Price paid: $ 24.99
Purchased from: Lanham Music
Sound — 7
I use this with a Fender CD-160E/12 acoustic-electric guitar. My signal goes from the guitar into a Digital Delay and then into this pedal. When practicing at home, the signal goes to a Dean M-16 practice amp. When gigging, it goes into either a Peavey Escort 2000 SRS (if I provide my own), or into the house system. I have not noted noise but I use short, heavy guage patch cables. While the FX are not as good as from dedicated stomp boxes of those types, they work for me. Since I write a lot of my own material, I'm not concerned with trying to sound like a certain artist as much as I'm concerned with whether or not a given effect works for the song.
Overall Impression — 6
I call my style "Psychedelic Country Gospel" and find this unit very well suited to my needs. I have been playing for over 12 years. See above remarks for other gear owned. While I like this unit as being great for the price, if it was lost or stolen, I probably would not purchase another. The procedure for changing batteries is an invitation for problems with the unit down the road. Next time. I'll probably come up with the extra $$ for some DigiTech or Boss pedals.
Reliability & Durability — 7
If I was into an aggressive style of playing or performing, durability would be an issue. But this unit is responsive so a light tap on the footswitch is sufficient to take the signal in or out. Several years ago I used an Arion Chorus that lasted me for over five years and was still functional when I purchased a DOD Multi-FX unit. That Arion box was less substantial than the construction of this. The battery location and installation procedure are an invitation to breakage however.
Ease of Use — 9
Very easy to use, only four knobs: level, parameter 1, parameter 2, and FX. No patches to edit, just knobs to adjest. FX changes the settings between Pitch Shifter, Tremolo, Delay, Phaser, Chorus, and Flanger. No manual, just a small instruction sheet. The drawback here is that to change type of effect from say, phaser to flanger, you have to adjust the knob to that FX type.