Its fairly quiet, evens out your levels as you play. Most of the settings are not obvious, yet you can tell that its keeping the levels (harmonics, notes, chords) at a fairly even level.
I looked at an old DOD compressor, and a used Boss before that. This one was in much better shape.
Where Obtained: local store
Level and sensitivity controls - can run on AC adaptor (got one for $10 - Dano Zero Hum)
So far I am using it with my bass - 4 string short scale bass with a humbucker. I tried it with a Bronco bass as well in the shop. It does not seem to cut off any low frequencies - I tried it with the bass, then tried the bass direct to the amp as well.
I play rock, pop and some blues.
If you turn the Sensitivity knob all the way up, it has some noise, but I doubt most people would use it that way. Once you turn that all the way up, and the Level is 1/2 way up, you lose most of your dynamics.
It only has 2 knobs, some compressors have more. I think just 2 knobs makes it easy to use.
My best settings for it are: Level just under 1/2 way up, and Sensitivity about 1/2 way up.
I think it would be OK to use live. I have 2 other Dano effects, one I got 10 years ago, it still functions just fine. The other pedal I got used, and its running OK too.
Overall it's a very good compressor. It's not for the advanced players, more for the people who just want to try out a compressor and not break the bank.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $48.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mike's Music Shop
Controls for Level and Sensitivity. It's not too hard to find a setting that you'll like.
Very good quality, doesn't fuzz out or pick up radio signals like some Dano pedals.
2 knobs, one switch. Experiment.
Dano isn't known for long-lasting pedals, but i've never EVER had a problem with the plastic casings.