Overall, this is one of the best multi effects units I've used. T.C Electronics and Lexicon make incredible stuff, but I'd have to sell my car to get one. Don't confuse this unit with the plain old Tube Fex. That's the more expensive (but less practical) model. The Trans Tube Fex isn't an actual tube processor, it emulates tube, and does a killer job of it.
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: M&M Music
This is an extremely versatile unit that has 4 separate emulated tube channels, beautiful sounding analog effects, stereo low impedance direct outputs, separate effects loop, two banks of 128 factory preset sounds and one bank with an additional 128 user presets (RAM card is sold separately). There is also a pedal board that is sold separately (a definite must for gigging). One of the best features are the actual knobs to control the lows, mids, highs and gain. This is a great feature that eliminates the need to go inside of the preset just to tweak the mids a little.
I use this unit with a DC Standard Les Paul and an Strat through an early 80s Marshall JCM 800 50 watt head and matching 300 watt cabinet. My band plays all orginal music that calls for a wide range of tones, textures, and even some tripped out effects. This unit is perfect for any style, since it's incredibly configurable. The distortions have balls, especially the tube sounds, but for those lovers of classic peavy transistor distortion and or overdrive, you have the option of total solid state distortion sounds.
I'm so tired of option anxiety and spending rediculous amounts of money on top-of-the-line effects processors that are designed for people who have 3 years of their lives to spend reading a manual. This unit is simple to figure out, and there are endless sound possibilities. If you know how to dial in sounds on stomp boxes, you'll figure this thing out.
Sometimes it seems like it's getting a little warm, but it's nothing to worry about. The switching isn't super duper fast, but it's quick enough to change without screwing anything up in the song. There's a global control to conquer unbalanced stage volumes of different presets.