Price paid: $ 50
Purchased from: Braganza, Calcutta
Sound — 9
I fix this one up conventionally before my Blues driver, followed by the Volume Pedal and thats it. It is not noisy till about 4 o'clock on Attack and Sustain Both. After that it goes little awry. But I don't push it that far. Before 12 o'clock effects are kinda weak, but the attack works. It gives the sound a warm choppy, Crunchy look and thats about it. But sustain definitely increases. Thats what I got it for and thats what it does Best.
Overall Impression — 8
For my soft rock to classic rock to Blues it does good. My Chain is Nux Compressor->BD2->Volume Pedal->Amp. With different combinations of these on I can get real good tones. Have been playing if for some time and no wear n tear. If it were stolen Maybe I would buy something else but that would not be Boss CS-3. I am trying to get hold of one Dan Electro Surf n Turf. Compared with CS-3 it sounded equally good and did the same kind of things to my sound. Chose this one for Single reason -Price. But it seems to go pretty well and I like it. Wish it had a TOne Knob and thats about it. Unlike from reviews I read about Behringer this ones Knobs all work fine and changes the sound so I would like to mention That. I don't suppose many of you have seen this device so I will upload a picture of it in my profile. Given the price it is super Compressor to have. I works fine and does what it was built for Compresses without adding Noise/Color, and gives Good Sustain. What else do I want? May be the Dark Side of the Moon!
Reliability & Durability — 7
Cheap China Made pedal. Can you depend on it? I don't know. But one thing is certain that is a heavy duty Metal box and Switch is sturdy. Only problem I feel is the Battery door which is at a strange place(right in between the Foot Switch ) and can be harmed by kicking it too hard. On top of that the Battery Door is made of Plastic. I can't afford a back up right away so its best I don't comment.
Ease of Use — 9
Unlike CS-3 this one has 3 knobs, Level, Attack and Sustain. No way to control Tone. But I can do the same with my BD-2. It is easy to operate and Attack n Sustain knobs give gr8 sustain to my guitar. Pretty simple to get good tones out of it by varying the Tone knobs in the guitar. Thats how I do it. It adds no color to my guitar and is very transparent. It is far cheaper than CS-3 but sounds Almost same. Before buying I tried both Out. But the Nux is so Damn cheap that I went for it. Has a short manual to it. But is of no use. Easiest thing to do is plug in and try out different settings. No up gradation and I wont be needing it also.