"The other day, they released photos from Royal Albert Hall and the last show of Rattle That Lock tour. There was David Gilmour on stage, and a guitar pedal I would recognize anywhere – Boonar was on his stage pedalboard! What a spectacular ending of a tour, what fantastic news for our company! "more
> Welcome back to ProGuitarShop and ToneReport.com. Today, we're taking a drink from the Boonar by Dawner Prince Electronics. The Boonar multi-head drum echo is a no-holds-barred reimagining of the Binson Echorec, featuring a proprietary DSP that leaves no feature out. Six knobs adorn the Boonar for a fully-customizable Echorec experience. These six controls cover every facet of a vintage Echorec, from tone and repeat level knobs, to input control and swell controls. There's even a Drum Age control on the top of the pedal that lets users dial in the miscalibration of a well-used older unit, introducing all the lush modulation and quirks that go along with it. All four playback heads are accessible with the four illuminated push-button switches on the face of the unit, for 16 multi-dimensional combinations. Plus, the Drum Speed overcomes the original unit's limits with a versatile 40-1000ms delay range. The Swell footswitch siphons off signals from all four heads for a reverb-like tone that drips and swirls into beautiful self-oscillation. When opening up the Boonar, users will find a Dry Volume trimpot for matching the pedal to the incoming signal, as well as DIP switches to switch between True Bypass and Trails modes, as well as Vintage and Modern modes. Each Boonar is hand-crafted in Croatia and built to withstand the road much better than an actual Echorec. I'm actually really proud because I am from Croatia and he reviewed Croatian pedal. :)more
I've always wondered why there aren't more pedals on the market aimed at capturing the fabled sound of the Binson Echorec, but having tried out the ones that are out there, I'd wager the answer is 'we don't know how to get that sound'. Catalinbread, Gurusamps, even TC Electronic have given it a go, and while their results sound incredible (I'd love an Echosex personally), they don't really sound anything like the actual unit (the Echosex sounds to my ears more like an old analog delay like a Memory Man). Naturally, then, I was sceptical going into the Dawner Prince Boonar.
It took about thirty seconds for that scepticism to drain away.
This pedal is the real deal, folks. All the luscious ambience, all the hidden rhythmic delights, all the beautiful transients in the oscillation and sense of grand, unending space are all in this little unit the size of an MXR pedal, and a bunch of modern conveniences have been added. There's around a full second of max delay time on the fourth head if you want it. You've also got control over modulation, individual switches for each head to allow you to make your own combos, input control to drive the FETs just like the classic unit, switchable true/trails bypass, and even the ability to switch between a modern impedance and the 'classic' impedance of the original, which lends the pedal a more Lo-Fi sound.
And those modern conveniences are great; the extra delay time gives you more scope to get rhythmic with your delays, and it lends itself to a much wider range of sounds. Once I've spent more time with it I fully intend to make the most use out of everything it has to offer. But it's early days yet, and my favourite sound is still setting the drum speed for the classic Echorec times, grabbing a fuzz, and taking myself to that Gilmourish nirvana that we all love.
Get this pedal, guys. It's worth the money, and you could have ten of them for how much a fully functional 2T7E would set you back.