Price paid: $ 20
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 8
As for sound, I really can't say anything spectacular because it sounds pretty much like any other wah. I experimented with this pedal and three of my guitars, which are an Ibanez ART100, a Washburn hollow body, and a GRX20Z. My FX are pretty straightforward with a Morley optical volume, a DS-1, a home brew stutter pedal, and an RC-2 looper. My main rig is a Behringer LX-1200H head with the matching 4x12 cabinet. This pedal takes mild distortion pretty well, but I think at very high gain the effect becomes less noticeable. All three of the guitars that I used sounded very good with this Wah until I cranked up the drive. However, that's really not an issue for me because I rarely use such high distortion.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall this is a great Wah pedal. It's built well to withstand some punishment and sounds pretty dang good. I play country music and don't use a Wah often, but occasionally its a nice change. The I/O jacks are on the front (toe) end and that is really nice. Also, the green LEDs are a nice touch because they are visible on a dark stage. I started playing in front of people when I was ten years old, and over the last 30 years of playing I have tried all sorts of equipment, including a few Wah pedals. I have tried everything from an El Cheapo to the more expensive signature models. This Wah fits my purpose well and at $10 brand-new in the box from eBay, it was a bargain. If it was stolen I would hunt down the offender and strangle him with his own intestines. Ok maybe not, but I'd be pretty pissed. If you find this Wah cheap, give it a shot. Video from YouTube:
Reliability & Durability — 9
I use it regularly for shows and I don't worry about having a backup. With any other component I don't leave home without a backup, but I have a pretty good idea that this thing will never die. It's built like a tank and I Imagine that it would take a pretty severe beating before laying down. I have never had to use support, so I don't know anything about that. I would depend on it just because it is built heavy. If I didn't have a Wah it wouldn't be the end of the world, but I do like having it on my board. I don't intentionally abuse my equipment but it does take some knocks while its on my board. It seems sturdy enough and heavier than a Crybaby.
Ease of Use — 10
This unit is just as easy to set up as any other wah, slap a battery in it and plug it in and it works. I do love the smooth action of this pedal and that is probably due to the Teflon components. I took it out of the box and since I already had knowledge of these types of things I didn't need to look at the manual. Also since it was going on my pedal board a battery wasn't necessary. Plugged it in and got pretty much the sound I expected. As far as ease of use it is pretty much like any other Wah and pretty self-explanatory to anyone with pedal experience. No pots, no adjustments, just plug it in and go.