RV-10 Tri Reverb review by Biyang

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  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Sound: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (5 votes)
Biyang: RV-10 Tri Reverb

Price paid: $ 50

Purchased from: donnerdeal.com

Ease of Use — 9
Reverb pedals don't get much easier than this one - except for maybe the Holy Grail. Flip a switch to select your reverb type - Hall, Spring or Room. Then use the two large knobs to dial in the blend of wet/dry you want and the time (depth) of the reverb and play. It's a great balance of simplicity and functionality. An EQ might be nice for tweaking the sound but the designers already dialed in a pretty good tone that is very useable. There is also the A/B mode switch if want to make use of that feature.

Sound — 8
The pedal offers 3 reverbs - Room, Hall and Spring and each one delivers a nice useable reverb on the "B" setting. The pedal is quiet and plays nice i.e. no unwanted noise or artefacts by having it in your chain. The Hall and Room sound the same, just with more or less depth available on the hall or room setting respectively. The spring is not overly springy, which I like, but does offer a different flavour from the room or the hall. All of the reverbs are clean and smooth and blend nicely into your sound to give you a little more depth and thickness. The "A" setting gives a more dramatic effect, providing more depth to the reverb and also more gain on the signal which can result in some overdriving of the signal. I personally only use the "B" setting on the pedal as I don't really like the "A" setting effect. This pedal is great if you want a nice sounding basic reverb like what you might find built into an amp. This is not the pedal to get if you want tons of options, a wide range of tones, or huge cavernous reverbs, but what it does it does well. The pedal is also true bypass which means that you don't get any reverb tails when you turn the pedal off. I use it mainly for my clean tone for worship music, and have another reverb that I have set to a larger reverb for more ambient drones and swells.

Reliability & Durability — 7
The pedal is housed in a solid metal box that feels really sturdy. The true bypass stomp switch is also sturdy feeling. The control knobs have a nice feel to them, very smooth and solid feeling. While I haven't had any issues with the mini toggle switches, because of the size they do feel a little more fragile then I would like and are likely the point at which you will have a failure on the pedal if it is thrown into a bag and getting banged around. Other than that the pedal is rock solid. If you take care of it you probably won't have any issues.

Overall Impression — 8
A simple, nice sounding straight forward reverb that hits its mark. As stated above this pedal isn't meant to compete with big option reverbs, its meant to be simple, provide basic reverb and to sound good doing it. In the "B" setting mode you would be hard pressed to find a setting that you couldn't use, and the "A" setting not being great doesn't really take away from the pedal because its more like bonus feature - not a selling point - at least for me. Another nice feature is the ability to run in mono or stereo, or to take a mono input and make it a stereo output. For the price of this pedal you can't go wrong, and it doesn't just sound "good for the money," it just plain sounds good.

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    Mine is well built and sounds great, offers 2 outputs for stereo applications..$55