I tried the DR-5, and with the difference in price, the eBay find, and the functions I needed. This unit was just fine for my purposes.
I like the volume and tempo controls. The patches like I mentioned are fairly easy to program. The only drawback, is it does have a volatility problem, that is mentioned in the manual. But I have yet to lose a program, in the couple of weeks I've had it, so we will see!
Model Year: 1992
Where Obtained: eBay
Numeric Keys 1 thru 8
Key Pads: 1 thru 12
It is both battery and AC powered, and I got the AC adapter with the deal. It is also stereo, or mono.
I use a Les Paul and Peavey Wolfgang with it.
The sound is just fine for it's use. In fact why buy a more expensive model, unless recording is an issue!
It is programmable with 64 preset patterns, and 64 programmable patterns.
As with most drum machines, it takes some time to program in a song. There is just no way around it, using any drum machine This unit does require maybe a few more buttons to push but not too many to make it much more time consumming.
As with the less expensive Boss units, it is made from composite plastics, but this thing will never leave the house, and I have seen it fall 5 feet, and it keeps on ticking. So it is made well.
Not quite the best machine on the market but well worth the price. Good for a practicing musician.
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Moore's Music Emporium
Lack of a decent saving feature; could use a bit more sounds