Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 9
I use it with a Fender Stratocaster or Cyclone and a Laney GC 30 or various Peavey models. It is not noisy to my knowledge. I usually use a noise suppressor with it just because I think it focuses the sound, but on the off-chance that I'm too lazy to hook my NS-2 up, this pedal adds no noise. The effects always sound decent. There is a bit of noticeable skipping on all the pitch-shifting settings, but it is not enough to bug me. The intro to "My Iron Lung" by Radiohead shows this. I can get Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke, and Matthew Bellamy sounds out of this. The "Detune" effects are a surprisingly pleasant-sounding chorus, especially the Deep setting. I use it for a Nirvana-sounding chorus with the neck pickup of the Cyclone.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a perfect match for my Indie and Alternative style. I have been playing for almost 2 years and I own a few amps, a few pedals, and a few guitars. Nothing special. If it were stolen or lost, I would probably get another one if I had the money. It is not a necessity, but it is fun to use. I like the two octave up, Morello sounding effect the best. There are really no other pedals like this one. I wish it had minor third Harmony, but that's a nitpick and it's a neat little thing. It was worth the 150 dollars.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It seems to be made fairly well. The pedal feels slightly flimsy. I would gig without a back up if I had to, but I would prefer not to. I have seen them break, but it does not happen too often and I would probably do a small show without a backup. If I were playing a larger show, then I would want to have a backup.
Ease of Use — 10
I have the Whammy IV reissue. It is very easy to use. All the instroctions are on the front of the pedal and it is very intuitive. I downloaded a manual for it. It showed me how to recalibrate the treadle if it ever goes out, but for everyday use, you really do not need a manual.