Price paid: $ 20
Purchased from: Music Store
Sound — 9
I use this with my band for gigs and shows. It tunes my bass up accurately and easily. The mute function is also very good, as it lets you tune completely silently. It also stops the bass 'humming' through the amp between songs and sets. It is very good in this respect. As I have said before, I have not used many of the tuning modes (flat, double flat, etc) because I play totally and exclusively in standard tuning.
Overall Impression — 9
I found it very hard to rewiew this tuner, because half of the rewiew criteria didn't apply, ie I can't really comment on the sound of a tuner, but hey, I tried my best. I really do think that this pedal was very good value for the money, and gives the convenience of it being in pedal form, rather than having to mess about with the conventional rectangular tuners. The LED display is very bright and easy to see on a dark stage, with a green LED to tell you when you are in tune. There is also a red Status indicator to let you know whether it's on or off. Overall, this tuner is excellent value and I would definitly recommend it to anyone!
Reliability & Durability — 9
I would depend on it at a gig and continue to do so. I use this with a 9v power supply because I have a major distrust of batteries. I find it much safer and cheaper in the long run to fork out for a power supply. That way, you don't get halfway through a song, and realise the pedal has run out of batteries and have to change it before you can continue playing. The casing is plastic, so it isn't going to be anywhere near as durable as a metal cased pedal, but it has stood up to quite a lot of abuse so far and continues to work fine.
Ease of Use — 9
THis pedal is pretty easy to use overall. It has 7 different tuning modes, ranging from regular, to flat, to double flat and chromatic. The reference tone is also adjustable from 438hz to 445hz. It also has a mute function. All of this is very well, but I have never really used any of the modes. I simply plug it in and stomp on it. It is fine like this and will give accurate tuning to both my guitar and bass.