Price paid: $ 199
Purchased from: Musicansfriend
Sound — 8
My setup is Gibson SG Standard and Fender American Stratocaster into a Fender Blues Deluxe Amp. I got the pedal to cover some songs that are half step and full step down. This is the only Polyphonic pitch changing pedal I know of. Polyphonic means it will track full chords not just one note. It does a great job, it is very difficult to notice but it does have a slight delay. After about an hour I was compensating for it with no problem. Like I said I got this pedal for Eb and Drop C tuning which are common in today's music. It does a great job, and has very little effect on your tone. It is certainly useable in a live setting; any coloring is lost in the mix. In a studio I would still use a guitar with the correct tuning. One downfall is it gets much worse the more you change the pitch. At three steps down it becomes unusable in my opinion. But I only got it for a one step and for that it sounds great. Now I can play Godsmack and go right into Pearl Jam with the same guitar and have the correct tuning. Also this has a true hardware bypass so it has no effect on your tone when it is not in use.
Overall Impression — 8
I love the pedal and would buy it again. I can now play anything I hear with a standard tuned guitar. And for and whole step it sounds almost transparent. I wouldn't buy this if your plan is to play anything lower exclusively. If you play on playing Korn and Slipknot you would be better off just setting your guitar up for those tunings. Plus this is the first version I am sure in a few years they will release another that fixes the little things that are not perfect. But until then I am happy with this model, and by buying the first model it funds research and production of future upgrades.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It has a two year warranty from the company. It seems put together well. It is all metal construction, with the old fashion metal toggle switches. I comes with a cheap power supply which is 500ma 12v. I wish they would have kept it 9v under 200ma so I could use my power supply. Also you can upgrade the firmware via mini USB. It was simple and only took about 5 minutes.
Ease of Use — 10
Morpheus DropTune Guitar Polyphonic Pitch-dropping Pedal Features: -Polyphonic pitch-dropping effects pedal -Drop tune up to 3-1/2 steps in 1/2-step decrements -Full octave drop and octaver -Latching Effect On/Off switch -Momentary Down and Toggle/Up switches -Bright backlit Drop Tune, Octave, Octaver, Toggle, and Effect indicators -Rear panel Input Level control with front panel LED level display -In, Out, and power supply jacks (power supply comes included) -Rugged cast-metal chassis