Having said all of that, this pedal sounds amazing. It took me about 2 hours to dial in the sound I wanted on the silicon rectifier channel, and then – having come up the learning curve - about 20 minutes to dial in the sound I wanted on the valve rectifier side. Anderton’s Music Companies “That Pedal Show” has done a couple of shows on this pedal, and they do a very good job. The only pedal that I think may out-perform the RevivalDrive is the Constable. I’m on the waiting list for the Constable and I think I’ll be receiving mine in about 3 months (I’ve been on the waiting list for about 9 months). When I get it and have owned it for a while, I’ll review it.
I was able to dial in a warm Fender Black-Face type of tone out of the silicon rectifier side, and a grittier Marshall tone out of the valve rectifier side. Once I dialed in my tone on each side, I left it alone. I switch to the channel I want stomp-box style when I’m playing, using the silicon rectifier for rhythm and the valve side for soloing. But these are the tones I was looking for – I suppose you could use the RevivalDrive to set the tone on each channel in an infinite number of ways!
The Pedal’s Performance
I have a pretty quiet signal chain, and adding this pedal did not add any noise. When I get the tone quality I want and none of the noise, I’m a happy man. As I said, it’s built like a tank, so what else to say other than it gets an A for performance. I have an Origin Effects SlidedRig Compact Deluxe in front of this pedal, and I plug the RevivalDrive out into my amp’s front-end. While my Bogner Ecstasy Blue pedal technically sits in front of it, I rarely turn both on. I view them as separate channels. But occasionally I use both simultaneously.