Price paid: $ 173.85
Sound — 9
I use this pedal at the end of a string of various other pedals, valves and effects. The unit uses three very different main effects, tape, digital and analogue delay, each of these delays has their own special modulation, tape has a wow and flutter mod, digital has a chorus mod, and analogue has a vibrato mod, which creates a variety of different sounds. When the delay is activated the sound itself is crystal clear, having just upgraded from using various Boss and Zoom multi effect units, this is by far the best delay I have ever experienced. The unit only has one flaw, when the delay is turn off, the LED metronome continues to flash, and you can hear a slight buzz every time the LED flashes when using a valve or distortion. This can only be heard when not playing and in almost complete silence however the cure for this is simple, have a volume controller after the effect for when you aren't playing.
Overall Impression — 10
Being a session musician I play a lot of different kinds of music, primarily along the lines of blues, soul and classic rock. Most of my setup is home made inventions with the odd stomp box and wah pedal hear and there, this unit fit right in I love it. It has more different types of delay than you can shake a stick at, my personal favourite (apart from standard delay) is the swell effect, where I can make my guitar sound like a violin, and use the tap feature to choose how fast or slow the sound starts. the tap feature itself is a brilliant feature, although it does take a bit of practice getting it right, you can change the tempo of the delay mid song without anyone noticing if your drummer can't keep time. overall, this pedal is expensive, but for the quality and the features involved it is definately worth it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Nowadays most stomp boxes are solid as a rock, this is no different, it weighs quite a bit and very sturdy. It's safe to say that unless you smash the knobs off with a sledge hammer, it isnt gonig to break very easily. One of the reasons I got this was because I would never need a backup or another delay pedal ever again.
Ease of Use — 10
Initially looking at it, it looks fairly difficult, but it doesn't take too long to get used to it, after a while you reallise that it is actually far more easier to use that delay units included in larger multi-effects units. What you can't learn from looking at it you can find in the manual, which is one of the few manuals I've read that is in a easy to understand contemporary english instead of being translated from chinese. Overall for all the stuff included on this unit, it is incredibly simple.