Purchased from: American Musical Supply
Sound — 10
I got it because I can't afford a good tube amp and the Randall I have is a great amp, but it's solid-state. It's got two Celestion '70/'80s in it so this pedal sounds great on it. I've been playing a cheap-but-awesome Washburn on it and it was awesome and now I have an LTD-MV200 that kicks anus. It has active EMG's and such and the pedal sounds awesome still. No noise really. My amp's distortion was quiet I thought but this pedal makes my amp dist. seem noisy. I can get anything from Lamb of God, to Killswitch Engage, to Chevelle, to anything. It looks awesome too, it has indicater lights and makes the tubes glow. It has two stages of distortion: regular crunch, and "nuclear" which is a gain boost. When you transition from the two you don't get a different tone, just more or less Drive.
Overall Impression — 10
It's simply awesome. I play metal, hard rock, blues, and it's awesome. I've been playing 2 years and I've played w/a lot of different distorions and aside from true tube amps this thing makes everything else look crap-tacular. If it were stolen or lost I'd definatly buy it again unless I had enough to buy a good tube amp. Buy this if you're tired of analog distortion.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is a tank. It's made of staight metal, no plastic, except for the knobs. It's never done anything wierd or questionable yet. I've had it since November 06. I haven't gigged w/it but I use it at church every sunday/wed. and it's completely reliable.
Ease of Use — 9
First off, this thing is the Chuck Norris of distortion pedals! this is not analog distortion, this is real tube distortion, no modeling. It has two 12AX7's in it. It's real easy to get a good sound out of it if you know what you're doing as far as EQ-ing goes. It has five controls: level, drive, treble, bass, and a mid-scoop. It gives me whatever I want for pretty much any type of rock, metal, crunchy blues, whatever.