Price paid: £ 60
Purchased from: Absolute Music
Sound — 7
At the moment I'm running this through a Peavey Vypyr 30 (pracitce amp). I use the green Twn channel and with the Metal Muff on top of that I can get a a multitude of different sounds. I've gone for the doomy direction - using Drop A tuning and very little guitar tone, this can get great deep sounds with a delicate bit of fuzz. Turning the guitar tone up, you can get a bluesy fuzzy kind of OD sound. There's no background noise or whatever even when using a power supply. There are a range of sounds you can get from it and while I am reasonably happy with the sounds I can use, it's just not quite for me, but no doubt others will love it. If you're using a higher tuning, plenty of tone and not much bass on the Muff, you can easily get good crunchy metal tones.
Overall Impression — 8
As said before, I go for a doom-influenced style plus stoner-rock kind of stuff and use a Phaser on top of the metal muff a lot. It does a good job of that, but for me it seems to lack that cutting edge - I like the sounds I can get but it isn't quite perfect for me. Part of this is probably down to my amp though. It will be interesting to see how it matches up to a tube amp when I get one. I've been playing for about 5 years now and have used a couple of distortion pedals and this has been the best of the lot - but like I say, the sound just isn't quite right for me so I'm likely to get an actual fuzz to replace it. If I lost it or whatever then I wouldn't buy a replacement - because I intend on replacing my Metal Muff soon enough anyway. All things considered, this is actually a very good piece of equipment and can handle just about any style of rock you want - you just need to spend the time to get there. I'd recommend this without hesitation, it's just not for me.
Reliability & Durability — 8
There is nothing to suggest that this isn't a reliable piece of equipment. It is very well built, nice and solid and I am sure you can gig with it easily. I'd use it at a gig without backup quite happily. If you really wanted to, I am sure you could drop it and kick it about and find it still in one piece. Personally I haven't gigged or anything but there is nothing to suggest that this pedal can't handle a gig and a good beating. As said above though - it NEEDS a power supply. You really can't really on the battery to last very long.
Ease of Use — 8
Simple controls - you've got a bypass switch, a boost switch and various control knobs. Very self-explanatory. You'll need to work a bit to get the top boost to fit in with the way you set it up but apart from that there are no real issues getting the sounds you want - you just need to sit and mess around with the knobs for a while. Very easy to use but my only gripe is the time it takes to find a good sound - the knobs are pretty sensitive to it will take a while to hit the sweet spot. Also, you need a power supply. It eats up batteries very quickly which means you'd have to unscrew the cover on a regular basis to replace them.