Price paid: £ 69
Purchased from: GAK.co.uk
Sound — 8
Can't really make much comment on the sound as its not designed to affect it. The pedal kills the output when you turn it on which is extremely useful for live situations and has true bypass. The tuner itself has 3 modes, polyphonic, strobe and needle. The strobe tuner is accurate to +/- 0.5% The poly and needle modes arn't quite as accurate and I personally only use the poly mode to find which strings are out then tune each string one at a time.
Overall Impression — 9
My decision to buy this was based on a head to head review of four pedal tuners in a guitar magazine which the Polytune won. It has a near enough identical footprint to Boss units but is much thinner, is probably the easiest tuner to use, and generally looks better than its competitors. I would certainly replace it if it got lost/stolen, though by that time other companies will have jumped on the polyphonic tuning bandwagon so I might try another pedal. Improvements to the pedal would be to make the poly mode more accurate and to have a footswitch to change between tunings (though the tuning only affects the poly mode) otherwise I think TC Electronics have made this a very good pedal tuner and I would recomend everyone should at least try it out.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The pedal is housed in a robust metal casing so I reckon it will take a fair amount of abuse. I wouldn't rely on batteries to power the unit, but it doesn't go through batteries particularly quickly. Personally I use mains power then use the pedals power output to power my other pedals via a daisy chain. I deffinately wouldn't take a backup to a gig.
Ease of Use — 9
As simple as tuners can get really, plug in, turn on, strum and tune. The display is easy to understand and always easily visible. Changing the settings is done via 2 buttons on the back of the unit and once set the pedal remembers your settings. The pedal detects how many strings are being played and automatically switches between polyphonic and single mode accordingly. Accesing the battery is simple requiring a Pick or a coin to open the compartment. My only real problem is the footswitch being a button rather than a pad (like on Boss pedals) but this is more personal preference than anything.