Price paid: $ 90
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 9
I use a home-made Strat-style guitar with a Vox valvetronix and an Ibanez toneblaster 412. I have a huge pedalboard (Whammy, PH-3, MD-2, Expression Factory, Silver Dragon, Fab-Tone, SYB-3, DOD Chorus, and a Boss Trmolo repainted green, not in that order)and it sounds good with any. I only get excess noise when distortion is in use, and even then it isn't bad. My only complaint is that with too much Manual/Res. you can barley hear the actual guitar, and only the flanger. Actually, you can get a "tin can" sound (I describe it below), chorus, rotary, tremolo and standard flange out of this beast with a little tweaking.
Overall Impression — 9
I play weird expirimental sound, and use this in a unique way. I turn it to Ultra and turn the depth way down so it is a "still" flange, then I adjust the Manual/Res. control until I get it stopped where I like it. I have been using this for about a year, lthough I have been playing for many years. I would buy another if it were stolen because it is my "signature" sound (I rarley turn it off). The tin can sound on ultra is the best, but I hate how it sometimes turns itself on when I'm not using, but I think that is a power source problem. I got if off ebay, spru of the moment, just because I needed to get weird and this was a weird pedal, plus I know there are no pedals as good sounding as Boss. I only wish mine came with a power supply and manual, but what can you do?
Reliability & Durability — 8
Boss. Nuf said. Although my paint chipped easily with enough stomping or hard stomps. Mine is covered in paint chips (as are all my Boss pedals). This is a major concern. Just be carefull and stomp somewhat lightly.
Ease of Use — 9
Simple 5 knob pattern. I got no manual. Just twist the knobs to dial in a tone, and stomp the pedal to turn it on. Only complaint is the online manual didn't explain exactly what each mode did (What exactly is gated flanging).