Price paid: $ 169
Purchased from: Ms. Music Store
Ease of Use — 9
The 4 knobs make it so easy to dial in a jazz soft or a descent Robin Trower emulation. These 4 controls offer a very wide sweep from depth, speed, level & TONE! Yes thanks TC for TONE sweep this wide and has a very nice constant slope. It doesn't hit the sudden "brittle threshold" others are prone to. No manual needed as it is very straightforward. For most players it's pretty much set & forget in a gig situation. That said, just flip from Chorus on the 3 way toggle from Chorus to Tri Chorus, & Boom a much deeper effect with one switch. Because there are a very wide range of sounds give it a 10!
Sound — 10
The 3 way toggle is TC chorus (soft & sweet), TC'S "Tone-print" for commuter loading a preset (mini-usb genius idea), & best of all the awesome Tri-chorus. This is the warmest setting offering very deep chorus if you desire & modeled after the '80s Tri-Stereo Chorus.. A real one will cost you $1500+. I have heard the original TRI-stereo Chorus & Hands down it was the warmest, fattest, widest chorus rack mount piece ever made. (TOTO) Corona comes close to the warmth of the original. With 4 knobs, speed, depth, level, & TONE! All of these offer very wide tweaking & should please any fan of chorus to get an extremely wide range of chorus footprint sounds. The tone knob is a Godsend especially on a chorus pedal. Chorus pedals are typically ONE trick ponies but pedal has many tricks & why it's a 10 in my book!
Reliability & Durability — 9
It appears to be as durable & well made as a TS-9! The short throw foot switch is a welcome feature. The small footprint is especially nice as I am leaning toward very small real-estate in these days of stomp box madness! The bottom plate single removable nickel
size screw is splined around the edge for ease of hand use, as well as being able to use a quarter as a screwdriver to open it up. It appears to be as well made as any other pedal out there & better than most. The Electro-harmonics small clone was my go to stomp for analogue chorus is stamped bent metal is not as well built as the T.C. despite it's warm sound. Mono in/out... stereo in/out... sweet!
Overall Impression — 10
Having owned the T.C. G system, I found that monster to sound to sterile for my tastes. It just was way too brittle & far from "warm" not for my tastes anyway. This will do squeaky sterile & in fact has a very wide range of sounds. I was leery at first but my recent purchase of the T.C. Flashback delay that is the BOMB delay pedal, I went for it! I'm very happy I did as the variety of sounds ranges from subtle & dark, soft, to almost Uni-vibe emulations. Vintage rock & dance cover band it covers it all from early analogue emulations to brighter sounds, this thing rocks!