Price paid: £ 30
Purchased from: Lifeismusic.com
Sound — 8
I have crappy guitars and amp (classic Squier and MG combination) and this thing still sounds great. I use this pedal with my Big Muff, and the sound is fantastic. It is not a noisy pedal, although I have found that twisting a certain knob can cut all volume, and you will mute your guitar. As I have said, I can now mimick the Tom Morello and Matt Bellamy whammy sounds I was looking for.
Overall Impression — 10
This pedal perfectly matches the music I play. I am happy, as I bought it for a specific purpose, and it fullfills my expectations. I have been playing for 5 years, and I own a variety of other stomp boxes. This is one of my favourites. I suppose I would have avoided initial dissapointment, had I looked into buying a Roland EV-5, but I saved myself 40 quid, and this is no longer a problem. I would probably buy this again if it were stolen. With pitch shifters, you have the choice of the Boss PS-5, or the DigiTech Whammy IV. This pedal is nearly 100 cheaper than either of them, which to be honest, is why I bought it. I think this pedal is punching way above its weight in tone quality for the price. I suppose you don't always get what you pay for.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Honestly, I would feel comfortable going into a gig with this thing. It hasn't failed me yet, and I've had it nearly six months. I don't see this thing going wrong any time soon, and I don't feel insecure, just because it has a Behringer label on the box. I have three other Behringer pedals, and the plastic shell does not bother me. It won't break, as proved in various youtube videos (you can throw it across the room and it will be fine).
Ease of Use — 8
At first I was quite dissapointed with the pedal, as I did not buy an expression pedal. I was aiming at Tom Morello style whammy, and I had only tried the pitch shift setting (where an expression pedal is essential). But after fiddling with the various knobs, I found the tremolo arm setting. With a bit of delay, and a slow tremolo arm speed, I can get the two octave whammy sound I was looking for. The manual really only explains the functions of each setting in barely any detail. With the pedal doubling as a harmonising unit, the harmonist setting needs a lot of explaining, otherwise it will sound awful. The manual is not really sufficient.