Price paid: $ 114
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 7
My setup you can find on my profile, but in all this, put in the right spot (for me) the effect can still come through, though with some noise. Even the effect used on it's own outside of a chain can be noisy. If you listen to your amp whilst not playing anything and the unit turned on, you can hear the flanging going up and down. The effect isnt the strongest around in terms of flangers (I'm sure) but more of a mid range one, most likely used with rock solos on mind to add a bit of flavour. So more of a general one I suppose. Getting an artists sound out of this is not hard at all, seeing as a flanger is a pretty distinct sound, you just ned to discover what 'mode' the artist had it on.
Overall Impression — 7
In terms of matching me with my music now, I would say that this effect is 'easy to outgrow' it's good to fiddle with, maybe using it on a recording or two for fun, but for me I can't find any serious use for it. efore buying this I do wish that I could have played around with it objectively but, it was a new toy and I was a t ad excited, not regretting it though, it's been useful and fun to have, but if it were stolen I would probably go for something a bit more practical.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Being a Boss it is built well (I'm not going to say it is run-over-able, cos it may not be, and I'm not going to try it), I have gigged with it numerous times with out it failing, just being dented and scratched etc. Depending on it is not a problem, I never run my effects with batteries, as I prefer to know the sound coming out of them is consistent from start to finish, so no problems with life or reliability there.
Ease of Use — 8
Using the Boss BF-3 Flanger is relatively simple, 4 knobs, but 5 setting changes. On the first knob you have two options, change the 'Manual' and 'Res', which is basically controlling the 'tone' of your flanging. Next comes 'Depth' which controls how much the flanging fluctuates between ridiculously shallow, and a wide sweeping effect. This is helped along by the next knob, 'Rate' which controls the speed at which the flanging occurs. There are also different set modes for the flanger as well, Standard, Ultra, Momentary and Gate/Pan. Standard and ultra are fairly self explanitory, but momentary is a stop start sort of thing, you hold down the pedal when you want it on and take your foot off when you want it off, as opposed to pressing it on and off. Gate/Pan is more for stereo amps or P.A's etc, it gives the effect of the flanging moving around the room if you will, it creates a sound scape. The manual for this is ok, as most Boss ones are, but still leaves a little confusion if youare completely clueless to this product. So I suppose it doesnt't really do it's job.