Price paid: € 159
Purchased from: The Music Outlet
Sound — 9
The recording quality of the RC-2 is excellent, it replicates nearly exactly what you play, but sometimes the timing can be a bit off (But I think that might just be me). The drum patterns are good and there are loads to choose from and you can choose your time signature. What I would say is that if you want to have one loop on a clean setting, and another one with distortion, you need a distortion pedal because if you use the distortion on your amp, the clean loop will become distorted. You can add a bass line to your loop if you add an octave pedal (Such as the Boss OC-3) to your pedalboard, so you can get a full feeling of a one-man-band.
Overall Impression — 9
First off, it it were stolen or lost, I would definitely buy it again, it's just such a handy Tool to have when you're on your own without a band. It's great for practicing and developing skills as well, you can practice playing your favorite songs within a certain tempo, but my favorite feature is the ability to create a one-man-band by creating endless loops over each other. I don't dislike anything about the RC-2 other than the battery life, it will drain a 9V much quicker than your average effects pedal, so I suggest you get (If you don't have one) a Boss Power Supply for this.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I think this loop station is for home use only. Boss have designed bigger and more durable loop stations for playing Live, if you have enough Faith in it and it's a small gig than I don't see why you can't use it, but I would recommend a Boss RC-20XL or a Boss RC-50 for gigging. But Boss pedals are really well made, and they will last forever. The guy in The Music Outlet Who sold me this showed me his Boss DS-1 that he owned for 22 years and it is still in perfect condition, so you probably won't get a more durable small compact pedal other than a Boss.
Ease of Use — 8
A bit intimidating at first, but it only took me a couple of hours of fiddling around with this thing to figure out most things, with the aid of a really well written manual (Really easy to read and explains everything clearly). I think the hardest part to use is the built in rhythm Machine, I still haven't figured that out completely yet. But saving and deleting phrases is so easy, it's just a matter of getting used to. There are 11 phrases, and if a few of them have loops saved on to them, the 'Loop/One-Shot' indicator will flash green so you know what not to re-record.