Great unit. I bought it on a whim, never owned a rackmount unit before, and it has been a staple in some of my playing ever since I bought it!
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ebay/used
Nice digital readout, scrolling words, very easy to use, even without a manual. However, Rocktron will give you a manual if you ask them or obtain from their website (like I did)
2 channel, preamp, with a HUSH system. Their "HUSH" system is basically a noise suppressor. Which works very well, but I rarely use this feature. My equipment is fairly quiet to begin with.
No tubes in this preamp. However, Rocktron does have rackmount units with tubes, like the Gainiac.
AC Powered, cord built into unit. Very sturdy cord.
This unit gets VERY good distortion, and pretty clean sounds also. The distortion can be tuned and dialed in to fit almost any taste in music. Everything from Classic rock to Nuclear-type distortion. Sounds even better if you're runnin' humbucker's, instead of single coil pickups. But, either way, if you're a serious metalhead, I really think you'll LOVE this preamp.
I play tons of metal, bands range from most 80's metal & other great stuff like Judas Priest, Maiden, Ozzy, Jag Panzer, In Flames, Stratovarious, Helloween, King Diamond/Merciful Fate....etc and this rack unit works VERY well at emulating those bands.
Quite easy to use. Even without a manual, it can be figured out in a matter of 15-20 minutes.
It's a rack unit....Not much happens to rack units. Seeing how they're permanently mounted, far away from the ground, and not abused.