rechargeable Volto power supply is still the neatest solution for the Nano+, and it’s possible to position it in such a way that the power switch is accessible and the battery life indicator lights are visible through the rails. If you want to use a PSU that’s physically larger than the space beneath the Nano+ will allow, online research reveals numerous Pedaltrain modifications that people have made, from raising the height by using larger rubber feet to getting creative with a Dremel. It’s all part of the fun.
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