Diago Sprinter review

Diago Sprinter an ultra-portable, lightweight mini-board with soft case.

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Pedalboards don’t come much simpler than the Sprinter. Though Diago also manufactures hardcase boards that measure more than a metre in width, the diminutive Sprinter comes in a nylon gigbag and is designed to hold four standard compact stompboxes, six mini ones or a combination of both types. The board itself is high-density fibreboard with loop carpet on one side and six, non-slip rubber feet on the other. On a varnished wooden floor, the Sprinter proves less mobile when unloaded than the fully-loaded Mooer M6. So far, so good, then.

The setup that we assembled for testing purposes utilised a daisy chain out of the Boss TU-2 to power the other stompboxes, with an off-board adaptor powering the TU-2. On a flat pedalboard design such as this, where there’s nowhere to hide cabling, you will inevitably get the spaghetti effect, but this is easy enough to keep under control using velcro cable ties. One of the deeper boards on test, the Sprinter coped with the Morley M2 Mini Volume with minimal overhang. Some players might prefer a wedge shape to a flat board, but ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

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The supplied bag is reasonably well padded; it’s not the most robust design of all those on test here, with plastic rather than metal shoulder strap clasps, though there is an internal pocket to house cables, batteries, strings and other ephemera, which will come in handy when gigging.

Whether you are looking for a compact alternative to your main board or a gateway into the world of pedalboard obsession, the Sprinter represents a straightforward and effective choice.

Price £39.99 Contact www.jhs.co.uk

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