Price paid: $ 239.73
Purchased from: iMuso
Sound — 10
I use it with my HBMS620TR and then straight out the headphone socket.The only setting I found noisy was the acoustic simulator, I got a tape like hiss in the background when playing quiet parts but as soon as I mute the strings the noise suppressor takes care of it. Most of the effects are good quality and different enough to all be useful although some effects I never really use. So far I have managed an identical match to the tone of Joe Satriani on 'Crushing Day' and the JerryC cover of 'I'm Alright'. I just seem to be having trouble reproducing the heavy but crisp sound of Parkway Drive. The distortion, chorus and delay are fantastic and there are amny options for each one.
Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing for about a year now and I play many different styles of music and with a few tweeks this pedal would without a doubt be able to handle them all. The only thing I wish I could have asked before buying was how big it is. I was pleasently surprised when I unwrapped it and it was way bigger then I expected. If it were lost/stolen I would cry myself to sleep and start saving up for another one. I would recomend this product to anyone who wants a Boss GT-8 but hasn't got the money.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I would not hesitate to use this at a gig although I would be very careful with it because the patch edit knobs seem like they would break if someone gave them a good knock. I don't see the need for a backup but I would still take one along just in case. The pedal seems sturdy and could probably take a good few bumps due to its thick metal casing.
Ease of Use — 9
I found it very easy to use the pedal once I figured things out. The main helpful feature is that they have organised 32 patches (8 programs x 4 Banks) that sound god and have been named and adjusted to sound like particuar amps/guitars. The manual was fantastic and it contained everything I needed to know. I recomend reading the manual start to finish first and then revivisting it as you run into any problems.