Price paid: $ 125
Sound — 9
I run a Gibson Sonex into a Fender Frontman 212R (very underrated amp, in my opinion). I put the RP200, as well as a DOD Stereo Chorus, in the effects loop. From there, I run it back to the Fender, as well as into a small Vox amp with an extention cabinet as a slave. One thing I learned very quickly, do NOT try to use amp modeling through the effects loop! This created a really loud microphonic squeal that about burst my eardrums! That being said, it seems to be very quiet, and using the noise gate eliminated any hum or hiss when I wasn't playing. The delay and reverbs are quite good, though I use the reverb on the amp since it's a real spring reverb and simply sounds better. The modulation and pitch-shifting effects work very well, and with the stereo chorus pedal, I can get some very interesting sounds. The Wah range is almost too wide for my taste, but I can work around that. Again, it does everything I need it to do.
Overall Impression — 6
I play blues, progressive rock, and punk/alternative, and all in all, this does what I need it to. Even with the reliability issues, in a studio setting, it's a good little unit. Live I'm not so sure I would trust it, but it would work for small gigs or situations where you know it wouldn't get knocked around. Don't let the cast aluminum housing fool you, this is a fragile unit. If it were lost or stolen, I would probably buy something else, which I plan to do anyways and retire this box to my pile of studio gear. Not a bad unit overall, but could have been made a lot better.
Reliability & Durability — 3
Here's my one issue with this unit. I have owned it for a few years, and it really started to show signs of wear after just a couple years. The AC input is starting to short a bit, the plugs are very loose, and the footswitches started doing nothing at one point. After taking the unit apart a few times and doing some work on it, I was able to rectify some of these issues, but it was still unexpected, and frankly rather annoying. I still have to pull it open now and then and "shim up" the rubber stoppers on the footswitches that actuate the microswitches. It seems that the circuit board has a tendency to weaken and flex over time. Some soldering and "modification" fixed most of these problems, but for gigging I definitely recommend a backup. If it breaks again, I may scrap it and buy something new.
Ease of Use — 7
All in all, I have always found this to be relatively easy to use. I use it for a lot of different things, such as a Compressor for vocals or bass, as a full amp modeler forvDI'ing my guitar for recording, or as a delay/wah through my amp with another chorus pedal, and it does very well for all of these. I do wish it had another couple of footswitches for switching the Wah or distortion on and off, or even a separate bypass switch, but at the price point, I'm not complaining. I'm not a fan of the preprogrammed presets, but editing the patches isn't that big a deal overall. It does everything I need it to do.