There are many other suitable echo units/pedals out there and some of them are better than my DD-3.
The Boss met my needs though and recreates the sound I have on our records so I looked no further.
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Other analogue equipment, like tube preamps, does make sense, but as the digital effects get better, there's not all that much to gain by spending tons of $ on analogue equipment.
The long and the short of it is, that analogue equipment is cool, but often costs too much and is unreliable.
Many purists go on about the necessity of recording on tape, but that's nonsense.
Recording on tape has very, very little to do with achieving a vintage sound, and does nothing that you couldn't achieve by running the recording through an equalizer or other effects.
Here's a picture of my "live" settings for the Boss DD-3.Still, live I don't see why there should be any difference, if you set your amp right.Recording: Nowadays most recording take place in the digital domain (Remember that the microphone itself, will always be analogue).It doesn't have to be vintage at all, but they do look pretty cool. The distortion (which is where you get the right sound from) changes dramatically with change of volume.Actually I started out playing a vintage Vox AC 30 and it wasn't bad at all. That's very impractically when you play live, where you have to adjust the volume after the size and acoustics of the place where you playing.Here's a page with photos of some actual recording sheets (for "Anyhow" among others) where you can see how the Sans Amp was set. The Sans Amp GT2 pedal was made to be used as a line-in effect between a guitar and a mixer (hence the name; "Sans Amp" which means "Without amp").