Price paid: $ 120
Purchased from: internet
Sound — 8
It sounds very pretty on my setup (Epi Les Paul, and a little Vox) and you can get varying degrees of good sounds out of it when you sit down and tweak the knobs a bit. I find the Tri setting is pretty loud and overwhelming, and I have absolutely no use for vibrato at all. I just leave it on the chorus setting with the speed and color both on about 10:30 and the depth on about 1:30. The best example of the sound I want with this pedal on is the opening chord at the beginning of the Sunny Day Real Estate song "The Rising Tide", that chimey and lush sound for occasional parts. This pedal does that really well and I'm very satisfied, but I'm sure there are other pedals that would do much more, so this gets an 8.
Overall Impression — 9
I don't want to say this is the be-all and end-all, but it's very nice. I bought a Boss CE-5 years and years ago when I first made the switch to electric guitar(I played solely acoustic for the first year) without having any idea what a chorus pedal actually was, which is pretty funny. It wasn't until one day when I had it on and randomly started playing "Come As You Are" (like all beginners, I guess) and I finally had a clue. I really liked that pedal, but I ended up trading it to a friend for a Whammy Wah which was later given away or something, I really don't remember. I always missed having that pedal around and I finally decided that I needed to get a chorus pedal again after listening to way too much Sunny Day Real Estate.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It's really, really heavy and it seems pretty straightforward. I've used it at two jams at this point and a bunch of solo practicing, so I really can't say anything about reliability. The only thing annoying about it is that the knobs are really loose and your settings can be bumped off extremely easily, even by moving it to and from practice or a show or something. When I have my settings completely nailed, I'll just mark them on the pedal with a sharpie or something.
Ease of Use — 9
There's a lot of tweaking to be expected with this pedal to get the sweet spots, but that's pretty much par for the course with most gear anyway.