Price paid: $ 80
Purchased from: Sam Ash
Sound — 9
I use it with my strat, mainly for clean or bluesy sounds, or my Jackson Kelly, for thrash and legato soloing. With my strat, I set the output relatively high, and the sensitivity at max. It comes out as a smooth jazzy sound, where the notes seem to blend together without choppy picking sounds getting thrown in. When I use my Jackson (for soloing), I set the output at mid and the sens. At 3 o'clock. You get the same distortion, but with a smoother flow and longer sustain. I play a lot of Metallica, and I use it to get some of their post-Black Album smooth leads, as opposed to their earlier raw tones (which are also good, but not from using a compressor). Turn the sens. Up even higher, and it makes legato (like tapping and scale runs) feel like the most natural thing in the world. You get some feedbacking when you turn it up too high.
Overall Impression — 9
I have a Line 6 Spider III 75W, so my setup is simple: Wah->Dyna Comp->Amp. I've had this for a few months already, and it's awesome. Some compressors have an "Attack" and/or "Sustain" dial, but you can acheive basically the same thing with this ("Attack is an extra feature, it's not necessary for compression.)I've heard that the Keeley Compressor is the best one in the market, but that costs over 200 bucks, so $70-$80 for this pedal is pretty fair. Keep in mind that it is not an effect pedal - it's a compressor. It's great, and sometimes necessary, especially when recording, but if you don't know what it does, you should go to wikipedia before buying one.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's MXR. It's built like a bomb shelter. You can feel safe to dance on it on stage. I almost always use a 9V adaptor, so I don't know how long the battery life is. I would definately use it anywhere. You just gotta know when to use it, and when not. Since it's only two dials, it's easy to remember or write down your favorite configurations.
Ease of Use — 10
Two dials and an on/off stomp Switch. You tell me if that's easy to use. Alright, I'll tell you. It doesn't need a manual or tutorial. You set the output level, which is the compression threshhold, and then you set the sensitivity. It's easy to figure out some good setups.