"Open up blocks of previous forbidden practice time!"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The tone is meant to be vintage, and in that, I think it does a pretty good job. The clean setting is good. The distortion can be dialed up and down, and is good vintage distortion. If you are looking for modern rectified (Mesa Boogie) overdrive distortion, then you are looking for something that will not be there. The "echo" reverb is nice, and actually sounds pretty good on my Gibson LP Studio with the distortion on a low setting and playing some blues. My one complaint with the echo setting is that it's not adjustable. You either have it, or you don't. Still, considering that this is a practice unit, and you can play your heart out without the neighbors caring, I'm not that disappointed. One last thing about sound...you will have some noise when the unit is on. It's there as soon as you turn the unit on, and no adjustment will get rid of it. The good thing is that when you are playing, you just don't hear it at all. I can't complain, however, because most tube amps I owned generally had some level of noise at some level of output. It seems like this could be fixed, however.
Like I stated under sound, I would like to see an adjustment for the reverb/echo setting. Other than that, this is a good personal practice amp with adequate controls.
Ease of Use:
If there is something easier than pushing a button and dialing in your level of distortion, I don't know what it is. Very simple to use.
If it were anything other than plastic, I'd probably rate it a 10. I don't like my vintage green color, but I wasn't buying it for looks. I do like the clip. I can stick it on my belt or the guitar strap, and otherwise the unit seems sturdy enough for practice use.
Haven't dealt with them.
At $25, this is a pretty good value. If you are looking to practice without bothering your family, neighbors, cars driving by, etc., this is one of the best values you're going to find in a personal headphone amp.
The Wow Factor:
Personally, I would rather just have a rectangular box with switches and dials that produced sound. This has that Danelectro vintage chic look. If you already like Danelectro, this is right up your alley. If you are a modern player with modern tastes, this is going to funkify your world a little...it does have it's own style...but primarily, it's still a headphone amp that is a good value and very functional in what it does.
Overall, this is a pretty good unit, and considering I just use it to practice at home, I expect it to last for quite awhile. I noticed some comments about headphones, but these are fine if you are using this unit for practice when you can't crank your amp. If you are playing for personal enjoyment only, then perhaps you'd like to upgrade your headphones. The unit has given me a whole block of time to practice I didn't have before (when the kids are sleeping and my wife has gone to bed). The fact that I can crank my guitar and practice without disturbing a soul is worth every penny. I'd definitely buy this unit again if I needed to replace it.