Price paid: $ 60
Purchased from: Used
Sound — 10
BF-2 was very good sounding, really pro quality, a pedal for other people to be jealous of. It was the same used by The Cure, The Cult, The Police, and even Van Halen and Nirvana. Sometimes, maybe due to the pedal conditions when I bought it, it had some little background hiss, but it didnt interfere on the tone. It was no bother. The sound quality of that thing never disappointed me.
Overall Impression — 10
The BF-2 Flanger was a great match for the kind of music I was playing, 20 years ago. I could play most pop songs and it added some brightness to some originally played clean. In addition, It gave me a great match with my DF-2 Superfeedbacker, giving presence to the solos. I was originally planning to buy a CE-2 Chorus, also from Boss, but a more experienced friend recommended me the Flanger because it could do everything Chorus did and much more. And he was right. That MIJ thing was superb. I didnt only buy it again, now that I dont have any financial problems, it's because people here in Brazil, where pedals are very overpriced, want ridiculous prices for those Vintage pedals. If I were a professional musician, I could consider having one, since its said the MIJ versions of any Boss pedal are the best. So, I decided to buy something more suitable to my ambitions as a guitar player: a very good Onerr HF-1 Hydrogen Flanger (read review). If you live in a country where the Customs don't overprice any purchases from E-bay, you could safely try buying BF-2, specially if it's MIJ. I could bet your buddies would be jealous... ;)
Reliability & Durability — 10
I bought it really bashed. There was a screw missing in the stomp section, so I had to replace it. There were lots of scratches, some of the knobs, along with the PSU jack, were a bit loosely, but I had no noise problems of any kind. BF-2 looked like getting back from war, but I could see then what everybody already knew: BOSSES are like TANKS. Why should I bother with backups? ;)
Ease of Use — 8
BF-2 had 4 knobs: MANUAL, DEPTH, RATE and RES(onance). They allow lots of settings, like Chorus, Jet Flanging, Tremolo, Vibrato and some alien sounds. Because of this flexibility, it took some time to achieve the best tweak, and then I had to take note of the knob positions for not fogetting them, specially for changing them during a show. But I tell you the Flanger was pretty easy to use, considering the number of different combinations it provided.