A few years ago, I was perusing a popular guitar-related forum when I came across a post about a particular pedal, and how people were waiting up to three years to get one. I remember at the time that I’d never do that, and I kept to my word; at least until I got on the list to get a Timmy Overdrive. That wait will only be about 6 months, and since I wasn’t in a rush, AND I didn’t have to give Paul Cochrane a down payment, it was a no-brainer putting my name on the list; especially after poring over reviews and sound clips and speaking with Paul directly. There’s other equipment out there that has a long waiting list as well. Analogman’s King of Tone is over a year long. The Faustine Phantom waiting list has been over a year for people who got on the earlier lists (though apparently Tim now has a new production partner and his production times are supposedly going down).
What prompted me to put out this question was that I was thinking about my Timmy on order. Then I thought: What was the impetus for getting on a waiting list? To be completely honest, I’m not sure. But probably a big reason was that I didn’t have to take any financial risk by giving Paul a down payment. Plus, the pedal’s only $129 shipped so it’s kind of hard to go wrong. I _might_ do the same with the King of Tone, but I’m really not sure I’d wait a year or more for a pedal. I guess for me, there has to be a good balance between wait time and financial risk.