Price paid: $ 25
Purchased from: Amazon.com
Sound — 8
I use this pedal on many guitars through both a Bugera 333XL Head and a Behringer V-AMP Pro, and on both it sounds ace. It's very transparent aside from the effect, which I really like, and it's true bypass. My only complaint so far is that the footswitch is a little noisy at times, but I think that can be fixed with some pot and Switch cleaner, but it seems the noise goes away when playing so it does not bother me. I'll give it a 8 though, because it does it's job as a phase shifter, does not adversely affect my rig, but does have a noisy Switch, which takes off only one point because it's not affecting anything.
Overall Impression — 9
I bought this pedal sound unheard on Amazon when I got a gift certificate from my sister this past Christmas. Up until then, I had been playing in a band and wanting a phaser sound for some things, but just did not feel like forking out a pile of cash for something that is either 30 years old and of questionable wear, or for something with a bunch of dials I'll probably only use once or twice and leave set in the same spot. In particular, I was wanting a pedal capable of that Van-Halen mild swirl heard on the guitar solos, but I'm not spending $125 on someone else's pedal painted in red black and White Stripes, I'd rather just have a generic blue pedal that does the job and will look mine after years of being under my foot. As far as lost/stolen/whatevers, these are so cheap right now I could buy a new one every paycheck and have more replacements than would last me a lifetime. It's an excellent value for the money if you just want a simple phase shifter that does simple phaser things without breaking your bank account.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This thing is built like a tank. It may be the much maligned Behringer brand, but I don't give a crap what's on the box as long as it does the job and does it well, and always works, of which this pedal does. So kudos to Behringer for making an affordable piece of gear that's solidly built and reliable. I've been using this thing a ton since I got it around Christmas time 08', and it shows no signs of slowing down. I'll give it a 9, because NOTHING is a perfect 10, not even if this was a botique handmade MXR labeled pedal assembled by the Keebler Elves in the kingdom of Phase-shiftery!
Ease of Use — 9
This is a pretty meat and potatoes clone of an MXR Phase 90, weather it's a clone of the EVH or some other version I'm not sure, but I'm willing to bet on the EVH version due to the "Swirl" Switch, which seems to smooth out the sound a little more. The rate knob and Swirl Switch are the only two controls, all the Swirl Switch does is a very very very minor reduction in presence of the effect as far as I can tell. You don't even need a manual, which is just a folded up piece of paper anyhow. And of course, being an Analog style pedal, there is no firmware. So this thing is maybe only second to a real Phase 90 in ease of use.