Price paid: £ 20
Purchased from: http://www.Gear4music.com
Sound — 10
I like to get a lot of distortion and this pedal works a treat, gives a sound reminiscent of 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' by Metallica I thought. I haven't really used the Overdrive a lot on the pedal, I always keep the Mode knob turned fully to the right to get the full distortion effect. So I can't really comment on the Overdrive, but the Distortion is great. Maybe not distorted enough for playing some metal, but it will work fine for most styles.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly hard rock and some early metal (AC/DC, Metallica, Led Zeppelin etc) and this pedal gives me the crunch I need without killing tone. If it were lost or stolen I would not hesitate about buying a new one because for the price it is great. I love that it is so easy to use and it is easy to change sounds mid-gig.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The casing is just made from plastic but it does look like it is quite well constructed, so it would take quite a lot of abuse before any damaged was caused I think. This pedal has been gigged with several times although I always make sure I always have a fresh battery in it just incase, I do not own a power supply but the pedal seems quite sparing with batteries. Perhaps it is just the batteries I am using but they do seem to last well.
Ease of Use — 9
I bought this pedal about a year and a half ago because of the price. The pedal itself is very easy to use, it has 4 knobs (level, tone, drive and mode). To get overdrive simply turn the mode knob towards the left, for Distortion turn to the right, or simply leave it in the middle for a rich combination of the two. Works just like a normal stompbox, connect it up and stomp it with your foot. One thing that is slightly fiddly is the battery compartment which lives underneath the stomp bit. There is an unusual method of getting into the battery compartment. As far as the manual goes, it explained all it needed to.