Price paid: $ 40
Purchased from: craigslist
Sound — 9
I play mostly metal obviously, but you can set this thing to give you a plain distortion, too. But if you're going for plain distortion you should just go with the Boss DS-1. The effects are good, and you can get the sound of metal bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, etc.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing for 4 years. Got into metal a few years ago and this pedal can deliver that great, crunchy sound that I enjoy so much. If it was stolen I'd get another one for sure. The only thing to compare it to would be the ML-2 Metal Core. I haven't played through the ML-2 but I know people who enjoy that as well. I think you generally want to get your hardcore/grindcore sound with the ML-2 and your metal sound with the MT-2. So it's pretty much just preference. I'd say try them both out, but I'm very happy with my decision.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Very dependable and durable. I generally like to use a power adapter with this but you can stay with the 9V battery, too. It lasts a long time as long as you remember to unplug the 1/4" cable when you're done. You can gig without a backup, but maybe keep a DS-1 with you just in case.
Ease of Use — 10
It might take a little adjusting to get the sound you want, but it's not hard. Very easy to use. You can look up a manual online if you don't have one with you, so that's not a problem. The manual will give you particular settings for different sounds(thrash, hard rock, metal).