Price paid: $ 79
Purchased from: Music123.com
Sound — 10
The sound is quite good. When going in the effects loop, you loose a little depth, but thats ok 'cause this thing is lush. Going through the front end it sounds amazing. It gets a little hard to hear the notes from the guitar with the speed knob up, but it all depends on what type of sound you want. The Cool Cat has its own unique, subtle chorus that doesn't particularly sound like any other chorus. The Speed knob is pretty responsive, on its low settings you can get nice, smooth, shimmery sounds out of it. The Chill knob isn't so responsive, if you drop it past half, you really can't hear the chorusing effect. But overall, it this pedal sounds great.
Overall Impression — 10
All in all, it sounds great and gets that nice slow sweep. It must be heard to be truly appreciated. It can change from a subtle, extended, tube-like tone to a weird, bizarre noise. The variety you can get out of only two knobs is surprising. Looks great, sounds very good and should hold up for a good amount of time. Check it out and stomp away!
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's solid metal contruction, you could probably throw this thing off a bridge and still use it. Footswitch very easy to activate/deactivate. The actual housing of the unit is very good. The controls are cheap as cheap can be, same goes for the switch. And you absolutely must buy the AC adaptor because this box eats batteries as a snack. No backup should be necessary.
Ease of Use — 10
This unit is very simple and straight-forward to use. It's effortless to dial in a variety of warm vintage sounding chorus settings. There are two controls - a Speed for rate control and a Chill for depth control. Rate is how fast the sound swirls, depth is how deep. The settings cover a wide range of sound so you actually hear a big change when you turn them. The single in and stereo out is very easy with the mono side. The manual has some very good recommended settings that sounded very good. The sample settings in the manual are awesome, especially the ones for the combinations of different pedals.